Mahogany Block in a block

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Project by scottb posted 06-06-2010 10:17 PM 2186 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When looking up some plan ideas this winter to flush out the list for my next 30 projects in 30 days challenge, (the third, and final chapter to be concluded this fall) this nice easy one from Steve caught my eye. Looks like a puzzle, but it isn’t. – nobody believes it isn’t a puzzle, so they try in vain…..

Having moved and resurrecting my Shopsmith as a vertical drill press, I was itching to give this project a go.

Containing a cube, slightly bigger than the 1 3/8ths hole. This entire project was made from one 2×2 inch cube of mahogany. It’s amazing how small the inner cube looks in proportion to the larger cube, yet doesn’t come close to being removable. I love these illusory pieces. Thanks for the How-To Steve!!

The interior was sanded/filed by hand and the whole piece was finished with Howards beeswax and orange oil.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 10:41 PM

Great job very well done


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#2 posted 06-07-2010 12:29 AM

Hey, I like that! Ain’t it fun sanding? Was it hard to bore through the end grain of the mahogany?

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 12:48 AM

Great job Scott. A nice looking project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 01:17 AM

I’ll invariably spend more time sanding the next ones. I think using files was easier, I know I have some emery boards somewhere, those would have come in handy. I think going bigger would also be easier.

Drilling the end grain wasn’t too bad, though the face grain was MUCH easier.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 06-07-2010 02:57 PM

Hey Bro, nice cube to the second power…looks like the “new” drill press is accurate and percise. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 06-07-2010 07:07 PM

Great job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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