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02-14-2018 02:29 AM

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I’m trying to make a companion cube from the game portal entirely in wood but I’m having trouble with an angle. I don’t have a lot of tools since this is my first project so i’m looking for a way to do this as simply as possible.


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#1 posted 02-14-2018 06:57 AM

From the picture, that looks like a curved and sloped surface (not a simple angle).

The approach to creating this will depend on the tools and resources available. It could be done with:

A CNC router
A router mounted in a table—in combination with hand chisels
Carving tools

Pretty challenging for a first project, but with patience—and some tools—it could be done.

Is the “trouble” you’re having is determining the shape, creating the shape, or both?

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 02-14-2018 01:28 PM

Th is is the kind of thing that begs to be 3d printed. Do you have a 3d model of It? I could potentially help you if it will fit on my printer.

Otherwise, to make those shapes I think you would need a router and a circle jig. First cut the circle to the smallest diameter of the slope, then come back through with a bit that could leave that cove. It’s hard to tell from the pics, but it may just be a 45 degree chamfer, which is a common bit.


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#3 posted 02-14-2018 01:48 PM

Use a forstner bit for a 90 degree angle.

And or a conical bit if there’s a slop to it:

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#4 posted 02-14-2018 01:57 PM

I’d say that as a beginner, get it as close as you can using whatever saws or drill bits as you have and then use a rasp or file to shape the bevel and clean it up with sandpaper.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 02-14-2018 02:23 PM

I would do it with a chamfer router bit and make some patterns out of MDF. Perhaps make each side as a square with a hole in it. Chamfer the hole and then cut it into the segments.

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#6 posted 02-14-2018 05:02 PM

That’s gonna be tough without special equipment. Like others have said, it might be best to try and carve it out.

What are the dimensions of this going to be? If its not too small, you might want to consider building this in pieces. Start with the basic cube, and then glue all of the corners on. That will make it easier to shape that profile.

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#7 posted 02-14-2018 10:32 PM

Ok so I went back this morning to take some pictures and try carving by hand. I think I could get a good result with them but I’m pretty interested by the router some of you have mentioned. Do you have any suggestions about which brand I should look for? I don’t want to spend TOO much but I can invest in a good quality tool if its worth it.
Thank you all

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#8 posted 02-14-2018 10:40 PM

Band saw and tilt the table. (Little expensive maybe?)
Jig saw and tilt the base. (Less expensive.)

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#9 posted 02-16-2018 04:15 PM

I don’t think that using a router would be good idea. It could be done but by the time you get the tool, the proper chamfer bit with guide bushing or bearing, and make a template, you’ll probably have as much time into it as doing it manually. If you plan to make a bunch of these, it might make sense but for just one, not so much.

My 2 cents.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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