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Maron's Marble Machine (update 19-08)

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Project by jelleknikkers posted 08-04-2011 08:48 PM 2603 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

UPDATE 19-08:
I am making a Marble Machine for Maron, a son from a customer who visited my site. It has a spiral elevator in the center of the cube shaped marble machine. The spiral elevator is driven by a 24 volts motor underneath the funnel shaped bottom (near the wooden xylophone). The elevator brings marbles to the top to roll down via some paths with funnels, jump tracks, nail boards, tipover, switches, etc. I started building in April 2011, it’s finished now, but i must first do some testing and finetuning before delivery.

See this video
New video uploaded

Tools used:
- router with 3/4” rounded routing bit for chute like routings perfect for marbles
- scroll saw
- band saw
- drill press
- sander
And many more

More info: See this forum topic on my site
The dimensions are 62 X 62 X 62 cm (2ft x 2ft x 2ft).

Update 19th august 2011: I have reassembled the MM and tested it before making the video. Hope you enjoy it.

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





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Shrub

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 10:30 PM

I better not let my son see this! I know what he will be wanting to do all weekend

-- Shrub G. , Dalton Georgia

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MShort

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 11:14 PM

I love these machines. Very cool lift design that you did on this one. Thanks for posting the video.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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NormG

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 03:25 AM

These are such wonderful items to play with. Yoiu just leave it on the coffee table and people just gravitate to them. Looks great

-- Norman

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missingdigitworkshop

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 04:56 AM

Very cool.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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jelleknikkers

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 08:46 PM

Here’s a list with track elements used in this Marble Machine:

- 4 funnels
- 3 nail boards (it makes a funny noise when marbles bounce through it)
- switch board with 6 switches (flipflops) and 4 exits
- slalom tracks
- Maron name plate (a labyrinth track)
- 2 xylophones: a metal one (metalophone) and a wooden one
- Bell board with 7 bicycle bells, 3 springs and some nails
- 2 pendulums

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

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gurnie

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 09:28 PM

I don’t have a kid yet but when i do have one i’m making them ones of these. I love it. I am totally bonkers for it.

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jelleknikkers

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#7 posted 08-20-2011 11:46 AM

Update: It’s finished, i have placed new photos and a new video.

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

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 08-20-2011 01:53 PM

You did a fine job on it and it looks like a lot of fun and I’ll bet that it was also a lot of fun to build as well.

-- 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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jelleknikkers

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#9 posted 08-22-2011 08:50 PM

I have placed a new video, the view counter was frozen, now it’d resetted.

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

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