Recently, I saw a video that someone posted from a local woodworking club that I belong to in Indiana . It showed how to make a cube in a cube. At first glance I thought how the heck did someone do that? It must have been whittled. Turns out, it’s a really simple trick with a drill press and about 2 minutes of chisel work. You can make this cube in just a couple of hours. The next question you may ask is, “what the heck is this thing”? It’s not a toy, and not quite art? My best classification is it’s a puzzler. Both of my kids kept trying to figure out how I got that cube inside the other cube. Needless to say I had to make two of them. So if you’re looking for a nice little project here is one to check out. I did my best to describe how to do it in my post below, but sometimes a video does more justice on this type of thing, so check out my attempt at making a video of this as well. Enjoy….!
For the lumber on this one I was able to pick up a scrap piece of untreated 4×4 in a bargain bin at my local Menard’s. The board was a little dinged up, but as I needed to trim it down to a 3×3 cube it worked out really well.
- (1) 3″ x 4″ x 6′ Pine Board trimmed down to 3″x3″x3″
Milling & Assembly
When it came to finishing this one I used a medium grit sandpaper inside and out of the cube. Sanding wasn’t too bad, but you have to dig into the cube with some sand paper and go at it. I then used a lighter grit and broke all the corners by sanding them. After that I applied a stain and sealer to protect it.