I love roller coasters. Especially wooden ones.
To me, they are the epitome of functional art. The timber frameworks are mesmerizing feats of creativity in and of themselves, aside from the fact that they are built so people can zip along in a little car on a track on top, under, and through them. Modern metal and hybrid coasters are fascinating as well, but the old wooden ones have a special appeal to many people, me being one of them.
I also love rolling ball sculptures, and kinetic art in general.
A few years ago I made a pretty neat marble coaster out of cardboard. Ever since then I’ve often thought it would be fun to make another one, but this time completely out of wood and styled to look like a classic wooden roller coaster.
This is the realization of that idea, and I’m happy to report that this wooden marble coaster works great and was incredibly fun and satisfying to make.
The highlight of the build for me is the solid wood Archimedes-screw-type lift that transfers the marbles back to the top of the track for continuous rolling action.
And just to keep it interesting, the entire thing was made from a SINGLE 8-foot two-by-four!
Come along and see how it was made, and then perhaps go and make your own. Thanks for checking this out!
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