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    Marble Racetrack -- Noisy kids toy!

    I built this several years ago, but just revisited it recently to put together a more detailed web page with many more photos.

    I also put together a video (at bottom) as you really need to see and hear this to appreciate the noise.


    Overview: Drop the marbles in at the top, they race down one of two tracks, banging and clattering all the way...



    And at the bottom they leave the track, ring the bell, and drop into this sort of catch basin area


    I bought this brass counter bell (desk bell) kit from Lee Valley. They don’t sell it any more, but you can find a counter bell at any office supply store, or check amazon


    This is a two-dimensional marble toy. (Rear view) all the track pieces are simply glued or tacked to this vertical plywood back.

    (If you want a complicated 3-D type of marble toy, I recommend checking out one of Matthias Wandel’s, like this one: http://woodgears.ca/mm2/index.html )


    Top Down, watching them roll


    Ringing the Bell…


    I used 9/16" diameter chrome steel balls. And then made this wooden track sections from 3/4" wide by 1/4" thick stock, glued up into this U-shaped channel.


    The base needs to be thick + heavy, so it doesn’t tip. I embedded the back into a dado.


    Video link -- check your volume!!!
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    I would not be able to stand that noise in my house! But once Jon Boy grows out of putting things in his mouth, I'll have CJ help me one for each of the kids and send them home with them!! That is fantastic, great photos and yes, the video was needed to get the full effect!
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    That would be great for some of the grandkids! Really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    I would not be able to stand that noise in my house! But once Jon Boy grows out of putting things in his mouth, I'll have CJ help me one for each of the kids and send them home with them!! That is fantastic, great photos and yes, the video was needed to get the full effect!
    As every grandpa should Jonathan!!

    Art that is too cool! My grandpa made lots of noisy things for us grandkids and they usually ended up high enough so we couldn't reach them.
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    Nice project and great video, Art!

    And I'll add my ditto to making a couple of these for (in my case) great grandkids and ship them to them.
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    I've had a few similar comments about making one for the grandkids... I think I should have named this "Grandparent's Revenge" or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    I've had a few similar comments about making one for the grandkids... I think I should have named this "Grandparent's Revenge" or something like that.

    Better than a set of drums..........or not.....
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    i gave my twin nephews (when they were 2 or 3) one of these each. my sister said the one ran all over the house with his, the other just stood there, running it back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    i gave my twin nephews (when they were 2 or 3) one of these each. my sister said the one ran all over the house with his, the other just stood there, running it back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.....
    I've threatened any of my family members that thought of giving that tool of the devil to my now 2 year old that it would be graciously accepted but would likely be behind the car in the morning on 'accident.'

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