Category Archives: 10×10

4.7.16

SHENGSHOU 10×10


FINALLY!! I can share it properly and make it my Cube of the Day!!

You’ve seen it already – I don’t care! So happy it is complete, I could make it the Cube of the Day every day this week!!

I won’t. But I could…

It’s been a long time coming. If you don’t know – I bought this a while back on eBay. It was SUPER cheap, £10 plus shipping. Only problem – it was disassembled. But the seller promised all parts were there. 

It was delivered. I began. 


I started by installing the small, internal pieces. This took a long time – I have big hands and fingers and really struggled to get them all in at the same time, but I guessed they would provide some stability. 

As I put some in, I knocked some more out. This went on for a while. Finally I got to the last couple of sets and then realised one of the pieces was missing….

I emailed the seller to check if he had it anywhere. No joy. I started trying to find one online. A long search found that The Cubicle had spare parts for it. In panic, mode – I ordered one. 

In hindsight, this should have triggered an alarm and made me check the rest of the pieces were there. But no. Too stupid. I ordered one, single piece for about $18. Shipping was so expensive. But I wanted to build it. Desperately. 

The Cubicle took a while to post it, but when they did, the actual journey was super quick. AND just to be sure I had the right piece, they sent me a set of all four internal pieces. I wanted to kiss them!

I got the whole internal structure complete. Then began on the outer pieces. This took a while – I didn’t really figure out which went together – just kept hunting for each, individual piece. 
When I got my act together and figured out which went together and where, the pace picked up. 


I was racing through. Before I know it, I was left with the last layer. 

But bad luck struck again. By some coincidence, Red was missing a piece. As I found out when I got right to the end. 

Sadly, I went back to The Cubicle again. Ordered the last piece and waited. 

It came. 

Down to the final few pieces. I was expecting to have to take a lot out, but in a rather anti-climactic turn of events, the thing was finished in about two minutes!

I haven’t got my money back from eBay yet, but that’s next on the list. 

Anyway, here it is in all its scrambled glory:

I am amazed to say how well this turns. I thought it was going to be a dog, but I lunes it as I built it. Did one solve last week and it moves SO WELL. Very happy with this cube. 

Ps – I definitely won’t get this solved in a lunchtime, but that’s ok!

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27.6.16

FOR SPARTA!!!!!!!

Finally, the emotional rollercoaster ride is over. Well, I still haven’t got my money back from eBay, but right now I DON’T CARE!! IT IS FINISHED!

Thanks to The Cubicle, I finally have all of the parts needed. 


The final assembly itself was a doddle. Much easier than I thought. 


First, I checked I had all of the pieces. 


And, doing the opposite of advice (and common sense), I took out the last eight edges, held as much in place with masking tape, then JAMMED THOSE BAD BOYS BACK IN!!


I had no idea if it would go – I was running on pure hope by now. But, low and behold, in they went!


GLORIOUS!


Back tomorrow for some more skewby fun. 

Peace out. X

17.6.16

10×10 woes


Well, for the sake of continuity, another update  on the 10×10. 


I went at it in earnest yesterday to get it finished. Made quick progress. 


Had a plan of attack to build up the sides, then infill the top. 


Things went swimmingly. Then came the last layer. Like any cube, where the problems begin…


I don’t have the smallest hands in the world, so had already really struggled with the internal pieces without the rest of the pieces to worry about. When they started coming out as I was putting external pieces in, I expected trouble. 


I got the first side filled in. With lots of bother. As I got closer to the end, I got more worried….


Yup. You guessed it – ANOTHER PIECE MISSING. 😦

Mucho sadness. 

Refund request to eBay. 

Order placed to The Cubicle

Tears. 

But. I’m still not sure how I’m going to get the last pieces in when they get here anyway!!

Oh well. Normal service will be resumed at lunchtime. 

I’ve added a new Facebook page. Please like and share here: Cube of the Day

Later. 

15.6.16

Addendum. More 10×10…


Well, I was right. I seem to have gotten much quicker at finding and placing the pieces. In quite a short space of time, I got another quarter done – it was a long day yesterday, so I didn’t do any more. 


I will probably finish in another two sessions. One tonight and one tomorrow. Fingers crossed, all of the pieces will be there….

14.6.16

A little extra treat…..


So, a while ago, I found a massive bargain on eBay – a Shengshou 10×10. I won the auction at a price of £10 plus £5 shipping. Crazy cheap.

There was only one catch – it was in pieces. But all the pieces were there. Apparently. 

I received it quickly in the post, and started putting it together. Quite soon on, I realised a piece was missing. The seller offered me my money back, but I discovered that The Cubicle stocked spare parts. Shipping cost was expensive, but still meant the cube was a steal. 

They took some time to ship the piece, but once they did. It came quickly. And instead of just the one piece, they actually sent me a whole set of the four internal pieces. Very nice. 

So after all this waiting time, today was the day to begin assembly properly. Much excitement. Kids put to bed. The dinner/play doh table became the assembly room. 

I had done a bit of assembly before the missing piece was discovered – one, or maybe two 5x5x1 corners squares. But I didn’t really know what I was doing. 

With a while to think about it, I now had quite a game plan and knew how to get going. Place in all of the internal pieces to (hopefully) add some stability to the core before working in the big, edge wedges and then the smaller pieces. 

And use tape. LOTS of tape.

I did fairly well – one whole quarter done. No explosions, or tears, or lost pieces. 

More to be done tonight (although it is 4.30am and I am wide awake). Hopefully progress will be quicker – I found myself fishing around for pieces still trying to figure what goes where. I have a new plan to tackle this, to hopefully speed things up. I’ll update tomorrow.