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How to make a cube within cube within a cube puzzle

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In this instructabe I will show you how to make a cube within a cube within a cube.
The process itself is not very hard but it takes some time making it.
The cube have no purpose, exept form maby getting people puzzeld about how you got them in there.

If you make this remember that safety gear is important. Always wear ear protection and glasses while using power tools!
dust maskes also

 
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Step 1: Tools you need

Here are the tools you will need for making this cube.
The drill press you see is not really necessary, but it makes it a lot easier. i strongly recomend using one.

Step 2: Marking

Begin with sawing out a square wood piece. The length of my cube was about 6 cm, but it may wary vary depending on the drill diameter.
I recommend using a hard type of wood like I did. The wood I used was mahogny.

After marking the senter of all sides you are ready to go to the next step.

Step 4: Cutting out the cubes


Now its time to cut out the cubes : ) be very careful while doing this, so you don’t cut  yourself or  brake the cubes. A sharpe kife is strongly recomended when doing this.
You should not use cooking oil as it breaks down and will become rancid with time (that will attract insects and rodents if your not careful). Mineral oil or a proper wood finishing oil are your best choices.

It's a great project and instructible. I assume that the spelling (use of the wrong word) errors are language issues rather than lack of spell checker. If you would like, I could work with you to correct them.
Extra virgin olive oil works well though.
I've got a set of beautiful wooden bowls I bought at least 8 or 9 years ago that were olive oil finished, and have never gone rancid or anything like that. No special care, either. I use them as "junk catchers" in the living room, so they get the dust wiped out occasionally, but nothing else, and one of them sits in a spot that gets sun for part of the day.

Animal based oils or random veggie oils ARE a bad idea.
sabladask (author)  AbstractDragon3 years ago
In fact, I used olive oil. And it worked just fine.

I have now edited the instructable and changed cookingoil with olive oil. I also tryed to make my spelling better.

Thanks for this instructable. It is good project for me to work on with my daughter.

You may have gotten lucky with Olive Oil, but beware, if/when Olive Oil rots it gives off a NASTY rancid smell. My guess is that in the past the olive oil polymerized or dried without going rancid first. This may be a trick of your climate or just luck, but you will certainly know when it goes bad. I have a cutting board in the shop that my wife won't let back in the house.

My personal favorite is Tung Oil. You could soak the whole thing then just wipe off the excess. Tung Oil gives the wood a nice warm glow and solid protection when it dries.
mvanderdeen2 years ago
very nice ive seen this around but never an explanation
evan_1242 years ago
Made mine as a gift for the camp staff's Christmas in July thing we do. it was a favorite and a lot of fun to make.
and here it is...
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dremel is very useful!
thees are mine!
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awoodcarver2 years ago
Nice , we showed at a local county fair for about 25 years and we always had some of these sometimes to hand out to someone that wanted to try and carve .and a flyer to when the club use to meet ( now my son and I am only living members ) ..to sand I would start with my wife's finger nail files ...emery boards I think they are called
Wasagi2 years ago
This is really cool! I'll have to try it!
dvnfntn2 years ago
CUBECEPTION!!!!
hjjusa3 years ago
I've been wanting to try this with soapstone.
this is awsome :)
zack2473 years ago
this is really cool! have you tried this with mdf yet? it might yield a nicer finish and the edges could be smoother. but i suppose thats personal preference :P
sabladask (author)  zack2473 years ago
I have not tryed wit MDF and probably never will. this is because I do not like MDF.
I recomend using a hard wood type but thats my opinion :)
true, the middle sized cube might be easy to break with the mdf, it does get kind of thin..

but the mdf would be able to absorb a lot of finishes.
sabladask (author)  zack2473 years ago
But how are you going to get 6 cm thick MDF, witout gluing many layers.
Pleas post a image if you make a MDF verson
Thanks for the cool idea! I made a cube within a cube in about 10 minutes.

I found using a coping saw blade with one end cut works better than a knife. Otherwise you could use a pin-less scroll saw blade.
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sabladask (author)  benjamenjohnson3 years ago
looks nice!
the sawbalde thing sounds really smart :)
poza3 years ago
very creative!
CUBECEPTION
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You took those words right out of my mouth.
sandblast3 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/user/stevinmarin#p/u/90/TfV_APBk16Q

look here for a video for making the cube.

I have made a few,people love them.
The first ? is how did you get them in there, not how do you get them out.
ventifact3 years ago
Very good job! Try mineral oil for finishing as it won't breakdown.
mario593 years ago
I EVER wondered how to build such a thing... I've senn it in my youthness in my industry plant, made in full aluminum.
Congratulations for this instructable!
Neat & straightforward!

;-))))
Ganoderma3 years ago
This is so awesome! probably gonna make one soon :)
sabladask (author)  Ganoderma3 years ago
glad you liked it :)
Great 'ible athough you may want to spell check it...
ppatches243 years ago
i am very impressed love it going to make it hahah thanks !!!!!
Easy way of making this, thanks! I've a similar thing before, but I carved it. It took forever to make. This method is much better!
rimar20003 years ago
Interesting, seems easy!
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