K'nex Spiral Element




About: I've had K'nex as long as i can remember but it wasn't until I was old enough to have a credit card and an eBay account that I started working on much larger scale projects. I've built roller coasters and t...

An exciting element for any knex ball tower.
Video link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTc5rsT-Lfg

Step 1: Frame

Construct a frame using 12 grey rods and 16 blue connectors. Alternatively you could use purple connectors depending on the situation.

Step 2: The Crossbars

Add the crossbars using grey rods, grey connectors and lots of spacers. Put 2 connectors on each end of the rod and add the spacers as shown in the diagram. Spacing is crucial so if you are using something smaller than a standard knex ball you should use less spacers.

x grey rods
2 grey connectors per rod
lots of spacers

Its a bad photo, yeh?

Step 3: The Crosspieces

Add the crosspieces in the pattern 3-2-3-2....

Step 4: Compiling the Crosspieces

Slide the crosspieces together so that they only just touch. Ensure that the crosspieces all connect together with the pins locking into the rectangular holes in the corresponding pieces as shown in the picture.

(Thats a completely useless photo.  I don't know how enyone could make comething comprehensive from that)

Step 5: Tubing

Wrap the tubing into the spiral ensuring that all the connector pins are used. When you reach the top wrap the tubing around the uppermost crosspieces so that the track is on roughly 45 degrees to allow easy entry for the balls. In the picture I have added an extra length of tubing to make the track smoother as well as two extra crosspieces for support.

approx 1m tubing required

(Is it bending?  YES.  If you can, use some lss-stiff tubing (like the orange stuff))



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    You really make good instructions. I think you should make your own 1001-balltower elements book. =P


    9 years ago on Step 5

    Do you have to use knex tubing cuz it's kinda expensive (for a tube) so is there any alternatives?

    6 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    As yet no other solution to that little issue unless you have a friend who you could get some off. Perhaps you could make the sides out of a curved piece of card but you wouldn't get quite the same effect. Sorry I can't be of any more help but good luck to ya.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    Do u know how many 38 pounds of knex is? Also is 38 pounds for $70 a good deal? Please answer ASAP cuz bidding ends today Also is 38 pounds for 70$ better than Lost Mines:Power Tower Crane Big Ball Factory(Crankin' up the Big Ball) Hyperspace Training Tower Trampoline Tower Command-A-Bot(radio control) For $100?

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    wow... I have like 7-8 screaming serpents, and a star burst spinner,and a rippin rocket, and a looping lizzard, and a really really old monster truck set, and some more random k'nex. LoL