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Project by jelleknikkers posted 827 days ago 4193 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m invited by the MAD Museum in Stratford upon Avon (UK) to build a wooden Marble Machine with lifting system: It’s my second international Marble Machine project and the first one outside of the Benelux. (I live in the Netherlands)
This Marble Machine is fully made of wood except screws, nails, bells, guiding rails, plexiglass cover, etc. It has 3 lifters (conveyor belt, ring gear and crank lifter which is mounted on the ring gear lifter. Marbles will roll down along 9 different paths. The machine is equipped with a halfpipe shaped marble collector at the bottom, when a marble falls off track, it will always land in the halfpipe to roll back to the conveyor belt.

Specs:

Building hours: 143
Number of marbles: around 50
Number of lifters: 3
Number of paths: 9 (without the connection chutes)
Dimensions: 150 cm X 58 cm X 98 cm (60 inch X 23 inch X 39 inch)

Paths: Platform 1: (between conveyor belt and yellow gear)
  • Bell slalom, wooden funnel

Platform 2: (after yellow gear)

Splitter:
  • Branche to Lever lifter to Platform 3
  • Spiral staircase and chute to Platform 1
Carrousel splitter:
  • Rainbow tree
  • Popsickle drop
  • Seesaw with jingle bells path
  • Double connection chute, Jump track and tambourine
  • Double connection chute, Tipover and pinball drop
  • Loop the Loop (with emergency exit, when a marble not make the loop, it will drop back to the halfpipe.
Platform 3:
  • Nail slalom (leading to tip-over)
  • Connecting chute, Xylophone, Chimes track, slalom, drainhole to pinball drop

All paths will end in the halfpipe marble collector leading to the conveyor belt to platform 1.

Tools used: (machines only)
Band saw, scroll saw, circular saw, router, belt sander, drill press, cordless screwdriver, dremel, plexiglass bender, etc.

Visit my website for more pictures and videos

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Update 15-05: Video embedded

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





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Bigjoemann

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#1 posted 827 days ago

WOW! That looks amazing. Good job.

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drbyte

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#2 posted 827 days ago

Another GREAT one Jelle!! Keep them coming!!

-- Dennis, WV

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Martyroc

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#3 posted 827 days ago

Very Cool!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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slapdash

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#4 posted 827 days ago

Genius

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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mtenterprises

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#5 posted 827 days ago

I love it! Some day maybe I’ll get around to building one. Well maybe some day. Cool Vid love all the things happening at once! And the sound is Great Too!
MIKE

-- See pictures on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/44216106@N07/ And visit my Facebook page - facebook.com/MTEnterprises

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 827 days ago

Awesome! I love it ;-) Someday I’m gonna build….............

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

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woodpezzer

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#7 posted 827 days ago

WOW.. It’s a marble machine, a musical instrument and the video is kinda mesmerizing! VERY COOL!

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Skiedra

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#8 posted 826 days ago

Now that took alot of time and love. Amazing creation!

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hunter71

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#9 posted 826 days ago

These have always fascinated me. Guess it’s the kid in me. Great work.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Ben Simms

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#10 posted 826 days ago

cool

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 826 days ago

Wow, I love these things and you did a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Bluepine38

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#12 posted 826 days ago

Wonderful way to pass the time, whether planning it, building it, or just watching it operate. I keep
thinking about building one of these, if I ever get time. That is the best thing about retirement, trying
to find time to do things. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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JayT

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#13 posted 826 days ago

I love a good marble machine.

The musical elements of this one really work well together. Great job.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Gpops

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#14 posted 826 days ago

Jelle, it’s awesome! Love the MAD Complicated thought and musical design. It is just completely fun to watch. Keep them coming. I am sending the link to my friends in the Netherlands. Don

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BTKS

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#15 posted 826 days ago

I just checked out the video. This is amazing. So well tuned, balanced and confusing. You are a true craftsman! My compliments.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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