|Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs||posted 12-22-2012 01:53 PM||2374 views||8 times favorited||9 comments|
This is my boys’ Christmas present for 2012. Woodgears’ Modular Marble Machine. Started it Thanksgiving weekend (US), so it took about a month, I would say at least 70-80 hours in the shop. Wrapped up the last 3 blocks this morning.
Being an engineer myself I was impressed by the simplicity and creativity of the marble machine that actually moves the marbles. Being a Canadian engineer’s design the plans are all in metric so I converted all the numbers as I went. Really doesn’t matter so long as everything is kept in the same scale.
I have about 100 marbles and just realized this morning this is woe-fully inadequate for building up a huge machine. So after Christmas will have to brave the stores again for more marbles, or just order some. The machine is very sensitive to marble size.
All the blocks fit inside the machine for portability and the top is help on by rare earth magnets with guide pins to keep them in place.
Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays!
Yes, that last pic is of the current weather, what you don’t see is the 20+MPH winds blowing that snow around…
-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com