I finished my second marble machine, the Marble Machine 2.1.
It was designed my Matthius Wandel. Here is his site. If you’ve never seen any of his work, go check out his site. He has some amazing plans available. I have built his band saw, and now this. The plans for both are straightforward enough that anyone with a little wood working experience can do it. All you need is patience. If you run into any problems building one of his creations, he always has links to videos you can go watch to help you figure it out.
I had a lot of fun building this. These machines are the perfect projects for me. I do most of the work sitting at the scroll saw. Then, there is a lot of time spent just sitting and making little tiny adjustments here and there until things work right. When building these type machines, the tinyest adjustment one way or another makes a huge difference in how they perform. Trust me, I have learned this quickly, the hard way.
I used many woods around my shop on this machine. The parts are so small in places, that it is a good use for scraps that I have refused to throw away. This projest has plywood, walnut, sapelle, pine, oak, pecan, sycamore, and cottonwood. It is finished with two coats of Watco Danish Oil.
I know this one is going to get a lot of attention. Even before it was completely finished, everyone who has seen it in my shop couldn’t help but mess with it. My landlord came to collect the rent and almost left without the money because he was busy turning the crank on the marble machine the whole time he was there.
What else is there to say? Here is a video I promised a couple of people I would do once it was complete.