Step 8: Install the Lifting Devices and Add Track and Elements

Start installing the marble track by first installing the first lifting device and then add track and elements until you have worked your way around the room.

Keep looking ahead to make sure the track you are installing is not lower then the next lifting device.  You don't want to spend a bunch of time designing a lifting device and then have your marble track end up lower than what the lifting device can accept.

One thing that helps in the placement of the track supports is to mark all of the studs in the wall (if you plan on attaching to them) with blue painters tape.  This will help you figure out where you want the track and element supports.

i should make this
<p>i think i'll go with Camping Crazy's Comment: OMG BEST IDEA EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>Gran trabajo</p>
<p>I would like to make this. Can we know your secret for the circuit operating the stairs? How does it start? How does it stop? What does the circuit look like behind the gear? I'm scratching my head. ...and, yes what an amazing project!</p>
OMG This is amazing!!
I have to agree. How long did it take to make.
Me too<br>
Great work Steve! I always wanted to build a kinetic art piece like the one they showed in the movie, &quot;Fracture.&quot; <br> <br>I have a question. If you were to paint the room, would you remove the pieces or work around it?
Thanks. To paint the room I think I would remove the pieces and put them back up. The wall brackets for the track only have one screw. A lot of the other pieces only have two screws holding them to the wall. I think it would be easier than trying to paint around it.
Wait! In the &quot;tools needed&quot; you forgot to add insanity! This is insanely clever.
LOL. This is why I love Instructables. If it were not for this site I would have never experienced this beautiful mix of technical art. Thank you for taking the extra time to document, share and inspire.
Id feel like a crumb if I didnt say how cool this is.Great work!
Thank you very much. My projects after that one never seem to live up to it.
That sure enough is a hard act to follow,but Im sure you have it in you to top it.
I see nothing mentioned on how the dips and curves are achieved. Is the wood &quot;Cut&quot; or &quot;Bent&quot;? Thanks.
See &quot;Step 4 - Design your Track Pieces&quot; for information on designing the flat track pieces. The flat center piece of the track can be cut out in whatever shape you like as long as the curves aren't curved too sharp for the side rails.<br><br>The dipped track pieces are created by gluing two pieces of 1/8-inch baltic birch plywood in the shape of the dip. Once the glue sets the sides are sanded and then the side rails glued in place like the flat pieces of track..
sorry if this comment seems dumb, but I am a novice woodworker. I understand how you did the bottom of the dip, but how did you shape the side rails? Did you cut them that shape, or can you bend those too?
Once the bottom of the dip is dried, glue the side pieces on. The sides are initially over sized. Once the glue is set you trim the edges flush with the bottom piece. Then you draw a line on the sides that is a half inch from the bottom edge. This includes through the dip area. That line should match the top of the rest of your track. Now take that piece and cut/sand the top edge of the sides down to the line you drew. You can use a spindle sander to sand down both sides at the same time. Let me know if you have any other questions or need further explanation.
Sweet. One last thing, how did you do the corner piece that looped around 450 degrees? I can think of several ideas, but I would love to hear how you did it. Wonderful work by the way. I wish I had your knack for building things.
I am sure there are several ways to make this piece. The way I did it was to cut out one piece of track that go from a 4 foot long straight section of track into a 225 degree turn. Then cut another one out that has a 225 degree turn with a 4 foot long straight section of track. When you put the two curved sections together you get the 450 degree turn. Keep the two pieces clamped together and add the side rails to the track.<br><br>I had trouble keeping the separation between the tracks for the marble to go underneath. I ended up adding a small piece of wood to hold the upper and lower sections of track apart.
thanks, cheers =)
very cool!
i love it this is fun might be cute to add a panit job im sure evryone loves it
I get it. The picture in step 9 showed me how the wheel lifter worked. Awesome!
In the wheel lifter, if the marbles are 1&quot; in diameter, but the two sides of the lifting wheels are spaced 3/4&quot; apart, how does the marble fit inside and stay there as the wheel rotates? Thanks.
I have a hunch you have lots of jealous neighbours :D
This is as cool as it gets!!!!
you rock and are by far the best dad ever bc you are showing your kids how to enjoy making things while prob teaching them how. that's really cool.
Most Impressive!
sweeeeet! :)
THIS is TOO cool...I want one for Christmas!!! Really fun instructable....perfect project to build during winter months or when you run out of important things to do...My granddaughters would love this...have to consider building one...Thanks much for sharing, Steve.
If you can,<br>Can you make an instructable for making this marble machine on this page?<br>(the smaller one)
I have a few other projects in the works and one more Instructable that I am trying to finish up this week. If I have some time open up I will try to put something together on the smaller marble machine.
I know you're probably way busy with life and other instructables, but could you post a close-up of the marbles entering/leaving the wheel? That would help a ton for those of us who still don't completely get it. ;)<br><br>Did you use a template for the big circle and other wheel parts? Could you post a few shots of those?<br><br>Okay, I'm asking a lot, sorry about that! But this is really neat! I spent way too much money once on ebay buying SpaceWarp kits but never did get around to building the track-around-the-house! This looks good enough that my wife might actually let me do it!<br><br>Thanks for the awesome instructable!
I'll see what I can do about getting a couple more picture of the marbles entering and leaving the wheel. With the holidays I am not sure how soon it will be.<br><br>I used a piece of wood for a template for one of the spokes of the wheel. I rotated that piece and traced it to the other spoke locations. I then cur both wheels out at the same time so they would match. Unfortunately I don't have the template piece anymore.<br><br>I'll keep my fingers crossed for you in getting your wife to let you build one of these.<br><br>Thanks for the kind words.
Genius!<br>5 stars, favorite, and you'll have my vote!
that is really cool. i especially love the way its not in anybodies way. i mean, its cool to have a contraption like that, but to have it in the perfect place; where there isnt anything else.
Beautiful!!!!, Well Done, You will absolutely get the Laser and you deserve it!
that is the most cool, awesome, amzing, flabbergasting, astounding, creative, detailed, ingenious, kinetic and scientific instructable ever to win a contest! what can I say? 5*? :)
Wow That is very cool....Well Done
congratulations with a well deserved win!
alright so i have one massive question..... where do you get those marbles?!
The marbles for this project were purchased from MegaGlass. They are 25mm diameter (about 1-inch) in diameter and were purchased in a bulk bag of 125 count. The price was around $40 at the time of purchase.<br><br>Link to marble supplier MegaGlass.com:<br><br>http://www.megaglass.com/c/toy-playing-marbles.html<br><br>
This is the coolest invention I've ever seen. You're really talented!!
What a good dad ! Outstanding and looks beautifully crafted :)

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