How to Build – Manual Marble Machine Kit no.0

Marcin Saj

Marble Machine Kit

Kit components

  • Wooden parts
  • 7 x steel balls – 10mm diameter
  • 1 x M3 screw – 18mm length
  • 1 x M3 screw – 10mm length
  • 1 x nut
  • Sandpaper

What you need to prepare

  • Knife or scalpel
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood glue

All you need is accuracy and patience. Let’s start.

1. Prepare kit components

2. Cutting

Carefully cut the small retaining tabs holding the parts in the panels and use sandpaper to smooth out edges.

3. Ball track

Carefully cut out the ball track and all couplers.

The order of assembly is important!

Place the cut out “trash” parts between the ball track and use it as the strut. Then glue all the couplers in the proper slots. Engraved dotes and squares on the strut and holes in the couplers, defines, which coupler where should be glued.

Note the engraved markings!

Wait until the glue dries.

4. Base

The base consists of three pieces: top and two bottom.

5.  Ball track pillars

Glue pillars in the proper slots.

6. Ball separator

Note that the engraved dots defines, the order of gluing the parts.

Note the engraved markings.

Lock the separator as tightly as possible but remember that the separator must move freely.

Accuracy is very important.

Check the move then glue it.
Marble Machine Kit

7. Auxiliary fences

Glue the fences in the right direction, shown on the images.

8. Wheel Gear

Place the gear frame into the slots on the base panel. Make sure that the frame forms a right angle (90 degrees) with the base.

Wait until the glue dries.

Insert the axle (in the shape of digit “4”) into the holes in the wheel gear. Prepare 18 mm screw and nut. Tighten the screw as shown on the pictures. The screw will serve as the crank of the wheel gear.

Place the wheel gear into the gear frame as shown on the pictures. Use (middle size) gear and lock the wheel gear as tightly as possible but remember that the wheel gear must move freely. The smallest gear place on the axle coupler.

Accuracy is very important.

Check the move then glue it.
Marble Machine Kit

Mount the crank on the wheel axle.

9. Ball feeder

Note that the engraved dots defines, the order of gluing the parts.

Note the engraved markings. Wait until the glue dries.

10. Frame lifter

Note that each pillar has proper slot on the base. There is only one direction to install the frame lifter. First choose one pillar, glue the strut and install the ball feeder. Then mount second pillar and glue the frame lifter into the base slots.

Wait until the glue dries.

11. Gear coupler

Place the coupler on the gear axle and lock it. Then screw the coupler with the ball feeder (use 10mm screw).

12. Ball track installation

Mount the ball track on the pillars. Carefully bend the ball track and mount end of the ball track into the slots in the ball separator frame. Last thing is gluing edges at the beginning of the ball track

Accuracy is very important.

13. Manual Marble Machine no.0

Congratulations. Marble Machine is ready to go.

2 Comments

  1. fdastoorReply
    April 27, 2016 at 16:50

    1] I think you should number individual photos in the order of assembly. It will make the assembly process a lot clearer.

    2] Wherever you say ‘accuracy is very important’, you need to point out the exact detail.

    Dr dastoor

  2. Potter ChnReply
    May 13, 2016 at 14:28

    I am confused. Kit No.1 consists of all No.1 parts, eg, manual mainboard No.1, electric mainboard No.1, shield No.1…… Is that true?
    Exact assembly procedure instruction is really needed.
    Thanks!

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