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Rubik's Cube - The Final Solution

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Blog entry by Maclegno posted 02-13-2010 02:48 AM 2531 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally a Rubik cube that is solved once and for all, no more frustration, lost sleep etc. Move on with your life, take up woodwork or something. Live again! .
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.MAKE CUBE
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Made from 1cm MDF.; 10cm each side (I would make it smaller); cut 4 squares 9cm,1 square 8cm and 1 square 10cm…
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Make a cube

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VENEER FACES
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Glue a different veneer on each side
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Face with veneers

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.ROUTE GROOVES
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I routed the grooves with a 90° V-Groove bit ( NOTE I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SETUP)
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.Route Grooves
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MASK SQUARES
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Mask the squares with tape ( in Italy we have only white, Americans, use your colour of choice LOL)
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Masking
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PAINT GROOVES

.Colour the grooves black (I used black stain – a mistake, the stain seeped onto the veneers) Use Matt Black auto spray or a black marker.
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Paint Grooves
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.CLOSE UP
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Close-up
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FINISHED CUBE (Solved at last and forever)
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Completed

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy



10 comments so far

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Dennis Fletcher

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#1 posted 02-13-2010 02:59 AM

Really neat. Wonderful way to hone skills and use up scrap.

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 04:14 AM

Good job Mac cool technique

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 05:36 AM

Thats pretty cool looking. I too like the idea as a way to try out different things. Might have to make one of these up and instead stain each side with different colors as a sample.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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bigike

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 06:16 AM

cool

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 12:15 PM

Nice work Gerard. The thought occurred to me that if each square were numbered or had letters on them or even a combination of the two, some sort of game could be devised to use it with.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Maclegno

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 03:14 PM

Mike, you devise the game and I’ll make the cube. lol
Gerard

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 03:33 PM

gerard ,
i do a lot of colored epoxy inlay work ,
and learned to use a sealer first ,
to stop the leaching into the surface or side walls .
any spray , ( poly , lacquer ) ,
will do , or just paint some on first .
some softer woods just suck the tint right up and ruin the effect !

also if you use epoxy ,
don’t use as much hardener ,
as it gets hot and bubbles .
and i have to have a spray bottle and
spray lacquer thiner for the first 1/2 hour ,
to release the bubble surface tension .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 06:54 PM

I had always loved wooden puzzels and now you had destroyed my frustation over Rubric´s cube
and came with the sulution :-)) haven´t you been told never release the secret of puzzels/magic

cool little cube great way of try new skills with small projects
I liked your dices too Gerard

Dennis

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Maclegno

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#9 posted 02-13-2010 07:10 PM

Thank you all

Dennis G: you’re right, now everyone knows how to do it I’ll never be famous. Next time…

David: since joining here I’ve heard a lot about inlaying with Epoxy, something I’ve never heard of. I’m not even sure if it’s available here (in Italy). What kind of place stocks it? Could you be so kind as to recommend a book/site where I can learn more?
Gerard

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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Maclegno

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#10 posted 02-13-2010 07:59 PM

Is this what you had in mind, Mike lol
Gerard
http://www.puzl.co.uk/8colour-number-cube-p-94.html?osCsid=9163c208490abc8ed3c20b858dd24705

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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