Multiple-fall marble game with bell

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Project by DaleMaley posted 02-14-2016 08:22 PM 1106 views 5 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I saw an interesting marble game. I decided to build one, but my wife insisted I needed to add a bell to the game.

I designed the game in Google Sketchup. I used the same Wal-mart $6.00 bell that I used on my previous carousel project.

It took me a little while to figure out the right type of router bit, to make a marble track in a curved piece.

I tried to use the flush trim router bit method of making the curved track blanks, but it did not work at all for this. No matter how careful I was, when I hit the end grain on the big curved end of a track, it blew out chunks of wood. If I make some more of these games, I will either scroll saw the curved blank, or try a small 1/4” blade in my Sears 14 inch band-saw.

I printed out a full-scale pattern of the assembly from Sketchup, glued it to a piece of scrap particle board, then assembled the unit on the particle board.

The bell adds a nice touch.

This is poplar wood, which will receive no finish coating.

I put my design into the Sketchup warehouse if you want to use it.

I made a Youtube video showing the marble game in action.

To see my trials & tribulations of building this marble game, see my woodworking web site.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 02-14-2016 09:39 PM

Nice marble run. I have always enjoyed these.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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