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Project by GWeigert posted 06-12-2018 07:48 PM 1416 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small toy is still under construction, but my little girls are enjoying so much that I think you may also find it inspirable for building wooden toys for yours as well.

The main challenge is to design the moving parts. Finishing is very important to get smooth movements. All made of wood (brazilian ones) and some copper wire. See the complete video in the link below.

Wooden Marble Machine - Phase 1 Completed

Dimensions: 20cm x 34cm

Feel free to suggest options to get the marbles down!

Thanks!

UPDATE 18/JUN/2018: Starting the descent module… see in the last picture “the bucket”. As I don’t have a lathe, this was carved into “cedro” wood. Still planning other parts…





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Redoak49

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 08:59 PM

Very well done!

I think some type of spiral track for getting marbles down.

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#2 posted 06-13-2018 02:10 AM

So cool!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 06-13-2018 02:30 AM

spiral track would be simply awesome to get them back down to recycle … GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 06-13-2018 04:06 AM

Cool !
So much going on there.

Welcome to LJ’s !

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#5 posted 06-13-2018 05:22 AM

A lotta fun there, probably for you as well as your girls.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 06-13-2018 12:52 PM

Love these things, nice work.

-- Chris K

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 02:59 PM

How about dropping into a bucket that then tips over into a spiral or wild slide down to a holding pen that feeds into the starting point? Great work!

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 09:41 PM

Nicely done!
Hopefully you won’t lose your all marbles!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 06-14-2018 04:32 AM

Nice. Where did you get the motor?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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GWeigert

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#10 posted 06-14-2018 02:04 PM



Nice. Where did you get the motor?

Hi Pimzedd! It’s a simple 12v DC motor with a reduction gear to ~40rpm. I found it in a hardware store for robotic stuff.

I have also a 12v rechargeable battery (1800mAh) pack embedded in the main wood base. This give us a couple of hours of fun with no risk to the kids, and also make it portable.

Tks,
GWeigert.

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GWeigert

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#11 posted 06-14-2018 02:20 PM

Hi guys,

Thank you all for the suggestions. I am thinking to build the descent in modules, so it will be easy to change the ‘solution’ just changing the module. Doing so, this toy will never get “done” and we will have fun building different modules for a longer time.

I’ll try to keep you updated. :)

GWeigert.

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 06-14-2018 04:16 PM

This, in my opinion, looks like a never ending project of fun!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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GWeigert

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#13 posted 06-19-2018 01:23 PM

PROJECT UPDATE: See “the bucket” in the picture below. As I don’t have a lathe, this was manually carved into a piece “cedro” wood with my cheap set of chisels. Still planning other parts of the descent…

Thanks,
GWeigert

Florianópolis/SC, Brazil.

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GWeigert

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#14 posted 06-29-2018 01:34 PM

See the bucket test video. Marbles are running as expected…

https://youtu.be/hjUlwYikux0

Tks,
GWeigert.

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