MAGIC PHOTO CUBE
Make a fun, folding desktop photo display
for about a buck. By Ken Wade
Sometimes something comes along that snaps
you out of the blur of even the most mind-numbing
meeting. I was at this stage when the speaker
passed around a demo of the newest training tool —
a “magic story cube” that pulls kids into the learning
The speaker’s words didn’t grab my attention but
the remarkable object in my hands sure did. This
was cool. I had to make one.
The magic photo cube (the easy half of a Yoshimoto
Cube, a truly impressive object invented in 1971) is
made by the clever hinging of 8 smaller, identical,
and perfect cubic blocks. I had our local woodshop
make 40 nearly identical cubic blocks from scrap.
After mixing and matching, I was able to make
4 magic photo cubes, each consisting of 8 blocks.
The size of the cubic block doesn’t make any
difference for the project. The sides of mine are
136 Make: Volume 21
Cubic wooden blocks ( 8) about 15¢ each; I had 40
made for $6.
Clear packing tape free; always around somewhere
Photos fresh off the computer printer free,
using my daughter’s photo paper
» TOTAL PRICE: $1.20
about 5cm, the perfect size for 48mm-wide clear
The magic is all in the hinges. Use strong, clear
packing tape for hinges, taping the front and back of
each joint. Rub the tape down with a “bone” — that’s
what my dad called whatever smooth steel thing he
used to make tape stick — such as a socket out of
the tool chest.
Photography by Nattanan