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Today's project is the Weighted Companion Cube from Portal, and in honor of the fact that Portal 2 is on it's way I would like to present you with my instructable on how to make a Weighted Companion Cube. For this project you will need a somewhat moderate skill at carpentry and a significant amount of familiarity with your Tablesaw, Router, and a chisel.
****WORD OF CAUTION AND DISCLAIMER********
This project puts you in very close proximity to a lot of sharp blades etc. Proper safety measures as well as safety equipment should be observed and worn at ALL times. Basically, if you lose a finger it's on you. So here we go.
10" or greater Table Saw
Router with a 45 degree chamfer bit (I prefer Diablo myself but you pick)
Shaper Table with a v-groove bit
5/8" Hair pin nailer (check Harbor Freight tools it's indispensible if you are a carpenter!)
1 piece of 2'X4'X1/2" Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
1 Piece of 2'X4'X1/4" Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
Step 1: Let the cutting begin!!!!!!
The cube itself is 5" by 5" finished measurement. First things first, rip a 5" strip out of your 1/2" sheet and cut that strip into six 5"x5" squares. Mark center on each of the squares and grab your 1/4" stock. Second rip a 4" strip out of your 1/4" piece of MDF and cut into 4"X4" squares. These will be your interior cube and believe me it makes the whole process a lot neater. You will have scrap of both left over but save the 1/4" scrap for the emblems at the end. At this point you should have six (6) 5"X5"X1/2" squares and six (6) 4"X4"X1/4" squares