Double-Fall Marble Game

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-13-2016 09:05 PM 1300 views 12 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have built several hand-cranked marble games of the same design before. I posted them on this web site here.

Recently, someone contacted me and wanted to know where they could get a pattern for a different design of marble game. This game has the marbles dropping in two different falls. He had a picture of the game. I searched the internet, and it seems a web site sold one some time ago. So, I don’t know who the original designer was.

Using the picture, I designed up this version in Sketchup. Then I did the trial & error work to get it to work properly.

I made this version in red oak with Golden Oak stain, and 2 coats of polyurethane. I still use the old-fashioned oil based poly….....I tried water based recently and let’s just say… and water based poly don’t get along well.

I made a Youtube video of this latest model in action. You can see it here.

If you are interested in my trials & tribulations of this project, you can see them on my woodworking web site.

You can download my Google Sketchup model here.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-14-2016 01:41 AM

Kool, I love marble machines ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-14-2016 07:22 AM

Well done!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#3 posted 01-14-2016 10:28 AM

Very interesting, Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-14-2016 01:09 PM

Yes, marble games are cool.

It is hard to get those marbles to consistently do the same thing every time when they are in motion!


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#5 posted 01-14-2016 05:44 PM

This looks like a lot of fun. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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