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  1. Projects Marble Model using 3 large wood gears to raise the marbles

    I have built hand-cranked marble models that use two 4-bar linkages to raise the marbles, and another one that uses a Marble Pump. I decided to build a new model that uses 3 large gears with holes drilled in them to raise the marbles up about 16" before they begin their descent. One surprise...
  2. Projects Hand-Cranked Marble Pump with Divider, Dumper, 3 bowls, and a ramp

    Haven't posted since last winter, so took me a while to figure out this web page :) For more details, see my woodworking site using this link. I made a YouTube video of the model in action. You can use this link to see the video.
  3. all in one game box

    I made two of these one for my parents and one for my grand parents. When I was growing up we use to play a lot of games . So when I was tring to think of a christmas gift I thought it would be nice to make a box that had all the games together. So I made a chess board for the top. Then bought...
  4. Marble Chest 2

    This wooden marble run is inspired from the Marble Chest from Forest Street Designs. This marble run is intended as a toy for a family near Bogota (Colombia). It is slightly smaller and simplier than the FSD chest. I didn't have very much time because of the preparations of a much bigger project...
  5. Shoot the Moon Game

    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...
  6. Neat Marble Lifter using 8 Wooden Links

    I originally made this model using brass links because I thought wood links would not be accurate enough for the 3 times the marble is exchanged. You can see this model on this website using this link. Unfortunately, the solder joints on the brass are very weak, and links break at the solder...
  7. Cute Turtle Marble game for Grand-kids

    Thumbing through the Meisel paper catalog that was mailed to me, I saw a neat game I could build for the grandchildren to play with. You tilt the game to guide the marbles or gumballs through the maze, after dropping it through a hole in the turtle's head. Here is a link to the project pattern...
  8. Hand-Cranked Worm Gear Driven Large Marble Dispenser

    I made a direct drive version of this and it was ok except you can dispense all 6 marbles in less than 6 seconds…..which is very fast. If I use a worm gear drive, I can slow it down so it takes longer to dispense all 6 marbles. About 4 seconds per marble would be about right, which is 15 RPM...
  9. square marble maze for older children

    My grand-kids really liked the Turtle marble maze game I made for them. I previously posted it here. I searched the Meisel catalog, but they had no more marble mazes. I then searched the Internet and modified some existing designs for my new project. Meisel does sell the plastic sheet you...
  10. 2-person marble game

    My grandkids really like marble games, so I found a pattern of a neat one at Meisel's web site. Two kids each get 10 marbles, then you see who can get all 10 in their box first…........if you release too many at once, they get jammed up and slow down, to timing is important. I used by table...
  11. Small and Large Marble Machines

    I bought the 33 page instruction manual on how to build the large marble machine a couple years ago, but with its over 400 pieces and that many pages of instructions, it scared me off from building it. Recently, my grandson and son asked me to build the build the big model…......so I tackled...
  12. Magnetic marble game for grandkids

    My grandkids really like the marble game maze games I have made for them :) My wife saw a photo of a magnetic marble game, where you use a magnetic pen to move the marbles to their designated spot, using the right color and number of marbles. From the poor photo she had, I came up with a...
  13. Hand-Cranked Marble Lifting Machine with 8 Links Powered by a Worm Gear

    I am always looking for ideas for more hand-cranked models. I saw David Rector's model on Youtube where he used 8 linkage bars to lift a marble 2 times. He powered his model with a 5 RPM electric motor. Since kids can crank up to 100 RPM, to make this a hand-cranked model, I needed a 20:1...
  14. Wahoo game boards out of walnut!

    This is a very easy weekend project that I always revisit because wahoo is a long standing tradition in my family and everyone always wants one. I made a YouTube video on this project if anyone is interested. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSyk1Df3CdsHEBKX1KlCnjw
  15. Double-Fall Marble Game

    I have built several hand-cranked marble games of the same design before. I posted them on this web site here. Recently, someone contacted me and wanted to know where they could get a pattern for a different design of marble game. This game has the marbles dropping in two different falls. He...
  16. More hand-cranked marble games

    An occupation therapist that works with older children found my marble game on my web site. She thought that one of these games would be good for the children she works with. Since it is for a good cause, I'm only charging her a nominal amount to build one. I decided to beef up my design by...
  17. Multiple-fall marble game with bell

    My wife and I saw an interesting marble game. I decided to build one, but my wife insisted I needed to add a bell to the game. I designed the game in Google Sketchup. I used the same Wal-mart $6.00 bell that I used on my previous carousel project. It took me a little while to figure out the...
  18. Aggravation Marble Game

    This marble game is called "Aggravation." These are typically made only for 4 players. My Mother requested that I make her an 8 player version since her and a group of friends play often. The pieces are made out of Tiger Maple and Cherry. The 8 "legs" are attached to the octagon with loose...
  19. Focus on the Workspace
    Hi, This is my first post. I'm looking for some advice from you knowledgable folks. Any help is much appreciated! I'm looking at having a Carrier 58CTA070 (http://www.carrier.com/residential/en/us/products/gas-furnaces/58cta/) unit installed in my garage attic (the manual actually has...
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