Another Cube in a Cube

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Project by Grumpy posted 08-02-2015 02:42 AM 1275 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this out of English Elm which is a hard wood. Because of it’s hardness it made the separation of the two cubes a slow process.
I used a 40mm forstner bit on the drill press to cut the holes.
I ground off the tip of the forstner to avoid a tell tale centre point hole.
This process requires two forstner bits, one to start the hole and the ground off one to finish it.
A dremmel came in handy to separate the cubes. Proper cutters for the job would have helped which I have since ordered on Ebay.
Finished with wipe on poly.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 08-02-2015 06:14 AM

I’ve always been fascinated with this type of turning.
Great job.
I’ll have a go some day.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 08-02-2015 08:50 AM

This project is always in my head, you inspired me to bring it forward. I understand it is around 80 mm cube. Is that right? You didn’t use the lathe to make it, so it is not wood turning project. I think it can be larger by using the lathe as the only way. Well done, Grumpy. Thank you for sharing.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 08-02-2015 01:03 PM

These are really cool. Maybe they can be converted to a dice set. I’ll have to think about that.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-02-2015 01:38 PM

Grumpy, this turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 08-02-2015 06:34 PM

This is cool. I need to make one to have in the shop for new guests to awww over.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 08-02-2015 09:41 PM

there ya go Grumpy, you have stirred the troops into “having a go”, well done bud

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 08-03-2015 12:56 AM

Glad to know I have stirred the troops into making one. It is a good project. Keeps kids away from thinking about computer games.
Sam, thats a 50mm cube, I used a 40mm forstner for the holes.
I also made one on the lathe at the same time.
The lathe version is easy enough but it requires tedious amounts of rechucking whereas you can preset the depth on the drill press and handle the rotation by hand, a much quicker process with the same result but there is no reason why you can’t use the lathe. There is a version done in metal on a lathe on a previous post on this.
I would definitely recommend using a softwood on your first attempt.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 08-03-2015 10:21 PM

Very nice job on that, Tony. I wished they made a set of Forstner bits without center point that you can use to follow a regular one down the hole to make a clean bottomed hole!!

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

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#9 posted 08-04-2015 07:18 AM

True Jim. Maybe someone is watching that might take up the idea.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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