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Cube Doming Sinking Swage Block

Cubic Swage Block
Cube Doming Sinking Swage Block:

Submitted by Bruce Beamish of Australia. Text and Image processing by Jock Dempsey.

I have designed blocks similar to this because what could be simpler than a cube, and how nice it would be to have a stand with one shape to support a block on all sides. However, there are practical issues.

This 8 x 8 x 8" cube weighs 140 pounds before the depressions are taken out. That is a HEAVY block for its size. Being the most efficient and compact simple shape short of being a sphere it has a minimum of surface area for features. This means that a big chunk of the mass is wasted inside the block.

A block like this is also impractical to cast in through holes. And IF holes were cast in they would be prone to tools and pieces of work getting stuck in them.

While it is not the most practical block from an efficiency stand point I would not turn one down. It is as stout as one can get and has useful pan and sphere depressions as well as long half rounds and V's.

Dimensions 8" x 8" x 8"
Weight 130 pounds.


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