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I bought this cube from Bauhaus-Museum Weimar on my trip to Germany 4 years ago. I like it so much that I brought it with me here and keep it on my desk everyday. My intention of making this cube was quite simple: all my friends who has ever seen it, liked it very much. Since I could not go back to Germany and buy more for them, then why not making some for them?
I did a brief study to understand the structure of the cube and how it connected. Then I try to category the parts, and calculated how many of each kind of parts I should make.
Materials & Tools
- I used a long piece of oak wood(I was too excited to took a picture. I divided it by three right after I made sure that it is enough for me to make five cubes.) Beautiful, with good texture and not expensive, but a little bit hard.
- Power saw and band saw for the wood, power drill for the holes, elastic cord(bought from Michael’s, that place is paradise!) for connecting the pieces.
- Cutting the wood to the size I could handle. The wood was so much taller than me before I cut it into 3.(I cut it with the huge machine) I did some calculation: each cube need three layers of square cubes, I need 15 in total, and the wood could provide me 18 from 2/3 of it. The last 1/3 could save me if I did something wrong.
- Using power saw to cut them into 18 square cubes. I used a stop wood to make sure each cuts are even. Tried with trash wood before cutting the oak.
- Cutting middle size pieces. So far it went smoothly. I started to like the power saw and its relatively accurate results. I tried to cut the vertical pieces with it, but it eats too much. I had to turn to band saw instead. Again, I draw lines and used stop woods. But it was not that accurate this time.
- Group Sanding. The band saw was so inaccurate. To move on making, I had to at least make the same group as even as they could be. So I decided to sand them together. When the wood are just 18 pieces of square cubes, they were easy. But when they were cut into 60 pieces, it became super hard just to be put together.
- Figuring out which sides to drill holes & drill them. There were 2 kinds of settings for big square pieces, 3 kinds of settings for middle size rectangle pieces and only 1 kind of small square pieces. 2 holes are required for each piece, the aim of the holes are to thread a elastic cord through. Although I marked the drill bits, it was still hard to handle the deepth for the holes. At the end, I found out I have to be able to see the drill bit in the first hole when I am drilling the second, then it became easier.
- Divide all kinds of pieces with different settings of holes & connect them. At this point, I had to go home as it was too late, so I packed them so I won’t mix them up. The other day, I connected the cubes one by one.
- Sanding individually. I tried to always keep them in groups, as when I cut them into square cubes, smaller pieces, those are cut together stay much similar. However, when I drilled holes into them, I had to take all the same shape from different cubes and drill them together. Even though I’ve marked each one with numbers, It became hard for them to get back to old groups. As a result, each piece of one same cube seems hard to get along with each other. I had to sand them again. In group and individually. Group sanding to make them ‘look like’ a cube. Individual sanding to make them feels better(not to sharp, not hurting when people are touching)
- I didn’t finished all of them. This made me a little upset. But the good part is, I did finished two of them and learnt a lot. And my friends liked them. ‘This feels satisfying, can I borrow it in the class so I won’t fall asleep?’ someone said to me.
- I knew from the beginning when I decided to make them, but I didn’t know the band saw could be so inaccurate. And I definitely
underestimate the difficulty of drilling joint holes.
- If I could start all over again, I’d like to buy a long wood batten which could offer me even size. The pieces could be a little bit more accurate.