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Project by Twigloo posted 340 days ago 1246 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

http://youtu.be/07tOjHrHU2Q
I can’t seem to get the embedded video to work so here is a link to it.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 340 days ago

Wow just plan WOW ,this is wonderful and unique a masterful build, great job.

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Pimzedd

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#2 posted 340 days ago

Excellent. You have a couple of features that I have never seen in a marble machine. I specially like the portion on the left. Well done.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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jlb

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#3 posted 340 days ago

Wonderful piece! If I were to attempt a project such as this, I would probably ” lose my marbles” half way through it. My hats off to you.

-- Jim, Ca, jimlbenson@comcast.net

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maplerock

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#4 posted 340 days ago

That is impressive! I have wanted to build something like this for a long time, but I never start because there are so many different parts and I’m not sure I have the skill to do it. This is GREAT! I enjoyed the video and am really impressed you built it with so few tools. Well done!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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Twigloo

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#5 posted 340 days ago

Thanks for the comments.

maplerock, I just tackled it one section at a time, build a simple frame and then built up from there, worked out how i wanted to raise the balls then work with gravity. everything is sectional i can take each run off. it made it easier to tackle that way. If I got stuck I worked on another path for a bit. I did not plan any of this out on paper just worked it out as I went.

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aussiedave

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#6 posted 340 days ago

Wow excellent job….amazing work on all the gears, moving parts and slides…simply awesome, well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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birchbranch

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#7 posted 339 days ago

Absolutely incredible! I cannot imagine how you did this without detailed plans. Thanks for posting this mind-boggling creation!

-- John B.

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Fishinbo

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#8 posted 337 days ago

Awesome work on that amazing marble machine. Great design, has a lot of cool features. Excellent work!

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Doe

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#9 posted 337 days ago

Wow! I like the mouse marbles idea, and I’m totally impressed with your not planning on paper first. Amazing work.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 326 days ago

Whenever I see one of these marble machines it makes me think of analog computers. Much of the toggles and lifting devices correspond (in my head anyway) to various programming concepts. This machine is a very well made and intriguing device, well done.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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