Wood Maze

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I was inspired to make this maze after attending the Portland Woodworking show this weekend. Legacy was there selling their CNC machines (I own one) and used a project like this to draw in the crowd. It will make a nice stocking stuffer for my nephew…once I find a marble or ball bearing that fits ;)

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#1 posted 11-18-2013 05:40 AM

Very nice work. Did you also CNC the plexi cover? I think it would be neat if you could make a 3D one with multiple levels… solving one maze would drop the ball through a hole into the next, and so on.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 11-18-2013 06:01 AM

Allen, thanks. I did not use the CNC for the plexi cover, they did do that at the show though. I did mine with a laser engraver, mainly because I didn’t want to take the time to build a fixture for the CNC. Legacy has a double sided maze exactly like what you described…I was going for something quick and simple for my first attempt…but stay tuned :)


-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 07:13 AM

Nice toy. I too made it to the Portland Woodworking show (nice goodies thier).
Did you make it to the gun show next door?? I went home with a lighter wallet from both places.
Again great toy….....................

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 11-18-2013 02:39 PM

Try putting a few marbles in. That way you have to solve the puzzle while making sure all three marbles follow!

-- Joel

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#6 posted 11-18-2013 06:04 PM

Very interesting shape and curves

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 11-19-2013 01:52 AM

Oooh. Nice work. What kind of wood? Plywood?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#8 posted 11-19-2013 02:01 AM

Spunwood, Nope, it is maple.

Mike, I didn’t make it to the gun show…figured I wouldn’t be able to buy anything being from out of state anyway…a good thing! :)


-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#9 posted 11-19-2013 03:40 PM

Very nice!

I wonder if you could build a template that would allow for manual routing?

Thanks for sharing.


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#10 posted 11-19-2013 03:43 PM

It looks like a nice fun project although perhaps a little time consuming without a CNC.

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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#11 posted 11-19-2013 09:59 PM

Chris, I am not sure how you would build a template for this, I think you would possibly need two, one for the even circles and one for the odd circles to make it work correctly.


-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#12 posted 11-21-2013 05:54 PM

That’s cool and fun. It will surely be a hit on kids. Great job!

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