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Labyrinth Game

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I saw a few images of this Labyrinth Game on the Internet and decided to create my own wooden version. I used offcuts from previous projects so next to no investment in components aside from the steel ball. It is fairly straightforward to make, and I worked with a scale paper outline of the divisions. Each of the dividers is glued to the Baltic Birch base. A cherry frame surround both the bottom and the base with holes. The challenge is to ensure each of the dividers is oriented and spaced correctly so the ball flows well. 

The Baltic Birch base is raised just enough for clearance of the steel ball as it returns to the right bottom opening. The goal is to start at the top left and meander the ball to the lower right-hand corner. The hole in the bottom right-hand corner does not allow the steel ball to drop down and marks the successful end of the game.

Norman Pirollo

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nice game norman.would make a great gift for the kids,or maybe the adults too.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

That is way cool, awesome build. I bet it's fun to master and it could be addictive. Well Done.

Main Street to the Mountains

This might be a good Winter project for the Grandkids ( probably be worn out before they would get it ). Great job !!!   Mike
It is fun and takes a bit to master. My wife is much better at it than I am. It can be addictive; people usually won't let go until they have succeeded.

Norman Pirollo

Good to see that I'm not the only one with a puzzle penchant... neat job NP.

Those tolerances look tight.. probably not something to undertake after a few vinos... the solving, not building.

Do you have a perspex cover to foil the potential cheats?

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

I always liked the ones with the knobs to tilt the board but this looks way better.  Just grab it and go.
FWIW,  I never made it with the knobs anyway.  

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Oh yah.. lots of fun frustration there!

This would be a good entry for the woodentoybuild2022 challenge (just add the tag

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Nice labyrinth game Norman. They are great fun.

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

Looks like a fun build and a nice job you've made of it. I tend to agree with Little Black Duck the tolerances would be tight for little legs, fine for us big folk though.......

Kerry - Working with wood, the smell the feel, is such a joy, its a meditation of sorts.

Reminds me of the dentist’s office as a kid!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".


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Reminds me of the dentist’s office as a kid!
Reminds me of the dentist as an adult,

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

A great interpretation of a centuries old idea.
It can be challenging. With every game, you improve. There is a trend develping to the return of board games, games like this. Getting away from computer games.

Norman Pirollo