This Cube Of Playroom Drawers Is Quite Puzzling

If you’re looking for a piece of custom furniture to anchor your child’s playroom, this Rubik’s cube chest of drawers is just the thing. [Makendo] went the extra couple of miles on the project, building the entire thing from scratch and adding one clever feature after another to make it something special.

It’s made up of three plywood boxes, open on one side to accept a plywood drawer. The drawers were carefully fitted so that it is difficult to see which side is actually the drawer face. [Makendo] even routed a hash-mark of grooves into each face of the cube to make it look like the seams that make up the 9×9 grid of colored squares. Speaking of those colors, the “stickers” themselves are made of 1/4″ plywood and are not permanently affixed. Each is held on with a magnet plus a pair of dowels to keep it from spinning. This way you can rearrange the colors as often as you please.

Each layer of the cube spins thanks to some lazy susan bearings. [Makendo] didn’t want to add too much distance between the different modules so he routed out each side to fit the circular hardware. As a final touch, the drawers themselves can be locked in place using a dowel underneath one of the colored squares. We’ve embedded a video of the cube at play after the break.


[Thanks Karen]

18 thoughts on “This Cube Of Playroom Drawers Is Quite Puzzling

    1. They clearly rotate the center around the half-way mark of the video…

      This is a great project (and I must agree with [dave]; it’s not a hack, but I’m glad it was featured). My brother’s a huge Rubik’s fan and would love one of these.

  1. I Love this? Can I somewhere get information on how to build this,or somewhere to go with questions? I’ ve got some experience in making furniture, but this seems soooo way much more awsome!

  2. Be neat if the drawers could use both faces as frontages. One connects when the other disengages or something. Key it to a cam in the middle of the lazy Sudan mech. That way the ‘opening side’ of each drawer would be governed by the final orientation of the cube after the last time its layer was spun. Troll your kids while they’re at school :-)

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