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Project by William posted 590 days ago 3299 views 21 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/





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rockrunner

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#1 posted 590 days ago

You are an artist sir

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eddie

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#2 posted 590 days ago

William one think for sure you got patience. you got skills too got to build one of these one day,you could of bartered with the land lord :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 590 days ago

Awesome as always.
You may want to check the video, as the image freezes at about 25-30 sec but the time slider keeps moving.

I could see ME taking weeks to build and then tweak it, until it worked properly. Excellent job.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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William

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#4 posted 590 days ago

I apologize for the video.
It was working earlier.
I’m getting fed up. That’s the third video in a row from YouTube that I uploaded and it doesn’t work right.
I will attempt to fix it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#5 posted 590 days ago

I love the machine William and I know you do to. Whats next?
Fine job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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boxcarmarty

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#6 posted 590 days ago

Somebody kick the video machine and get it working again or this will forever be known as the day William lost his marbles…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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boxcarmarty

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#7 posted 590 days ago

Or we can all head down to Mississippi and take our turns in playing with it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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William

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#8 posted 590 days ago

I’m re-uploading it now.
I apologize for the video error.
I don’t think Youtube likes me.
It plays fine on my computer, but is screwy after I upload it.

Thank ya’ll for the kind words though.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#9 posted 590 days ago

New video is up.
I apologize for the previous problems.
I hope it works and everyone enjoys it now.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 590 days ago

GREAT video!!!
It’s ALIVE!!!
It really helps to see the machine in motion and hear all the sounds!!! I can see, hear and understand why you enjoy these machines soooo much!!!

Thanks for taking the time to re-upload! NO appologies necessary, it’s obviously a ‘puter thing and Marty gets blamed all ‘puter prolems!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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William

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#11 posted 590 days ago

Thanks for watching again Randy.
I am glad it’s working now.
I had to go back and update it on three other websites I posted it on though.
I am beginning to remember why I hate taking videos.
Yet, others are trying to encourage me to do more.
There’s good news though.
Dave told me about a good camera for easier taking and uploading videos.
So you may be seeing more of them in the future.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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JL7

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#12 posted 590 days ago

Very cool as was expected…...great build William – the video is working as well!

I think everyone needs a marble machine….and you got 2!!

Can’t wait to see the next one…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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William

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#13 posted 590 days ago

I have plans on the way for a third one Jeff, and I’ve started jotting down ideas for one of my own design.
Thank you for the compliments.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#14 posted 590 days ago

You can write?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#15 posted 590 days ago

Nope.
But I can jot down diagrams and doodles of what my ideas are.
Then one day, even if I can’t read and write or add 2 + 2, I can take wood and make it a reality.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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