Solitaire marble game

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Every coffee table should have one of these. Here is the link showing how I made it.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 04:00 AM


That was quite a process!

Now, you can make more exactly the same as the Original… Yes?

Very nice job!

Is that played like Chinese Checkers (with marbles)??

How does one actually Play that game?
How many people? (I guess 1 being it’s called Solitaire)... but…
How is it won?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 05:25 AM

I’ve seen that game before, or one like it. The rule I remember was that each move consisted of jumping a marble over another marble and removing the jumped one from play, and you had to end with a single marble in the center of the board. As the name implies, it’s a solitaire game.

Nice work! And the guide to making one is very thorough as well.

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 05:43 AM

Yep, that’s how it’s done. If anyone gets totally frustrated attempting to complete the game, send me your email address in a PM and I’ll send you a drawing with the moves numbered.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 06:10 AM

Nice one Harry.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 01:04 PM

Great game, harry and nice build pictures. I love your weights! Tranformers still have a second live now!!
........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-27-2012 01:27 PM

That is really clever Harry. I guess I am old enough to remember having one of thes games as a kid.
i wouldn’t send out a drawing with the moves if i were you. A good Lumberjock should be able to figure it out without help….It is good bor the brain.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#7 posted 06-27-2012 02:46 PM

I’ve played this and was happy leaving one marble on the board, but didn’t know the last marble has to be in the center. Now that’s a real challenge.

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#8 posted 06-27-2012 04:38 PM

It looks like a really fun project to make. You did a fine job and thanks for posting.


-- 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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#9 posted 06-28-2012 01:08 PM

As always, I appreciate your comments guys. Yes the beauty of making templates is that the identical project can be duplicated as many times as you wish, great for those making items for sale. Personally, what I don’t keep, I give away as presents.
Those transformers, what would I do without them! I kept them after scrapping a couple of monochrome Admiral TV’s probably in the very early 70’s. Admiral were assembled in Australia using American made kits.
I find it difficult to call a fellow member “helluvawreck” especially when it’s obvious that you have great hand skills, why else would you have such a wonderful collection of hand tools.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#10 posted 06-28-2012 06:58 PM

Hi Harry, nice work. Thank you for the blog as well.

Seems that template is the way to go. I already bought the marbles an a 3/4” round nose bit (Chinese) We´ll see

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 06-29-2012 01:29 AM

How about taking a few shots as you make it. I/we look forward to seeing your post. I won’t wish you good luck because luck doesn’t enter into it.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#12 posted 06-29-2012 03:28 AM

Harry, after looking at all the steps you went through to do that, I couldn’t help from looking at it differently…

What do you think about using a piece of 1/4” MDF to make a Template…
... layout the holes which would be large enough for a Guide Bushing of proper size per bit.
... layout the storage area and affix wood guides where inside the guides would be hogged out…
... Cut the holes using a Guide Bushing and Bowl-Rounded bit… just popping the router into each hole & plunging each marble spot…
... Hog out the storage area…
... Round the corners…
... and be done. ???

Wouldn’t that work?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 06-29-2012 04:21 AM

Blast and dam, I just clicked to post this and lost it all! So I’ll have another attempt.
Joe, I have great difficulty understanding descriptions because I lack imagination. I assume that there are others out there similarly affected, and it’s for this reason that I produce photo-shoots, believing that a picture is worth a thousand words. I can however comment on using hardboard for templates. When I first started routing in the 70’s, I made a template guide and for years thought that I had invented it! My templates which were male, were made from hardboard. Modern template guides generally protrude greater than 1/4” and so the template needs to be thicker than this. For a one off project whatever is lying around the shop could, I suppose be used, but for many uses don’t you think that something more durable is desirable. I really would be interested in seeing how you go about making one of these games using your method Joe. These shots show the original template and guide, also a sample showing how they were used, I made this blanket chest in about 1975.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#14 posted 06-29-2012 04:23 PM


I will try again… now, open your mind and let it Think… OK?

Make a Template that can be placed on top of the Work Piece…
... line it up for proper registration…
... insert guide bushing & a rounded-end bit into plunge router…
... set it for proper depth of cut…
... Plunge-cut all of the Holes into the Work-Piece using the precut template as your guide…
... now, plunge router into the storage area of the template, lock it down,
... and hog out (cut out) the storage area into the Work-piece. Same bit & guide as before.
Sand & Finish…

Sorry, I am not going to produce a Photo-Shoot to describe the simple procedure.
I feel that, as expert as you are, you completely understand.

BTW, I would make the Template by laying out the holes and the storage area, using a Brad-point drill bit, drill all of the holes… then, I would affix wood around the storage area and router-cut the big hole of the storage area.
Now, I have a Template with the pattern cut into it for the holes & storage area… I would place this on top f the workpiece (Just like you did with yours) and cut the workpiece. Main difference being that I didn’t spend so much time making the Template as you did. LOL


Would my procedure work or not? ... if not, why?
Would I get the exact same result as you got? ... if not, why?
Would I have spent a lot LESS TIME in making my Template?

Thank you

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 06-30-2012 02:39 AM

The procedure that you have just described Joe sounds exactly the same as mine, the only difference being the template. Leave off the Laminex and I reckon that, having all the correct measurements, cutting and gluing four pieces of material which results in an accurate cut-out really is a fast, precision way to make a template intended for multi use.
In conclusion Joe, repeating what I’ve said so many times to so many people, use what tools and methods that you are comfortable with, I don’t believe that there is a right way and a wrong way, so long as the desired result is achieved. I see no reason why your method wouldn’t work

-- Harry, Western Australia

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