Rubick's cube inspired chest

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Project by Kmoulart posted 11-14-2016 02:28 PM 939 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my absolute first project from 2014, even predating my addiction to woodworker videos on Youtube !

So I had this idea that I wanted to build a giant rubick’s cube as a home decor, but when I looked into it, and decided to make it out of wood (actually it is mostly made of MDF), I evolved from a simply aesthetic piece to a chest, with casters to move it.

Fun fact, a the time I did not know about Sketchup and thought 3D drawing was hyper complicated, so I drew the plans with rectangles and shapes in Omnigraffle, creating the perspective manually to give an idea of the result. You can find the “plans” I made with all dimensions here.

About a year ago, when I learned how to use Sketchup with Jay Bates video serie, I redid it, and it is located here.

So after I drew up the plans, I went out and bought the wood, asking the guy at the Brico (Belgian equivalent of Home Depot) to cut the shapes I gave him, and he even accepted to cut all the 45 small squares for the 5 visible faces from 1/4 inch MDF.

Some hand cutting for the internal support and some hand sanding later, I coud assemble the box, putting a tiny amount of glue for good measure (I thought the screws would provide the required strength, turns out it is mostly the glue). The began the fun process of finding, buying and applying the paint, and my gosh, even buying samples of paints instead of full buckets, that stuff is expensive !

Finally, I used some construction adhesive to attach the squares to the frame, and I could add the casters and call it done !

I really like the finished product, the colors pop and it is huge inside !

I did not put any hinge, two ropes hang from the back to allow me to open it, which I do once or twice a year.

Thanks for reading me, now what do you think of this first project ? Give me your thoughts and comments here below !

Happy and safe woodworking to you all !

-- Kévin Moulart, Brussels, Belgium

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#1 posted 11-14-2016 03:02 PM

Awesome, very clever and original idea, also very well ’’executed’’. Toy storage that looks like toy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-14-2016 03:12 PM

Neat project for movable storage space and desktop space!

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#3 posted 11-14-2016 05:48 PM

very cool. I like that you did individual squares rather than just painting lines.

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#4 posted 11-14-2016 06:08 PM

This is very creative and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 11-15-2016 02:17 AM

Good job!

I would have to jumble the squares to match my level of (dis)organization :)

-- Mark - Keep-On-Learnin' :)

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#6 posted 11-15-2016 10:44 AM

can’t beat the clean design. Love it

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 11-15-2016 04:41 PM

Oh man, that is so cool.

And then my mind immediately goes to work over-complicating the project: Next time, you could make the tiles movable. Maybe attach them with a french cleat at top, and rare earth magnets that hold them in place so they don’t fall when the cart is moved around or bumped. That way you can “mix up” the cube, and “solve it”. Just by moving the tiles around, of course, but it’d still be fun. Maybe make the center on each face tile immobile, just like on a real Rubiks cube. :)

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#8 posted 11-15-2016 05:08 PM

Very nice.
This will be my first project after I retire… about 30 years from now when I am 78.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 11-15-2016 05:14 PM

That’s totally cool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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