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Modular Marble Machine #9: Track Blocks - Part 3

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Blog entry by William posted 444 days ago 1042 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Track Blocks - Part 2 Part 9 of Modular Marble Machine series Part 10: Testing..............Ooooops! »

I had a good day today. Actually, it wasn’t a good day at all, but I did get a lot done. To tell the truth, I was angry today. It’s a long story, but I was just mad. When I get that way, I have a tendency to push back any pain I may be having and just go. I usually pay for it later, but I get a lot done.

That being said, this is what I got done today.

Three funnels.

Two circulating bowls.

One ski jump.

One rocker ramp.

Two flip flops.

And of course they all have the same grid measured holes in the bottoms as all the other pieces.
You may notice in this photo that the circulating bowls have a half hole removed on one face of the bottom. There is a good reason for this. These are usually going to mounted low over pieces below them. They need this relief area so marbles have room to clear them while moving on along the tracks.

And that completes all the track blocks. Here is a photo of them all, along with the riser blocks stacked neatly on top of the base plates.
Also in this photo, you can see that one of the five unit blocks got permenantly attached to the elevator column. That is so there is solid support for the beginning track pieces coming off the end of the column that the marbles will be feeding out of.

To give everyone a better idea of the magnitude of all that I’ve done lately with this project, here is all the pieces laid out in full view. The only thing you don’t see here is the base with the pump mounted in it.
Next up, I have to test and possibly fine tune the fitment of any pieces that are problematic. Then everything needs to have a finish put on it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/



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boxcarmarty

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#1 posted 444 days ago

Cool, Does it make cheeseburgers???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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William

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#2 posted 444 days ago

I’m sorry. I’m afraid it does not make cheesehurgers. When I’m done though, it’ll move enough marbles to keep your mind off the cheeseburgers.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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eddie

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#3 posted 444 days ago

William this one looks far more complexed than the one in your display area in your shop ,cant wait to see it , thats a lot of parts , Mississippi needs a good school superintendent that has all their marballs :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 444 days ago

William it is a mammoth task but your moving along well
I pushed yesterday and today is big time payback, I’m with you
More tablets and a wasted day in bed. :(
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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stefang

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#5 posted 444 days ago

A lot of work indeed! I hope this machine can cook, or make electricity when it finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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William

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#6 posted 444 days ago

Thank you all.

Eddie, it isn’t more complex at all. Actually it is simpler. It has been a tad more complex to build, but will be simpler in it’s operation. And I’ve never seen a school anything, even teachers, that have all their marbles. How can you expect them to put up with that many kids and keep their marbles?

Jamie, I do it all the time. I pay for it and have accepted it as part of life. I had to take extra meds this morning just to get out of bed. Rain is moving in also and that doesn’t help matters.

Mike, it does none of the above. All it will do is move little glass balls around in a fashion to keep simple minds entertained. That’s not the point though. What is the point? Well, when it come to marble machines, or any type similar to it, if you have to ask why, then you’re missing the point entirely.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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grizzman

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#7 posted 444 days ago

this is pretty dang impressive william, cant wait to see the marbles move, spin, drop, run along a track, and who knows how many movements will take place…but i just hope you wont loose your marbles when your done with this…so a new day has begun, with the rising of the sun, dont worry, be happy…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Roger

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#8 posted 444 days ago

Wow! That’s a lotta machining, drilling, and such. It’s gonna be good, I know it. Marty: u want to supersize that cheeseburger???

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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William

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#9 posted 444 days ago

I hope to get to the shop today and make up a track just to show it in motion Grizz. The problem is that this isn’t looking too promising at the moment. On top of me overdoing it yesterday, it is raining, and you know how rain effects me. I think I may just go back to bed soon.

Roger, yes it was a lot of shaping of parts. I think drilling all those holes has done one of my forstner bits in. I need to do a touch up job on it. It is so dull that it’s burning wood as it cuts. That aint good.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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boxcarmarty

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#10 posted 444 days ago

Roger, I’m glad you showed up. Can I get a chocolate shake with that???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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nancyann

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#11 posted 444 days ago

Hi William! Wow, you have been a busy bee! Looks really complicated, and I can see you put alot of work into it. Hope today is a better one for you.

-- Nancy Antley

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William

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#12 posted 443 days ago

No Marty. The shake machine is broken.

Thanks NancyAnn. It isn’t complicated at all, just very time consuming. Today actually turned into a catostrophe. I will be posting a blog about that after dinner.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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