Kids' Marble Run

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Project by lobro4 posted 08-05-2013 07:53 PM 2012 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As part of my three younger kids summer home schooling, I decided to put them to the work on this project. They are ages 11, 9 and 7 at the time. First off, I was surprised how hard it was to find the plans—they are scarce. We looked over the plans and off to The Borg to get a few pieces of poplar. There was simple addition and subtraction to make the cut list. Fractions were needed to figure out the depth of grooves and where to set stop blocks. There were even some 45 degree angles that required a little extra thought for assembly. Each of them got to learn the right way to use a table saw, drill press, router, hand drill and pin nailer. Overall dimensions are 32”x32”x8”. Sanded to 120 and no stain. A marble may jump the track here and there but it was a great way to have some personal time with the little ones.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 02:40 AM

Great family time and a neat starter project! Keepin those kids off the streets!

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

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 02:39 PM

An excellent project!

Marble runs (although, I use solid metal balls) are among my favorite projects.

“A great way to have some personal time with the little ones.” Indeed!

All the best,

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 02:45 PM

Nice project. Way to go; It was a great project for the kids.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 02:49 PM

Math, geometry, work ethic and manual skills….maybe some directions reading, too. Great project.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 11:43 AM

Great build should supply hours of fun….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 02:02 PM

Great and fun project for kids, very cool on starting them early into woodworking at the same time spending quality time with them. Way to go!

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#7 posted 08-11-2013 05:10 PM

Hello Lobro4

A very funny game

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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