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Wooden Puzzles

Peter Friedrich Catel, a merchant in Berlin, decided to publish a mail order catalog of 'mathematical and physical cabinet of arts' in 1790. In that catalog there were many wooden puzzles. And more than 225 years later people are still being puzzled and perplexed by wooden puzzles and brainteasers.

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  1. Diagra wooden cube puzzle

    Diagra wood cube puzzle

    Diagra - "The puzzle that keeps you up all night" The goal is to make a cube, and the other nine shapes, from the 8 pieces of the puzzle. Learn More
    $27.27
  2. Cube AC wood cube puzzle by Vinco

    Cube AC wood cube puzzle

    There are twelve very odd shaped pieces to make this wooden cube. The cube will pack exactly inside the wooden box. An incredibly difficult puzzle to get together. Learn More
    $20.91
  3. Rollercoaster Jarrah wood

    Rollercoaster interlocking and dexterity and packing puzzle in one!

    Rollercoaster interlocking and dexterity and packing puzzle in one! You'll need to solve the puzzle inside the confined space of the box.

    Photo: These puzzles with clear acrylic elements are very tricky to photograph so that they show just how lovely the clear box looks. So I've taken a couple of a different background out in the sunlight so hopefully that shows the puzzle off better. There is also a photo of each of the different wood types to help you choose the colour.

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    $27.27
  4. Chess board puzzle

    Mino Checkerboard assembly puzzle

    Twelve double-sided pieces to arrange in a perfect checkered pattern make this puzzle look like it shouldn't be that hard, but the reality is quite different. There's also a sheet with 54 different shapes including the 4x4x4 cube to also make with the same pieces. Learn More
    $18.18
  5. The Nightmare sliding numbered blocks puzzle

    The Nightmare sliding numbered blocks puzzle

    Arrange the numbers 1-6 in order by sliding the blocks around in the tracks provided. Another hard puzzle designed by Jürgen Reiche. Learn More
    $50.91
  6. Try-Bal 332 wooden puzzle

    Try-Bal 332 rectangular cuboid 3d packing

    The 6 pieces will fit neatly in the wooden box. Each piece of the puzzle has three wooden balls joined by two sticks. Learn More
    $30.91
  7. Dice Cube wooden puzzl

    9 piece wooden Dice Cube puzzle

    Just figuring out how to pack the 9 pieces into the wooden box can be a bit of a conundrum. But the real challenge is to make the cube with regular dice faces so the dots are arranged 1 to 6 on each face just like a dice. Once with red dots on the faces. And then with only green dots on the faces. Learn More
    $9.55
  8. Set of 4 different Vinco 3D brainteaser shapes

    Vinco Set of 4 different 3D brainteaser shapes

    Four puzzles in a set to make four different shaped polyhedra. All the puzzles are very difficult to assemble. Each puzzle is individually boxed with it's own solution. Great value buying as a set! Learn More
    $42.73
  9. Up and Down sliding numbers puzzle

    Up and Down sliding numbers puzzle

    You can slide the 8 numbered squares. You can slide the frame up and down. Aim: Bring all the numbers in numeric order up and down. Learn More
    $50.91
  10. Set of 3 different multiple move interlocking puzzles

    Set of 3 wooden multiple move interlocking puzzles - all different

    Discounted set of 3 different complex wooden pack in wooden box puzzles. The pieces interlock and the boxes have obstructions glued inside them so they act just like another piece in the puzzle. Learn More
    $27.27

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There are almost 150 different wooden puzzles on our website, from the cheapest to the most expensive puzzles on the website, from the easiest to the hardest, across more than 20 different manufacturers.

Many different types of puzzle really lend themselves to being made in wood. Aesthetically people enjoy the feel and colours of wood, especially when some sort of sculptural element is used in making the puzzle. From early examples in Catel's catalog of the Small Devil's Hoof, to the very high level Bill Cutler burrs made here at Mr Puzzle, wood has been the medium of choice for many puzzle makers creating interlocking burr puzzles. And many kids have made the famous three piece knot puzzle in woodworking class at school.

Wood and rope brainteasers are another category often seen in wood where the puzzler usually has to remove a wooden ball, or a metal ring, from the rope tied in complicated ways through the wooden base. Often ending up with a very knotty problem!

Dissection puzzles are usually made of wood too. Whether than be 3D like the Soma Cube type puzzle or 2D like the Tangram puzzle there are many examples of these puzzles in wood.

And puzzle boxes too of course! Japanese puzzle boxes with their very fine marquetry type woodwork decoration have been amazing puzzlers for generations. But we're also now seeing less elaborate and complicated wooden puzzle boxes from China coming to the market. Great new ideas born out of functional boxes used to store documents and valuables.

Puzzlemakers have been creating puzzles and brainteasers out of wood for hundreds of years. And puzzlers have been collecting and enjoying wooden puzzles for just as long and look like continuing to do so for a long time yet.

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