A Turned Cube (and some Scraps)

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Project by rance posted 08-01-2012 05:58 AM 3366 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its hip to be a square. Well, its actually a cube. A square would look more like this.

Most turners are aware that a cube can be turned on the lathe. I’m speculating here, but I’ll bet this was probably initiated with the metalworkers. I’ve always wanted to try one for myself. I had half of a colored plywood blank left over after the toothpick holder I took it to the bandsaw and skewed it in two directions to make it a little more interesting. As for the amount of skew, it was totally by accident that it ended up almost symetrical from the corner. I actually would rather it was not. I’ll concentrate on that aspect for the next one.

Finish is a few coats of Deft spray Laquer with sanding of 400 grit in there near the end.


After completing the cube, I had some wedge-shaped scraps leftover and wasn’t about to throw them away. So I sanded some flats on them and glued ‘em up.

With just three of them, it wasn’t worth getting the tumbler out. I just roughed them on the belt sander by hand, and finished up with the ROS. Sprayed the bottoms first, then the tops. Some 400 grit near the end and a final coat. Enjoy! :)

Comments and criticisms welcome.

PS: I rounded the edges using the belt sander followed by the ROS.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 08-01-2012 06:03 AM

Pretty cool Rance!
Really nice work!
I wonder could you make a ring out of that wood? It would be cool!
Great job on these and the tooth pic holder.
I look forward to more stuff.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 08-01-2012 06:06 AM

At first look, a stone. A nice finish too.
Keep it going.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 08-01-2012 06:35 AM

you did it again, rance!

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 11:48 AM

Very cool, Rance. That sure is some neat material. Where do you buy it?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-01-2012 12:09 PM

Those are way cool. I’ve seen bowl blanks of colored plywood at Woodcraft and wondered what could made from it other then a bowl. Now I know. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 08-01-2012 01:28 PM

Now that is cool! What a Gem!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 08-01-2012 02:10 PM

Wow these is a waaaaay cool box great job Rance

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#8 posted 08-01-2012 04:59 PM

Spiffy looking cube ! Do you have a link to how it`s done on the lathe ? I have never heard of that one ! (but then, I am not into turning as much as some . . .)

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#9 posted 08-01-2012 05:17 PM

I’m with MonteCristo – I am trying to picture it in my mind and I can not figure out how it is done.

How big is this? I am thinking how cool a set of dice like this would be.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#10 posted 08-01-2012 06:10 PM

Whoa now thats cool Imma gonna have to look that up.

Kewl colors too BSU Broncos woot woot

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 08-02-2012 01:03 AM

A cube on the lathe? That sounds impossible but you have shown us the proof! Cool looking wood (I thought you were going to try to convince us it was some blue pine). Even the cut off scraps are cool looking. I think you are really into this turning stuff.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 08-02-2012 02:51 AM

very cool Rance ,how’d you get those colors?

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 08-02-2012 05:04 AM

Thank you all. I started with a 2×2 inch block, the final size of this cube is just over an inch. Actually 1.25”.

Imagine a die(ie, one of a dice). Roughly cut to shape. Pairs of opposing faces are cut, two by two. I’ll put together a blog to describe the process.

Robert, I think a ring would be great from this wood. I got this wood from WoodCraft, but there’s a guy here on LJ that also is a source. I’ve not ordered from him but he’s offered it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 08-05-2012 10:05 PM

Hacksaw007 is the LJ that has done a lot of billy clubs with this stuff. They look pretty cool.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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