Make a Fiddle Cube

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Everybody loves a fidget box or fiddle cube - I loved making my own, especially since I could get the fiddly cutting done online at I used Inkscape to design the cube, starting with a basic cube design and working from there. I uploaded my files to Ponoko, waited a few days and assembled the parts with PVA glue in about half an hour (not counting time to wait for the glue to dry).


3mm plywood

Fidget boxes are awesome, especially if you can design your own - here's how I did mine.

Another view of the finished box.

I got my project cut online at Ponoko - the parts come in the mail with protective film on them.

The parts pop out of the sheet, and you peel the film off. As well as the laser-cut parts, you need a piece of bamboo skewer, some small rubber bands, and a 5mm rare-earth magnet.

Parts for the wheel

Cut the skewer to fit like this.

Add the gear-wheel.

Glue on the back panel.

Glue on the front panel.

The parts for the rubber-band side. The spring came from a broken printer.

Loop the bands on like this - you might find it easiest to use tweezers or fine pliers.

Parts for the penny panel

The magnet should fit tightly in the hole.

Line up the penny panel and the wheel like this - glue them together.

The braille panel goes on next.

Add rubber band panel.

Add the xylophone panel.

You're done! Remember to clamp the box while the glue all dries, then enjoy!

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