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LooZ Fit (designed by Laszlo Molnar) Ships unassembled

When Laszlo told me he was not designing any more of his 3x3 packing puzzles, I was a bit disappointed. Then he sent me this design and I knew he was still capable of torturing us with his clever designs. The puzzle consists of four pieces that must fit within a tray, in two layers. Once again, Laszlo has incorporated the unexpected. You may just stumble upon this solution, but I think it will take quite a bit of work to solve this one!  Each puzzle has a variety of Exotic and domestic species used for the pieces (8 in all, 2 each in the 4 pieces). Oil and wax finish. 5” x 5” x .75” (12.7cm x 12.7cm x 2cm)                            

Trilogy (designed by Tzy Hung Chein) Moves or or depending on the arrangement of the boards. Ships assembled

My friend Felix (Tzy Hung Chein) sent me this design and I knew immediately it was a winner. Not just for the fact that it was a great design, but it is in fact three great designs! This puzzle, consisting of 3 board and 3 burr pieces is actually 3 puzzles. There is a unique solution to each if you rearrange the order of the board pieces and they all look similar when solved. A three for one bargain. I made this puzzle out of all domestic woods to try and keep the cost down. Assembling all the puzzles in each of the intended solutions took the better part of 2 days. I anticipated this and wanted to avoid having to charge more. I think this one will get a good deal of playing time! Oil and wax finish. 3.375” x 3.375” x 2.75” (8.6cm x 8.6cm x 7cm)                            

Curly White Oak Pieces with Ash, Cherry and Holly boards.


Walnut Pieces with Ash, Cherry and Holly boards.


The left photo shows the three different board arrangements in a solved state. The right photo shows the six pieces of the puzzle. Both versions have the same woods used in the boards, the burr pieces are either Curly White Oak or Walnut.

Cherry tray (sides) Baltic birch plywood bottom and Maple slip feathers. Mixed woods in the pieces.



Berlin (designed by Klaas Jan Damstra) ships assembled - Moves

Klaas Jan recently sent me several designs and although I wanted to make at least three for this update, I only managed to complete one. I particularly like this type of puzzle. I find them challenging but not impossible. This version is made from Panga Panga (which I thought should just be called Wenge), Sapele and Ash. Oil and wax finish. 3.5” x 3.5” x 2.5” (8.9cm x 8.9cm x 6.4cm)                            

Wenge, Sapele and Ash


Equilibrium (designed by Yavuz Demirhan ships assembled - Moves 4.2.2

I am always attracted to Yavuz’s designs. This one caught my eye and, even though it is not a particularly difficult puzzle, I thought it was worth making. Made from Padauk, Box Elder and some beautiful Plum wood, it is a nice challenge for the novice puzzle collector or someone like me, who always struggles to assemble this type! Oil and wax finish. 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.5” (8.9cm x 8.9cm x 8.9cm)                            

Tres Jolie (designed by Yavuz Demirhan ships assembled - Moves 8.3.3

I thought I had made all of Yavuz’s designs that used a unique frame. Then I looked further and realized I overlooked this one. I always enjoy puzzles that have a very interesting frame in which to insert pieces. This one intrigued me because the three pieces to be inserted were identical and yet it still seemed challenging. I also took a departure from my usual high contrast woods for this one. I love the Black Limba against the Ipe frame. Not much contrast in color but significant contrast in weight! Oil and wax finish. 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.5” (8.9cm x 8.9cm x 8.9cm)                            

Ipe frame and Black Limba Pieces


Box Elder, Plum and Padauk


Wheel Lock (designed by Tzy Hung Chein) Moves ships assembled

I knew that I was going to have to make this puzzle as a follow up to the very successful Dispersion that I made for the last update. This looks similar to the Dispersion but with a few more moves. The name also gives a slight hint to the eventual solution. I used Tambodi on these frames. I had never worked with this wood before. It is HARD and HEAVY, even the sapwood, which is cream colored is very hard and dense. Thats why I chose to use it for one of the versions. This wood was also very expensive. It has beautiful grain which can be seen in the close up below. Oil and wax finish. 3” x 3” x 2.125” (7.6cm x 7.6cm x 5.4cm)                            

Tambodi, Plum and Mulberry


Triaxe (designed by Stéphane Chomine) Moves 24.2  ships assembled

I liked the look of this cage and it’s simplicity. I added the wenge corner cubes for decoration more than strength. Another design that is deceiving for the simplicity of the parts. No obstructions in the frame and the pieces have relative few.  As you can see by the number of moves, most of the solving is done with all three pieces within the frame. Oil and wax finish. 3” x 3” x 3” (7.6cm x 7.6cm x 7.6cm)                            

Maple and Wenge Frame with Wenge pieces.


Chapel #1 (designed by Stéphane Chomine) Moves  ships assembled

I used three different woods on this design because I felt that you could probably use the help. I don’t think I have made a Board Burr yet with an initial 34 moves! At first glance I was worried about the 8 x 4 unit pieces and the gap that this creates within the puzzle, but the fit on these is very good. A really terrific design and believe it or not, I enjoyed making and assembling these. Even though I always had to refer to the solution. Oil and wax finish. 3.5” x 3.5” x 3.5” (8.9cm x 8.9cm x 8.9cm)                            

Canarywood, Yellowheart and Redheart pieces.


Havannas-1 (designed by Alfons Eyckmans) Moves  ships assembled

Not your typical Alfons design, with an extremely high level. This design fit nicely with the 4 in Frame seen below and the BurrBox 1 from last month. With the obstructions in the long box, you will have to do a bit of back and forth maneuvering to free all the pieces. Lacquer and wax finish. 3.625” x 2.5” x 1.375” (9.2cm x 6.4cm x 3.6cm)                            

Box Elder and Redheart


4 in Frame (designed by Stéphane Chomine) Moves  ships assembled

After making Tom Jolly’s BurrBox last month I had to move on to this gem. I really enjoyed making Tom’s and these were fun too. With a higher level than the Burrbox, they should give you a real challenge. 2.25” x 2” x 2” (5.7cm x 5.1cm x 5.1cm)                            

Olive Ash box & Kingwood pcs


Colonel’s Bouquet (designed by George Sicherman)  ships unassembled

Straight from the IPP37 design contest is this very clever puzzle. The four hexacubes can combine in any pair to make a symmetrical shape, each with a unique solution. Then you can take all four pieces and make the block shown below. Again with a unique solution. Wood choices are listed below. 2.25” x 1.625” x 1.125” (5.7cm x 4.1cm x 2.8cm) solved as block                            






Y6BB #3 (designed by Yavuz Demirhan) Moves  ships assembled

Last month I had another of Yavuz’s y6BB puzzles available and I had a lot of requests for more. I think this might be one of the easier ones, making it a good introduction to board burrs. Now that is just my opinion, and remember I am looking at the solution throughout the entire production and assembly process. So take that opinion for what it’s worth, maybe nothing. As you may know, I love Board Burrs and I am always going to try and have one in every update. Thanks to my prolific friend Yavuz!  3” x 3” x 3” (7.6cm x 7.6cm x 7.6cm)                            

Granadillo, Canarywood & Yellowheart


Only Two Left

Only One Left

Restricted Soma Reborn (this idea was given to me by Mr. C. M. Huang)

Three puzzles in one! This very clever variation on the Restricted Soma comes with 3 interchangeable lids resulting in three separate challenges. And boy are they challenging. A small hole in the side of the box is to aid you in some of the maneuvering necessary to complete this challenge. The 3 acrylic lids each slide into the top of the box and lock into place. I wanted to allow this to work without any movable locking mechanism. So after a great deal of thought I used acrylic for the tops and it flexes enough to snap into place when fully inserted.  These solutions are very challenging and it is a must for every puzzle collector. 3” x 3” x 2.75” (7.6cm x 7.6cm x 7.0cm)                            

Yellowheart & Ipe Box with Ipe pieces


Honduran Rosewood & Ipe Box with Ipe pieces


Sonneveld’s Illegal Burr (designed by Dic Sonneveld) Moves 6.2.2

Much like Sonneveld’s Cubed Burr this puzzle is more difficult than it appears. The “Illegal” moves necessary is I imagine how it got it’s name. These where rather difficult to construct since the illegal moves required some extra tricky fitting to work properly. Not recommended for high humidity locations. 2.5” x 2.5” x 2.5” (6.4cm x 6.4cm x 6.4cm)                            



Rotpack 1 and 2 (designed by Gregory Benedetti) Moves 1.8 and 2.7

Here you get 2 for the price of one!  These two rotational cube puzzles are a great introduction to this type of puzzle. They are not too difficult but offer a nice challenge if you don’t try rotational cubes often. I figured that they should come as a set, so you get both puzzles for this price.  2.125” x 2.125” x 2.125” (5.4cm x 5.4cm x 5.4cm)                            

Wenge and Maple


Ka’apuni (designed by Jos Bergmans) Moves

I think that by now I have made most of Jos’ rotational cubes but I always like it when there are multiple rotations and this one had eluded me.  With only 5 pieces it would appear not too difficult. But several that I handed it to had trouble even with the first piece! Now, it is not that difficult but as with all rotational cubes it requires a different way of looking at it. 2.25” x 2.25” x 2.25” (5.7cm x 5.7cm x 5.7cm)                            

Redheart, Yellowheart, Katalox, Ipe and Bocote


A Variation on Laszlo Molnar’s Twisted Sisters named 11 Twisted Sisters (designed by Tzy Hung Chein) Make symmetric shapes

The idea behind these three simple pieces is to make a symmetrical shape using any 2 pieces. A few of these are quite easy to find and others are very difficult. Several I have not yet found as I denied myself the satisfaction of checking the BT file. This puzzle went through several iterations and there is another version with an additional piece I may make in the future. (Cube size .5625”)