The Boardrun - an Interchangeable Marble Run

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Introduction: The Boardrun - an Interchangeable Marble Run

About: Hi! I'm Isaac Santos. I'm a 14 year old maker and entrepreneur who can't keep my hands still. I aspire to show all other young people out there that you can be a great maker, no matter how old you are.

I had a craft fair coming up in 3 days and was freaking out about it until I thought of marble runs. At this realization I thought, "What if I make a versatile, editable marble run?"

After a few prototypes made with weak magnetic paint, I realized that I could use a pegboard and rubberbands instead!

So, without further ado, I present... The Boardrun!!! (Bad name I know, don't remind me)

Using a DIY pegboard and rubberbands, this marble run has an endless amount of combinations for endless tinkering!

Let's get making!

(Woo Hoo! This is now available for purchase and you can get it here! Very few left! Tell me if you got it and I'll give you a premium membership!)

Supplies:

You will need

A bag of thick bamboo skewers

Assorted rubberbands

(edit: special thanks to jeanduino for finding this website to get a pack of rubber bands: https://la-petite-epicerie.fr/fr/attaches-oeillets-pinces/4397-elastiques-couleurs-neon-45-g-4051271073473.html)

An artist's wooden painting board

Paint (optional)

A drill

A pencil

A small saw (I used a foam cutter)

Step 1: The Pegboard

Mark the pegboard holes. I used holes 1 inch apart from each other. When you finish, start drilling the holes. If you like you can spray paint the pegboard to make it look sleek.

Onto the next step!

Step 2: Make the Pegs

Mark the skewers depending on the length you want for the pegs. With your saw, cut the marks to get your pegs!

I made 30 pegs, but you may make more or less.

Step 3: Poke the Holes in the Pegboard

Using the pegs, poke the holes in the pegboard if they're slightly small and a tight fit for the pegs. This was my case, but if you get lucky you can skip this step.

Step 4: All Done!

I hope you enjoy your new Boardrun!

To use it, stick the pegs in the pegboard and string the rubber bands on.

Thank you for reading this instructable! It means a lot to me :D

If you enjoyed it, please vote it in the contest! Thanks!

If you want a 3D version, try building my Marble tracks on stilts!

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    terrefirmax2
    terrefirmax2

    1 year ago

    How do we become people who are drawn to certain things and not others? I am also drawn to pegboards, marble runs, and other kinetic items, but also recessed shelves and hidden drawers...sigh.

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    Reply 1 year ago

    It's a mystery. As you see, for me I like to make ;)

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    loubee2
    loubee2

    1 year ago

    Great & simple idea for a kid project! I was just wondering if wooden golf tees would be easier to use (& look nicer & less work!) than cut bamboo skewers? The tapering shank might mean they could be inserted a little "firmer"? Keep up inventing good projects! Thanks, Lou

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    SalbaheJim
    SalbaheJim

    Reply 1 year ago

    The problem with golf tees is two-fold, and both because of the taper. The taper means that any vibration, added to the pull of the rubber bands, will pull the tees out of the holes and shoot them like darts across the room. The other problem is the taper will encourage the rubber bands to slide down against the board where, instead of bouncing the marbles, they'll just turn into speed bumps. :-)

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    terrefirmax2
    terrefirmax2

    Reply 1 year ago

    Love the fact that you considered and then answered the question. Where were you when I was trying to open a maker space...

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    Reply 1 year ago

    :O that's genius! I'll definitely have to try that out sometime.

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    jeanduino
    jeanduino

    1 year ago

    Excellent !
    Do you know where I can find (online) nice rubberbands like these please ?

    Thanks :)

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    Reply 1 year ago

    I actally found mine at a local dollar store. Let me do some research...

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    Reply 1 year ago

    Great! I'll be adding that to the instructable.Thanks :D

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    jeanduino
    jeanduino

    Reply 1 year ago

    My pleasure :)
    Happy if this can help others to find nice rubberbands !

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    Gadisha
    Gadisha

    1 year ago

    Fun idea, good thinking :)

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you very much :D

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    rbeforee
    rbeforee

    1 year ago

    Very clever

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! I think so too :D

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    GregS278
    GregS278

    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    Where's the video I would like to see it work! Looks like it could be a lot of fun!

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    rbeforee
    rbeforee

    Answer 1 year ago

    That’s what I came to the comments for. Thanks for asking my question so I indulge my “need” for instant gratification. :D

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    Answer 1 year ago

    Sure! I'll upload one soon.

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    UnjayM
    UnjayM

    1 year ago on Step 4

    Such simplicity, it’s genius!

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you :D