Oskar's Matchboxes (Paduak / Tamerindo)

DESIGNER: Oskar van Deventer
MATERIAL: Paduak, Spalted Tamerindo
RELEASE DATE: 10.1.2019
EDITION: 18 Copies Released
SIZE: Approx 3"

Oskar's Matchboxes has always been one of my favorite designs. In terms of originality, appearance and overall appeal, very few puzzles come close. The five dissimilar pieces consist of an outer box and inner tray cleverly glued together. The goal is to assemble the pieces so that every tray is contained inside a box. With only two solutions, this is quite tricky!

Oskar's Matchboxes is a very time consuming puzzle to make, with all pieces constructed using the same shoulder joinery that we used to make the Tube It In puzzle. The end result is a puzzle that looks small and fragile, but is really quite strong.

These mixed wood versions will come with Maple trays and a combination of five of these possible woods: Ash, Purpleheart, Paduak, Wenge, Black Limba, Bocote, Chakte Viga, Jatoba, Zebrawood, Walnut, Bubinga. Unfortunately there are so many possible variations we can not guarantee any particular wood, only that the puzzle will look beautiful!

18 copies made for sale, each signed and dated. This puzzle is shipped disassembled.


This item is sold out and no longer available. Our Marketplace is the best source for discontinued work. We occasionally revisit discontinued designs at our sole discretion and do not accept requests or one-off commissions.

To ensure the proper continued operation and fit of your puzzles, please check out our product care guide. We recommend an occasional polishing with Renaissance Wax to keep wood puzzles in top condition.

Customer Reviews

Based on 24 reviews
Rodrigo G.
Great craftsmanship

Fantastic challenge offered by this puzzle. Great craftsmanship as always by Eric

enjoy high quality puzzle

hello Eric,
I have been buying puzzles from you for more than 10 years, I am very satisfied with your service, thank you for making such high quality puzzles, I will always support you, thank you

Eric C.
Very Satisfying

The quality of the woodwork on this puzzle is astounding. The tolerances are sublime. It may not be the hardest puzzle, but finding the second solution, and being able to reliably repeat them both means more puzzle time for your dollar. And it looks great on the shelf. I got the Padauk, but they all look fantastic.

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