Marble Machine "Crazy Cateyes"

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Project by jelleknikkers posted 45 days ago 1437 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This marble machine has 2 lifters, 4 paths (nail board, slalom with tipping lever, bell track and clickclock tower, bottleneck), a tipover container for 150 marbles and a “sound box” filled with bells, gongs, springs, woodblocks, etc. The marbles will be transported with the “Cateye wheel” to a hidden chute leading to the “holes board” with 2 exits to the tipover and the crank lift. The crank lift transports 3 marbles further to the 4 paths. The left hole leads to a track switch leading to 2 paths (tipping lever and nails), the tipping lever spares up 5 marbles before tipping and releasing the marbles via a slalom to the xylophone. The marble run is illuminated by 22 led modules in different colors.

Please watch the video to see it in action!

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#1 posted 45 days ago

Very cool.

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#2 posted 45 days ago

I love these machines, someday I WILL make one.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 45 days ago

Very impressive.

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#4 posted 45 days ago

Geweldig Jelle. Heb het filmpje ook even bekeken. Erg leuk gedaan. Succes verzekerd.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#5 posted 45 days ago

Fantastic machine. This is obviously not the first marble machine you’ve made!

I would be proud if I had made such a thing!

I know the action and color and lights are the main thing, but, since this is a woodworking site, I wonder about the variations in finishing. Some parts are painted, others are unfinished. Some parts are nice woods. I saw (in photo #6) something like quarter-sawn white oak. Some parts unfinished MDF or similar material. Also, some of the screws and assembly look a bit sloppy. This is a fantastic and beautiful construction, but there is room for improvement on the next one (from a woodworking standpoint). I say that in all humility, knowing that I probably will never make such an entertaining thing – and ought not to complain about trifles.

Of course, the real “clients” are children, who will not notice any of that. ;-) They will all be smiling!
I will try to show it to my 2-year-old tonight.


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#6 posted 45 days ago

You did a fine job on this. You have a lot of creativity.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 45 days ago

Very cool!

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#9 posted 45 days ago

That is so cool! I loved watching it.

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-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#11 posted 43 days ago

This thing makes me wish that I was a kid again, great work, there isn’t a kid in the world that wouldn’t like it.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#12 posted 42 days ago

OK, I showed this to my 2-year-old – even with Youtube freezing repeatedly (prob caused by being too far from the wireless router) – he wanted to see it over and over again.


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