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Marble Machine "Crazy Cateyes"

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Project by jelleknikkers posted 06-13-2014 09:36 AM 2179 views 7 times favorited 13 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!

-- My unique hobby http://www.marblerun.org





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#1 posted 06-13-2014 09:46 AM

Very cool.

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#2 posted 06-13-2014 10:41 AM

I love these machines, someday I WILL make one.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 06-13-2014 12:09 PM

Very impressive.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#4 posted 06-13-2014 03:23 PM

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 06-13-2014 03:32 PM

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.

-Paul

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#6 posted 06-13-2014 04:08 PM

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

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-13-2014 06:27 PM

COOL

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#8 posted 06-14-2014 12:03 AM

Very cool!

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#9 posted 06-14-2014 02:25 AM

That is so cool! I loved watching it.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 06-14-2014 05:30 AM

awesome!

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

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#11 posted 06-15-2014 09:34 PM

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 06-16-2014 01:42 PM

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.

-Paul

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#13 posted 04-04-2015 03:22 PM



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.

-Paul

- Ocelot

Dear Paul,

This marble machine has been retrofitted some months ago, i have just painted the unfinished MDF parts.
Thanks for your comment (sorry, but late)

-- My unique hobby http://www.marblerun.org

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