The Boardrun - an Interchangeable Marble Run

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About: I am a 13 year old maker in Canada who can't keep my hands still.

I had a craft fair coming up in 3 days and was freaking out about it until 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!

Supplies:

You will need

A bag of thick bamboo skewers

Assorted rubberbands

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!

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    GregS278

    Question 8 days 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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    rbeforeeGregS278

    Answer 7 days 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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    Scout59

    8 days ago

    I would probably just buy a pegboard and the pegs, this looks very useful since you can change the run every time. We compete in the classroom for the run with the longest time, and this set up would be reusable, instead of the paper roller coasters.

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    zakbobdopScout59

    Reply 7 days ago

    That would work too :D If you get one of those huge pegboards everyone in the class could pitch in!

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    cwilliams34

    7 days ago on Step 4

    Very elegant design, I think you should call it the Running Board...another bad play on words. The elegance is you can take this even further by add devices that fit into the peg holes so you could, build a feeder, switcher and sound devices very easily. I could see kids playing with this for hours and hours.

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    zakbobdopcwilliams34

    Reply 7 days ago

    XD I love horrible names. That idea is actually perfect! Now I'll have to figure out how to make pieces with pegs built into them!

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    PattiJF

    7 days ago

    Very impressive, so simple and innovative. I am a grown up now. ;-) but I loved marble mazes when I was a kid. I work in STEM educational outreach and I am always on the lookout for quick and fun building projects using basic materials. The materials are so inexpensive, the kids could make it and then take it home. Brilliant! Thank you!

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    zakbobdopPattiJF

    Reply 7 days ago

    Thank you! Good luck with teaching kids how to do it :D

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    loubee2

    8 days 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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    SalbaheJimloubee2

    Reply 7 days 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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    zakbobdoploubee2

    Reply 8 days ago

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

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    zap88

    8 days ago

    I really like that this project will be lots of fun to use after the fun of making it.

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    McAldo

    8 days ago

    I like this and it is a very good fit for the 1h challenge, so, you have my vote :)

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