Turner's cubes

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Project by JAcker posted 01-14-2012 07:20 AM 4298 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw some pictures of these on the web and was procrastinating. Figured I could make them. Wood is hickory that fell on my shop and salvaged from the firewood pile. I did not use a lathe or a mill – used a drillpress and Forstner bits. Used a scalpel with a #11 balde to free up the inner cubes.

First pick shows the first pair I made, second show a few more.

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 07:58 AM

welcome to Ljs
very cool cubes.

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 08:07 AM

Wonderful job

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 06:04 PM

Those are fun.

I made one of those as my first project when I got my forstner bits. I teach English to elementary school students and I put my cube out with a bunch of other puzzles I keep on hand at break time to keep the students occupied and work their brains a bit. The kids are still trying to figure out how I put the inner one in, and how they are supposed to get it out without breaking it.


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#4 posted 01-16-2012 05:23 PM

I see one that is 2 deep (cube in a cube). It looks like another is 3 deep and the other two are 4 deep. Is that right?

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 10:00 PM

The first two I made are in the photo on the deck. That is 2 deep, and the other is 3 deep. In the Second picture with 4 cubes, the first two are the ones on the right. On the left there is a 4 deep and the 3 deep that I made while trying for 4 deep and set the drill press to cut a little too deep. That 3 deep is still pretty cool because the inner cube has the cut outs.

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