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2-Person Marble Game

My grand-kids really like marble games, so I found one to build at Meisel's web site. 


Even though the price includes a full-size paper plan, by habit, I put the design into Sketchup anyway.  Often there are errors in plans, and I often make paper print-outs as patterns. I found no errors in the plan.

Blanks for main assembly

I used common 3/4" thick pine to make the blanks for the main assembly.  I made a few extra blanks for the marble tracks, so I could sort and throw away any that had bad knots in them.

Making the marble grooves

One could cut these on a router table, but the groove is 3/8" deep, so it would probably take 3 depth passes, then flip the board around and do 3 more passes to achieve a 1 inch wide groove using say a 3/4" diameter straight router bit.

I chose to use my table saw dado set.  I can cut the groove to full depth, then flip the board around and do a 2nd pass to achieve the groove width.  This method worked great.

Ends for marble tracks

The plan calls for making an insert to put inside the track, at one end.  My dado set is a cheaper one, and does not make a smooth inserts would not fit very well.  Instead, I made a wood cap that fits onto the end of the track, and then glue and pin nail it to the track.  This was much faster and works better than trying to fit a piece inside the track.

Assembly of marble tracks to the verticals

The plan has a pattern for 2 different templates, that allow you to quickly and easily assembly the angled tracks to the vertical uprights.  This worked very well.

Main Assembly

Bells and decals

My wife had me put bells on similar marble when the marble drops in the hits a bell (a Wal-mart bicycle bell).  She told me no bells on this one.

I liked the 2 decals that came with the kit.  I was not going to do any painting..........but decal instructions said DO NOT apply decals to bare I painted the top and handle yellow before putting on the decals.

Finished 2-Person Marble game

Video of game in action

Closing Thoughts on This Project

This was a fun project to build.  The 2 templates are really a great idea, and allow you to build the main assembly prety quickly. The grandkids should have fun with this one :)