Cube in cube with drill press

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Project by Thatcher posted 12-16-2012 07:06 PM 3254 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

socrbent and his references were the inspiration for this fun project.

The bonus, for me besides these wonderful ornaments was

1. Realizing the need for and making drill press fence (again with lumberjock help!)

2. Being reminded to adjust the speed and tension on the drill press

(It was very slow going on the end grain of the larger cube until I had the tension right on the drill press belt. Slow is also better than fast as you could start a fire.)

3. Learning that a dremel tool is good for the final corners release cuts

Now to figure out a reasonable way to sand the inner smaller cubes (See comments)

-- -T

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 07:28 PM

You’ve done a great job of practicing cubism :))

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 08:23 PM

Good work. Thanks for the credit. The fence and stop block really do make this project easier. hmm – using dremel to release he inner cube. I’ll have to try that. Good idea to use them as an ornament. Wonder if you could use the dremel to do finishing on inner cube prior to releasing it?

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 10:11 PM

Might be able to find a dremel tip to fit in and sand the inner cube on the smaller (1 1/2” cube 7/8” circular holes) I just don’t have one that small. The disk sander dremel tip I do have should fit in the larger cubes (3 1/2”).

-- -T

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 10:44 PM

I have been thinking about the sanding process of this too. Perhaps there is a sanding bit that can be put on the drill press prior to knocking out the middle cubes.

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 11:27 PM

I really should try one of these. Just cool.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 01:51 PM

might want to look for something like this…

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 03:57 PM

You can find something a little smaller, and hook and loop based. I have a 1 inch sanding pad that chucks into a drill, use it for sanding details on bowls. I think i got it here:

-- Chris

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 09:35 PM

Just so cool..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 12-23-2012 01:40 AM

Thanks for the references. I’ll look into it. Can never have too many tools.

Update/clarification. The larger cubes (3 1/2” a side) are slow going no matter what in the end grain at least with my drill and bit.

The larger cubes are better to use a file to release. The corners come out rounded but even.

I was hoping to make six of the large cubes but have four remaining. Would like to keep the jig set up as getting that just right is where a good chunk of the time goes. But at this rate some higher priority project is likely to come along and need the drill press before I find the time to drill out the other four.

The deremel is better for releasing the inner cube in the small ones only in that it is faster. It leaves the corners lumpy. I don’t recommend a dremel for releasing the inner cubes from the 3 1/2” cube.

A strip of sandpaper pulled through the small cubes is fairly fast for clean up. I’ve got ten of these to the need sanding only stage.

Happy holidays!

-- -T

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