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These pentomino sets are designed to be beautiful and playable. The pieces are made from solid wood, each piece a different wood. The woods are cut quartersawn, which brings out the most subtle grain patterns and keeps the grain consistent among the pieces. The edges of the pieces are beveled so they can easily be picked up and handled. The pieces are sanded to 7/0 or 240 grit on every facet, edge and face before finishing with three coats of a urethane and oil finish. The frame of the boards are made of mahogany all from one strip of wood, mitered and wrapped around for consistency in color and grain. The board is nine-ply baltic birch with narrow grooves sliced into the board to define the chessboard layout. The boards are finished with two coats of shellac and two coats of wax. The selection of woods in each set is chosen for the widest color range, from holly to ebony, from hickory to padouk.

Pentominoes are shapes made of five squares connected. There are twelve ways to do this, which add up to 60 squares. I've added a 2 x 2 square to make 64, or 8 x 8. The unit square is 3/4 inch or 19mm. The pieces are 5.5mm, or just under a quarter inch thick. The playing field is six by six inches, and the board and frame is about seven inches square and 3/4 inches thick.

Sets include a case, which lets you play with the puzzle anywhere. If you don't solve the puzzle, there is room underneath the base to store the loose pieces.
The case is made from a solid walnut frame and 5-ply walnut plywood I made from walnut veneer the Steinway piano company threw away in 1973. There was a knot in the sheets, and the grain was a bit too wild for pianos. All plies are walnut veneer. The frame is from walnut my Dad saved for a future project, sometime in the '60s or '70s.

This is a difficult puzzle, but there are over 16,000 solutions. There is also a two-person game that can be played. See: for more information.

Pentominoes Wooden Puzzle

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: mahogany, baltic birch, basswood, cherry, koa, yellow pine, ebony, maple, holly, white oak, mulberry, padouk, poplar
  • Ships worldwide from New York, United States
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