Marble Run

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Project by hotncold posted 12-13-2017 09:32 PM 2242 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been some time since I posted anything. I haven’t been able to spend much time in the shop for the last year or so but I hope that’s changing now!
I recently completed a marble run for my grandkids and after I finished I wondered if I shouldn’t have built two of them…one for ME!
The entire project was built from off cuts and scraps that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away and it has some of everything in it from purpleheart to plywood. After it was finished, I kept it for a few weeks longer than I should because I just loved playing with it! My wife said, “watching it just makes you smile!”
The few pictures that I took don’t really show much detail but I did record a couple of videos of it in action.

Here’s a link

Thanks for looking!

Also here’s a link of the kids when I gave it to them.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#1 posted 12-13-2017 09:43 PM

No doubt the absence relates to a matter that is now resolved.
I am assuming its not from losing your marbles!!

A what an amazing return project, ...yes you should always make two or in this case even more.

I just checked out the video,I am lost for words thats for sure.

It would make a great alarm clock thats for sure,
I can understand the smile!!

Good stuff!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 12-13-2017 09:53 PM

This is really impressive, the video was fun to watch too. Good use of scrap.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 12-13-2017 10:05 PM

Absolutely awesome. Great job

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#4 posted 12-13-2017 10:19 PM

Its already been done pal!

-- β€œIn a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#5 posted 12-13-2017 11:31 PM

Alarm clock !! Alarm clock!! I said Alarm clock

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 12-14-2017 12:15 AM

Dennie – fantastic job! What a great project, can see why we haven’t heard from you for awhile. The elaborateness is incredible! Glad you made the video the way you did because I missed so much in the first run through. Those kids are going to go crazy! You should be very proud!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#7 posted 12-14-2017 12:41 AM

Wow! I just posted a simply version yesterday. Yours blows mine away. The video was amazing. Great job!

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#8 posted 12-14-2017 02:34 AM

Just got back to my computer and I am humbled by the nice comments!
I have watched many YouTube videos of various marble machines/runs and most seem to involve some electric method of returning the marbles to the top.

I didn’t want the kids to “turn it on” and watch…I wanted them to be involved so I elected to make the counterweighted (is that a word) release hold 29 marbles and they would have to “reload”. I didn’t realize that they would be so anxious to reload that they would not watch the marbles as they went down the 4 tracks. Oh well, that’s what they do!

Again, thanks for the very nice comments and I look forward to “rejoining” this wonderful group of woodworkers.
and robscastle...I hear you…Alarm Clock!

And Jerry, I was very proud of the reaction of the kids…it made me smile!
Thanks everyone!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#9 posted 12-14-2017 02:37 AM

This is awesome! What a great gift – clearly the kids love it!

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#10 posted 12-14-2017 03:16 AM

Very impressive. It looks great and you made it look easy… and I am sure it wasn’t.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 12-14-2017 07:48 AM

That is a great use of cut offs, talk about some happy kids.

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#12 posted 12-14-2017 01:13 PM

Wow! An Awesome build!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 12-14-2017 01:45 PM

I love these marble runs. This one is very nice and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 12-14-2017 04:17 PM

So impressive Dennie, fun, amazing and entertaining.A fantastic build something that will be treasured by your grandchildren forever.I can’t imagine even starting a project like this, you have to be a full-blown genius to pull this off.
I loved watching your grandkids enjoy this wonderful creation.

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#15 posted 12-14-2017 04:47 PM

Thanks Jim! It is amazing what you can do with a few scraps and 300 man hours. :)
Every time I would complete a section I would have to stop and play with it! By the time it was finished, I think I could tell the wood species by the sound of the marbles hitting it.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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