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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. Check out my video below or go to www.woodlogger.com to see more pics on how I made this.


 

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Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing your video.

Somewhere around here I have a thread showing step by step the making of cube-in-a-cube-in-a-cube...s. I think it's in the project
showcase section. I've made dozens of then over the years. They make great gifts.

You'll notice one as my profile picture as well.
 

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Chaincarver Steve said:
Just a suggestion: if you round off all corners the piece will look more carved and less drilled.
Seems like the round-overs on the inside cube can only be done using nimble fingers and hand tools yes?

If so, cool. I love it when technology gets a slap down from ingenuity!
 
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Seems like the round-overs on the inside cube can only be done using nimble fingers and hand tools yes?

If so, cool. I love it when technology gets a slap down from ingenuity!
Correct. I suppose one could use a roto-tool (such as a dremel or Foredom-style tool) to grind the round overs. But it's difficult to get decent curves with a small rotary bit. Though files would work. But, when the wood is soft enough, I do it with a knife (often followed by sandpaper or file).

I also round over the hard edges on the insides and outsides of the drilled holes. It's amazing how much difference that one step makes on the appearance and feel of the finished piece.
 

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Just did my first one of these after seeing the video for the first time last night. Like knowing the secret to a magic trick, I could not believe how easy it was to do this for the overall effect and wonder you get from people you show!

My bit had a center point that left a very large divit in the centers of all sides of the inner box so as a quick and easy fix, I drilled through the small box with a small fostner bit on all sides making it see through too. I like the overall effect of this and it got rid of all my tooling marks on the small box
 

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Sorry, had to run out to dinner. Brought it with me to show a carpenter friend at that dinner. Here are some pics. It is made from a mahogony 4x4 scrap. As mentioned before to get rid of drill bit centerpoint marks on inner cube, I drilled it out with fostner bit. I also ran a roundover router around outside of cube and inside of larger circles. Start to finish on this one under 20 minutes.
 

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kewl! I keep telling my wife that I need some forstner bits just so I can make one of those

Yeah I need a new large one. The one I used for this was smoking on the two end grain bores of the larger cube. I also was using the more aggressive style bit with the teeth and large center point. I would imagine that you could get the bit that is smooth rimed and with a smaller center point to alleviate the tool mark problem i was getting, but I still am fond of the full drill through of the smaller cube.

Note; I did the small drill through of the smaller cube AFTER I had broken it free because this was my first one. If I make more I will drill it out BEFORE breaking it free and it will make that process easier.
 
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