I built a wooden cube that has a sensor inside that talks to the Mood Cube SmartApp to control my Hue bulbs. Each face has a colored wooden inlay (held in place by magnets) that tells you which color scene will be activated. Hidden behind two of the circles is the bolt that holds the cube together. It can be easily disassembled when I need to replace the batteries.
Here’s a video:
Just thought I’d share. I can post photos of the build process if anyone is interested.
EDIT: Added some photos of the process since a couple folks asked. Enjoy!
The building blocks. I bought these online somewhere.
Glue and clamp. Each half (4 little cubes) were done separately.
Drill a hole for the Multi Sensor
Multi Sensor removed from plastic casing and fits snuggly into the hole. I chipped a piece off by accident when drilling… I’m gonna fill it up with stainable wood fill later.
I needed to use Forstner bits to drill shallow holes on the faces of the cubes to hold the circular wooden inlays. These bits drill holes with flat bottoms.
Prestain and stain. I used Minwax Special Walnut. You can also see where where the bolt goes in. This let’s me easily disassemble the cube into two halves for when the Multi Sensor batteries need to be replaced.
I accidentally chipped the cube in several places so I filled the imperfections with stainable wood fill before staining. Also… this is where I sanded the cube down a lot! It took a while since the little cubes I started out with were really uneven.
Stain has dried. Coloring the wooden coin thingies with watercolor. I bought these little discs from the “hard to find” drawers in the hardware department at Lowes.
I glued mini neodymium magnets into the slots to hold the colored wood circles. One of them sticks right to the bolt.
I finished it with one clear coat of water-based polyurethane (not pictured). All done!