Marble machine

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Project by Phil774 posted 01-10-2015 01:41 AM 2287 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased the plans for this Marble Machine from Matthias Wandell’s woodgears website. It was a Christmas gift for my grandkids. It was a lot of fun to build and my 6 year old grandson said “That the coolest thing I’ve ever seen”. In today’s era of incredible electronic toys that is an impressive statement. It made my Christmas.


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#1 posted 01-10-2015 04:40 AM

That is fantastic. I have looked at numerous types of marble machines and I have to admit…most are intimidating. I’m currently working on one for my 5 year old grandson.
I hope I can get a similar response to your grandson’s.
Excellent work!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 07:55 AM

very nice!!!

You made yourself immortal. “Hey buddy let’s make this, my Grandfather made me one, lets make one for you!”

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 01:00 PM

Very cool. I have always admired these builds.
Could you post a video of it working?

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 01:14 PM

I’m always fascinated with those kind of maschines.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-11-2015 01:04 AM

Nice work. I love marble machines ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-11-2015 01:19 AM

How much shop time do you think you have in it? Great build and I have always wanted to try one but not sure I have the available shop time with my commissions list being full….good problem to have I guess

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#7 posted 01-11-2015 03:27 AM

That comment would have made my day too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 01-11-2015 07:47 AM

You did a wonderful job on this piece, I am sure the next one will be just as well done. I love this machines

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 01-11-2015 01:48 PM

Cool, need video!

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#10 posted 01-11-2015 03:21 PM

Thanks for the compliments everyone. I didn’t keep track of hom much time I spent. I worked on it when I had some free time over a period of months. I focused on getting the gears and ramps working properly before moving on to the remaining parts.
This page has excellent details on the machine and a video at the bottom of the page.


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#11 posted 01-12-2015 05:53 AM

Looks great! I bought those plans, too… it’s on my ever increasing “to do” list. Glad you got to share that with your grandkids!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#12 posted 01-12-2015 06:15 AM

Matthias has some sweet stuff.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 01-12-2015 01:46 PM

Triviasteve, do what I did, just get started, once I got to the point where I had the gears and ramps an I was able run marbles though the machine I was really motivated to finish.

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#14 posted 01-12-2015 07:46 PM

If this works as well as the videos I just watched of similar machines, it truly is awesome!!!!!!!!
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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