I needed a Christmas gift for my youngest son. I was looking for wooden building blocks that I could somehow decorate. But I could not find any anywhere. Then my wife said “Couldn’t you make some with the GlowForge?” Of course I can! She’s brilliant.
So a quick 5 minutes in Fusion 360, and here they are:
They are 2"x 2". I put some center struts in the cube, and once assembled, they feel REALLY solid. I had the older kids toss them around, and they stand up to a lot of abuse. One of them even stood on them, and they held up. They have a good weight to them and they almost feel like solid wood cubes. AND they are all exactly the same width on each side, so stacking them is really easy.
Here is the SVG for it:
(Right click to save it).
I made it using inkscape. If the scale if off you can adjust it. The page should be 12"x20" and each side of the cube should be 2"x2".
Assembly is really easy.
Take the 2 ones with slots and slot them together (I use wood glue to glue them):
Then find the parts with “cross” holes and put them on each end:
Then find 2 matching parts and glue them on opposite sides:
Then put the last 2 matching parts on the last 2 opposite sides:
Then put some elastics around them to hold until the glue sets:
I made a dozen. I’m going to print 6 pictures (of the people in my family), cut each picture into 12 2x2 segments and stick them on different sides of the cubes. It will make an interesting puzzle.
I’ll post pictures once I have those done.
You could also cut interesting designs out of veneer or something else to glue on top of each side.
Feel free to use this for your own uses. If you make something cool, please show me.