Cube and Cylinder Process:
I started off with two ten foot 1×8 pine boards. I cut them up into 17 inch pieces and glued them together until they were a total of 6 inches tall. The first picture on the left shows my clamping process. The plastic bags were used so that the wooden splints would not stick to the excess glue. Once the glue had dried, I removed the clamps as well as the excess glue that had dripped over the sides and began to join the edges to create an even surface. I first jointed the top of the wood stack to get an even surface, and I then sent the uneven sides of the stack through to get an even surface all around.
Once the edges were joined together, I set up a guard on the band saw that was 5 and 1/16th inches away from the blade. I sent the block through the band saw to create two 5x5x5 cubes. I marked a circle on one cube with a 5 inch diameter and cut out a rough circle on the band saw (I used relief cuts so that I could get a more curved surface without putting stress on the band saw). I then drilled a hole into the center and placed it onto my jig which allowed me to sand the block down to a near perfect cylinder.
After sanding each piece down to exactly 5 inches, I used sheets of sand paper to create a smooth and even surface. Once the surfaces were smooth, I used clear polyurethane as a wood finish.
Here are the finished products. In total, both the cube and cylinder took 4 coats of polyurethane to create a smooth and attractive finish.