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Project by mtairymd posted 12-12-2017 10:04 PM 1052 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a picture of marble machine years ago and I finally got around to trying to make my own. I seriously had doubts about getting it working; so I didn’t want to invest money in nice wood. Therefore, besides the dowels, everything you see was made from a scrap 2×4.

As expected, it was a challenge to get mechanism worked out. I had to remake the cup and adjust the pivot point but I eventually got it working as shown in video.

Build Instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/Wooden-Marble-Roller-Machine/

In Action: https://youtu.be/sel0w0gXGQk





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#1 posted 12-13-2017 12:18 AM

Looks like a fun toy!

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#2 posted 12-13-2017 12:47 AM

Yeah, it is pretty fun to watch.


Looks like a fun toy!

- sras


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#3 posted 12-13-2017 02:46 AM

When I first saw it I thought it was one of them take a squirrel for a ride thingies.
Very interesting!!!

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#4 posted 12-13-2017 04:01 AM

This is a very cool toy. Should keep the little ones and big one busy for hours! Nice work!

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#5 posted 12-13-2017 04:17 AM

this is great!!

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#6 posted 12-13-2017 10:27 AM

You are giving me ideas…lol


When I first saw it I thought it was one of them take a squirrel for a ride thingies.
Very interesting!!!

- htl


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#7 posted 12-13-2017 10:28 AM

Thank you


this is great!!

- franktha4th


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#8 posted 12-13-2017 10:28 AM

Thank you


This is a very cool toy. Should keep the little ones and big one busy for hours! Nice work!

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#9 posted 12-13-2017 04:50 PM

That’s really cool, and the video is oddly mesmerizing.

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#10 posted 12-13-2017 07:02 PM

You did a nice job on this marble rolling machine. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to play around with.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#11 posted 12-13-2017 09:32 PM

Thanks.


That s really cool, and the video is oddly mesmerizing.

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#12 posted 12-13-2017 09:32 PM

Thanks. The family is already tired of hearing the clicking marbles :)


You did a nice job on this marble rolling machine. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to play around with.

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

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#13 posted 12-14-2017 01:47 AM

That looks like so much fun!

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#14 posted 12-15-2017 04:58 PM

Very nice… gonna have to give this one a try. Love projects that have movable parts!
Thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 12-15-2017 06:14 PM

Thanks. This was fun and to build. I like the moving parts also :)


Very nice… gonna have to give this one a try. Love projects that have movable parts!
Thanks for sharing.

- Howard


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