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    Another Marble Race Toy...

    This is in the Winter 2008 Canadian Home Workshop magazine. I'm pretty pleased with the design I came up with. In particular, I like the ability to race, since there are two tracks.

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    can be just a tad noisy...

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    That's neat! I loved those things when I was a kid!

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    Very cool, Art!! I may have to tackle one of those in the near future.

    Question...are the grooves in the bottom of the longer runs merely decorative, or do they serve some functional purpose?

    Thanks!!!

    - Keith
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    Very cool Art! They are fun toys. Nicely done.

    Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Starosta View Post
    Question...are the grooves in the bottom of the longer runs merely decorative, or do they serve some functional purpose?
    They make noise. rattle-rattle-rattle as the marble rolls down.
    It affects the angle at which you set those pieces... too shallow and the marble will just stop. too steep, and the marble will just zoom past the cuts without making noise.

    So, not just decorative, but not specifically functional.
    Just adds to the overall impact.
    Last edited by Art Mulder; 11-25-2007 at 05:19 PM.

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    Hi Art ,
    That is really nice. Wish we cold hear the sound track to it. What is the time difference average one might expect over a series of ten races? Is it + or- 1 second, closer, or a wider spread?
    Does one side prove to be the "Dealers Choice"? If we race can I wax my side?
    Nice job and good post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Schaubhut View Post
    Hi Art ,
    That is really nice. Wish we cold hear the sound track to it. What is the time difference average one might expect over a series of ten races? Is it + or- 1 second, closer, or a wider spread?
    Does one side prove to be the "Dealers Choice"? If we race can I wax my side?
    Waxing optional.

    It took the kids about ... hmmm ... 15 minutes to figure out that the Walnut track ran faster than the Ash. Not by a ton, but a little. I think it must have a few angles that are fractionally sharper.

    You want to hear it? Just for you, Shaz...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03-EFrQktiU

    Hmm, definitely not a sound stage, nor a professional camera. The bell is louder in real life, and the rattle of wood is quieter. I think it's bouncing off the corner at us.

    ...art

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    Art
    Thats pretty awesome. And should make for a great gift from a grandparent for a kid to take home!..

    Garry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    Waxing optional.

    It took the kids about ... hmmm ... 15 minutes to figure out that the Walnut track ran faster than the Ash. Not by a ton, but a little. I think it must have a few angles that are fractionally sharper.

    You want to hear it? Just for you, Shaz...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03-EFrQktiU

    Hmm, definitely not a sound stage, nor a professional camera. The bell is louder in real life, and the rattle of wood is quieter. I think it's bouncing off the corner at us.

    ...art
    Hi Art ,
    Thanks, I just went here and really appreciated the visual and sound. I can imagine the bell being louder. The sound of the balls rattling and the thump as the change directions was a good thing.
    Guess the kids will have to determine the exact place to start on the Ash to make it a fair run, any way, thanks again, good project.
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    Art that looks like it would be a big hit with my daughter. My apologies but I might have to steal your design.

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