Recently, I saw a video that someone posted from a local woodworking club that I belong to in Indiana . It showed how to make a cube in a cube. At first glance I thought how the heck did someone do that? It must have been whittled. Turns out, it's a really simple trick with a drill press and about 2 minutes of chisel work. You can make this cube in just a couple of hours. The next question you may ask is, "what the heck is this thing"? It's not a toy, and not quite art? My best classification is it's a puzzler. Both of my kids kept trying to figure out how I got that cube inside the other cube. Needless to say I had to make two of them. So if you're looking for a nice little project here is one to check out. Oh, and if you want to see more pics, a video, and other information on how I made this check out my main entry over at: www.woodlogger.com Enjoy….!
For the lumber on this one I was able to pick up a scrap piece of untreated 4×4 in a bargain bin at my local Menard's. The board was a little dinged up, but as I needed to trim it down to a 3×3 cube it worked out really well.
- (1) 3" x 4" x 6' Pine Board trimmed down to 3"x3"x3"
Milling & Assembly
It all starts with a block of wood. To get started I cut a scrap piece of 4×4 wood down to a 3×3 cube. If you make this take you're time you'll want to get this as close to true as possible.
After you have your block the first step is to find the true center of one side. This is easy enough by just drawing an X across the surface. Again if you make this you'll want to really make sure this is on the mark.
Next up I used a 2" Forstner bit and setup a stop block on my drill press. I only drilled into the piece about a 1/4". This is done so that you can determine what the depth will eventually be. I set the speed on my drill press to the slowest speed it could go.
After the initial drill take a ruler and line it up with the edge of two lines left from your initial X. This line will determine the depth of your drill press into the work piece. You'll want to set your drill press for a little less than the length. I set mine at about 1/8" shy of the length. At this point you'll also want to mark a small x in 1 corner of each side. This is done as a guide for when you're at the drill press to drill in a consistent manner on each side.
With your drill depth set, the next step is to drill into each side of the cube. You'll actually start to see the cube inside after a couple passes.
After you have drilled into all six sides of your cube you'll see the cube inside the cube. It will still be attached to each of the corners of the inside cube.
With a sharp chisel lightly tap away each corner from the cube. You'll hear it snap or click as you do each side.
When it came to finishing this one I used a medium grit sandpaper inside and out of the cube. Sanding wasn't too bad, but you have to dig into the cube with some sand paper and go at it. I then used a lighter grit and broke all the corners by sanding them. After that I applied a stain and sealer to protect it.