DIY Granite Whiskey Cubes With Marble Box

Introduction: DIY Granite Whiskey Cubes With Marble Box

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In this video, I will show you how to make and polish whiskey stones from a scrap piece of granite. I will also show you how to make a simple box from marble scraps to store your whiskey stones. This tutorial does require a wet saw, but the process of making and assembling everything is fairly simple. As always, wear the proper PPE when using power tools and saws, and do not attempt anything if you are uncomfortable or unsure. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to our Youtube page to see more content from us!

Supplies

Materials:

  • Quick Drying Clear Epoxy
  • Food Grade Mineral Oil
  • Silicone Carbide Wet Dry Sandpaper: 120 grit & 320 grit
  • Marble (5/8" thick)
  • Granite

Tools:

  • Wet Saw
  • Clamps

*You will need a very small amount of each stone. We had kept cutoffs from previous jobs.*

Step 1: Cut Granite Cubes

This scrap piece of granite that I had already had a straight edge on it. I wanted to have 8 cubes total, all of them 1"x1"x1". I cut a total of three strips of granite at 1" wide. Then I flipped each piece on its side and cut each strip to 1" thick. Using a square, I marked each piece once again at 1" and cut a total of 8 cubes. Personally I liked the look of the live edge, so I kept that on a couple of the cubes.

Step 2: Cut Marble Box

This piece of marble was a scrap cutoff that we had leftover from a previous project; it was 5/8" thick. You will need to cut a total of 5 pieces at the following measurements: two pieces at 5 3/8"x1 1/4", two pieces at 2 1/8"x1 1/4", and one piece at 2 1/8"x4 1/8" for the bottom of the holder.

Step 3: Sand Cubes & Box

First start sanding all sides of the cubes with 120 grit wet dry sandpaper. I also used this grit to round the sharp edges of each cube. When sanding, apply a small amount of food grade mineral oil onto the sandpaper, and make sure that the sandpaper does not dry out. After all sides have been sanded with 120 grit, sand all of the sides again using 320 grit. You can do a finer sanding than this, but 320 grit gave the stones a nice feel that I was okay with.

Step 4: Adhere Sides With Epoxy

I applied a small amount of clear epoxy to all of the connecting sides of the marble box. Using Irwrin clamps, I applied a small amount of pressure to hold the box into place while the epoxy dried.

Step 5: Apply Mineral Oil

When researching how to seal whiskey stones, I didn't find much information. I opted to toss the cubes in some food grade mineral oil and allowed them to soak in the oil for about 30 minutes. The oil that I used is the same kind of food grade mineral oil that I apply to my cutting boards; I wanted to avoid any chemicals or harsh products that could potentially be toxic. This helped to darken the granite and give the cubes a nice sheen.

Step 6: Cool Cubes

After the cubes soaked in the mineral oil, I took a clean towel and wiped off any excess oil. Once the epoxy cured, I place everything in the freezer to cool down.

Step 7: Enjoy Your Chilled, Not Watered-Down, Beverage!

Now that your whiskey stones have cooled down in the freezer, it's time to put these beauties to use! They're the perfect substitute for keeping your drink cold while not watering-down the drink. Enjoy!

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    12 Comments

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    misc15946
    misc15946

    Question 1 day ago

    I understand the stones are soaked in Mineral Oil and then the excess is wiped off. But the whole point is to have some of the oil remain to seal the stones.

    Does the remaining oil come off and into your first drink? And if so, are you expected to oil the stones after each use?

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    Nikita Maree
    Nikita Maree

    1 year ago

    Nice project. I also like the raw edge that you left on a few. Has a very natural feel to it.

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    crafty-fox
    crafty-fox

    Question 1 year ago

    This is very cool! If I don't own a wet saw, where might I be able to get access to one?

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    rmelchiori
    rmelchiori

    Answer 1 year ago

    Harbor Freight sells inexpensive tile wet saws. If you don't have a store near you, you can order them from their website harborfreight.com

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    ToolboxGuy
    ToolboxGuy

    Answer 1 year ago

    Take your granite piece over to a tile store, and ask them to cut it for you, as they have bigger and better blades than us common folk. Just remember, sometimes they crack, because you've relieved the stress inside them by cutting it. So, don't get mad if that happens. My tile friends have done it for free, as long as they get a set of cubes out of it.

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    lnxusr
    lnxusr

    Answer 1 year ago

    Your local Lowe's or Home Depot may offer them for rent, or if you're in a larger city, there may be an equipment rental center around somewhere.

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    nielkmot
    nielkmot

    1 year ago

    very nice. i’m not a chemist, but i thought oil dissolves in alcohol, whereas granite doesn’t. just a good wash should be enough to keep the stone surface and the whiskey clean, without any sealant.

    yammv.

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    antnolivesworkshop
    antnolivesworkshop

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for mentioning that! The mineral oil was a big help with polishing the stones and giving them a nice sheen.

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    slim49n
    slim49n

    1 year ago

    Slick idea