I finally did it! I made the Marble Machine and it WORKS! Not well - especially not with 10 mm glass beads, but it works. It took me 7 cuts to get all the pieces, and 9 hours to get it together, and even then I had to cheat some. I just couldn’t squeeze the wood tight enough, so a few things got waxed and made a teensy bit bigger; but I did it!
I forced mine together and only had one small piece crack on me. Kragle to the rescue.
That looks awesome! I have it on my todo list…it’s a long list!
That looks so good! Congratulations on your patience and resolve. And doesn’t it feel good to be able to say, “Thank goodness, I’m done!”
Congratulations! Good on you for sticking with it
Nice job on that!
Heh. You must be a beader as well. I’ve got that same bead storage system, works great.
Wow, what perseverance. I bet you learned a lot while assembling and it must feel great to be able to say “I finally did it!” Way to go.
Thanks so much for all the good notes! I am pleased with myself. And I found some 12 mm beads and they work great!
It is good bead storage. I don’t get many broken ones anymore - even when the cats get in them.
That was my very first design for the ! I have learned a lot since then.
(I see you have my helicopter in the background too!)
If you thought that was exciting, maybe check this out:
I am still trying to simplify the design though.
I had wanted to explore clocks! Thanks for the info. I was just so totally blown away by working gears that I could cut for myself - not that I have any use for them really, or that I could actually design something that would work but it’s so cool!
I can see why you are still trying to simplify it.
Just a question- the marble machine rarely cranks smoothly- often seems to get hung up and has to be turned backward or (terrifyingly) forced. Any hints on what I have done wrong? I haven’t completely glued /pinned it together because of this, but then of course,I wonder if that is why it is doing it…
Without witnessing it I cannot say. I have never had that problem unless one of the balls get lodged in a way that the wheel won’t turn.
It was designed for ball bearing I bought off Amazon, but I later enlarged the holes in hopes of allowing actual marbles to be used. I never tried it with something as light as a bead.
Idk if I have the patience to put all the pieces together lol. Yours looks great