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Making Marble-Action Games, Gadgets, Mazes & Contraptions: Designs for 10 Outlandish, Ingenious and Intricate Woodworking Projects Paperback – June 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1st Ed edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811728552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811728553
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,507,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bridgewaters have written and illustrated more than 40 books on woodworking and crafts, including Building Doors and Gates, How to Use and Care for Woodworking Tools, and Boxes and Chests.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Larry Pray on November 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am used to making projects for which dimensions for the various pieces are provided. Not only does the author fail to provide dimensions but he also fails to even talk about some of the pieces that are part of a given project.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mike Little on February 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was a terrible disappointment. I wanted to give it no stars but that didn't seem to be an option. For most of these gadgets he begins the chapter by explaining that they don't actually work very well, they tend to jam and clog up requiring a certain amount of tilting and tapping to clear the device. Many of the mazes and such are non-functional - they are there to make the contraption look complicated. It's clear to me from looking at it that the dice substitute will never generate a 1, 2, or 6, and the thing is definitely not uniform like dice would be. The spirit of Rube Goldberg is represented by contraptions that do a lot but accomplish very little. The mechanisms in this book just don't do anything. I didn't find a single satisfying project in here and felt like it was a waste of twenty bucks. And what are metric conversion tables doing in here? An embarrassment if you ask me. If you like this kind of stuff get Making Wooden Mechanical Models by Alan and Gill Bridgewater. It is far superior.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David Williams on August 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed as well. I expected projects I could build, but nothing struck me as worth the time. The basic ideas are OK, marble rollers, and so on. But I would only use this stuff as a departure point for my own designs.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Cincinelli on February 20, 2006
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This book contains 10 ideas for games which seem to be what every child would enjoy. The problem is that most of the figures used in the book to give construction details leave a lot to be desired. Most of the photos are black and white and difficult to see any detail. The drawings are also in black and white and are also very difficault to follow.
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