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Project by Roger Strautman posted 12-12-2011 03:10 AM 2664 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made Christmas gifts for both of our grandkids, marble trees. I added a twist by chip carving windows and lanterns in the stem post. It stands about 36” and I made each color of paddles different sizes which make different sounds as the marbles drop down the tree.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"





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#1 posted 12-12-2011 03:18 AM

Good idea! I like it ;-)

-- "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 12-12-2011 03:40 AM

Cool toy, I would love to play with that.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 04:05 AM

Plans?

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 04:40 AM

Great looking toy Roger.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 09:10 PM

Very cool, but where’s the video? :)

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 06:01 PM

Cool. This is definitely getting favorited and added to my build list for next Christmas

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#7 posted 12-14-2011 01:39 PM

Hey Andy, as far as plans go I have none. This was a shoot from the hip project, I use a picture and the old trial and era method. I can tell you this it is a challenge getting the right degree cuts. I used a 3 degree cut across the stem and a 40 degree cut into the stem. Another thing you have to watch is where you glue the petals at on the stem. If you look close the petals are glued offset on the stem which had to be done to keep the marble from falling off. Another thing you want to do is to make the different sizes of petals this will allow the marble to make different sounds as it falls from size to size. I used 1/4” oak plywood for the petals and used powered dye to stain them the colors.

No video at this time but maybe later.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 12-15-2011 03:01 AM

It would be cool if the petals played a tune, but hat is way beyond me. I can’t keep one in a bucket ;-((

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

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