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53 - Pool ball cube

Pool ball cube
Pool ball with filed flat side.
Pool balls clamped in vice.

An attempt to combine the cube and the sphere in one object.

The regulation size pool table balls are reduced to fit the 100mm x 100mm x 100mm cube criteria by grinding equal amounts from each of the four “faces”.

Dismantling or machining a familiar object can often reveal aspects of its construction; it’s insides. The balls are satisfyingly solid colour, the numbers, stripes and spots quite deeply embedded. However with no other clues, how this is achieved remains mysterious.

The balls are pinned and glued together using epoxy resin, see slides, while the faces are polished.

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