I have a lot of Rubik’s cubes. A LOT. It all started Winter 2010. I was thinking of things I could put on my Christmas list for my family. I wanted something I wouldn’t normally buy for myself, but something I always wanted. I saw a Rubik’s cube while walking through the mall at lunch and thought it would be cool if I could solve one. I had one when I was a kid, but never really tried to solve it other than pealing the stickers off and putting them back on in their proper location. So I added it to my list. I ended up getting two of them for Christmas. One from my Brother and the other from my wife Roseanne (who was my fiancée at the time). I didn’t mind because that meant I could have one at home and one at Roseanne’s. I had the week after Christmas off and spend the entire time trying to solve it. About a week later, I did it! The only logical step from there would be to get faster and faster. By the time I had to go back to work after New Years I had my time down to 3 minutes. I figured if I kept at it I could get better. After a while I ended up getting an average of about 1 1/2 minutes. Since then, I average less than a minute with my best time being 42 seconds. Not great considering the world record is around 5 seconds. But at that point you need to memorize a lot of algorithms in order to get that time.

I don’t know why, but I have been addicted to buying Rubik’s cubes. I have 82 of them right now. 30-ish of them are cheap cubes I bought to make a mosaic of Mario from Super Mario Bros. A picture of that could be seen on my Instagram page. The remainder are at work, a couple spots where I sit at home, and the rest are in this cabinet. Most are the standard 3x3x3 or 3x3x3 shape mods, but I also have many other types of twisty puzzles. You can see all the different types in the cabinet. The ones at work and other places at home are just different manufacturers of the same type of cubes you see in the picture below.

My cubes were sitting in various spots in my house and at work. I always wanted to make a display case for them. With some left over 1/2″ oak plywood I made a basic case and wrapped it in ash hardwood for the face frame. I had my wife stain and finish it with polyurethane while I worked on my Chisel rack. I hung it on an open spot on the wall in our bedroom on my side of the bed. I really like how it looks.

Rubik's Cube Case