|Project by Twigloo||posted 08-04-2013 03:58 PM||1437 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
This is a Marble machine I built last year. The marbles are in fact steel balls from old mice, you can slice the rubber coating off and get 3/4” balls. Its a mix of pine, walnut, poplar, oak, cherry, and maple.
The balls split into two paths vi a flip-flop at the beginning, then those two paths each split into four paths. On the left the brass loop, then the steps followed by the zig-zag and lastly the reset arm and bowl. On the right they go down the staircase followed by the pinko board, the path that goes to the face requires 6 balls to tip the mouth open, then there is the path down the cups. It’s all ran from a crank on the front that runs a total of 5 gears at the back, 2 of which lift the balls to the top.
It was built in my “workshop” Ie living room (see last photo) with nothing more than hand tools and a cheap band saw. The face is hand carved walnut “Mr Jeeby” the bowl is hand carved as I did not have a lathe at that point, but the cups are turned after I picked up an old delta lathe that was in a flooded basement. My video and photo skills don’t do it justice. It is finished in danish oil.
Thanks For looking, I hope to post more of my projects soon.
I can’t seem to get the embedded video to work so here is a link to it.