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Project by DaleMaley posted 11-17-2020 06:03 PM 631 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Dec/Jan 2021 issue of woodcraft magazine has plans for building this game. They say it originated in the 1940s. My wife had one when she was a kid.

I made it out of maple. I got the aluminum bars and 7/8” ball bearings from mcMaster-Carr.

For more details on how I built this game, plus a video of my game in action, plus a link to a YouTube video where a guy explains how to beat the game, see my woodworking web site using this link.

Thanks

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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Eric

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#1 posted 11-17-2020 11:01 PM

You like bringing back the old games of skill. Great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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George Seifert

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#2 posted 11-18-2020 02:09 AM

Very cool. I still have the one I had as a kid (over 50 years ago). Unfortunately it doesn’t work very well anymore. I used to be really good at it. I could get the ball going so fast it would jump over the back (it was a metal piece on mine).

George

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#3 posted 11-18-2020 05:16 AM

Our home has one and also a couple masters of the game (not me). Its a tough sport in that it seems you have to get the ball to travel up hill.

Your reproduction looks like the classic – nice !

-- derek / oregon

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#4 posted 11-23-2020 08:35 PM

I like yours too and it does look familiar.
Not to brag, bit my ball is bigger than yours.

With being locked up the grandkids and my neighbor needed something to pass the time.
My neighbors didn’t want to give it back.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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DaleMaley

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#5 posted 11-23-2020 08:46 PM



I like yours too and it does look familiar.
Not to brag, bit my ball is bigger than yours.

With being locked up the grandkids and my neighbor needed something to pass the time.
My neighbors didn t want to give it back.

- oldnovice

Yep, your ball is bigger :)

I liked how you were able to use surplus stuff. My Dad grew up in the Depression, and therefore he kept every scrap of items at the farm…........so there plenty of choices for using recycled materials. Now that he is gone and I am a City Slicker….........I don’t have near the inventory of stuff he used to have to build projects !

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 11-24-2020 03:52 AM

I like yours too and it does look familiar.
Not to brag, bit my ball is bigger than yours.

With being locked up the grandkids and my neighbor needed something to pass the time.
My neighbors didn t want to give it back.

- oldnovice

Yep, your ball is bigger :)

I liked how you were able to use surplus stuff. My Dad grew up in the Depression, and therefore he kept every scrap of items at the farm…........so there plenty of choices for using recycled materials. Now that he is gone and I am a City Slicker….........I don t have near the inventory of stuff he used to have to build projects !

- DaleMaley

According to my wife, I am a pack rat and rarely throw anything away. When I was working the (no company named) lab had their policy was that if something hasn’t been touched in a year it was trash (most given to schools or rehabilitation centers) but I always got my share of stuff no one wanted!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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