Marble Race

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Building blocks with a built-in race track

Building blocks are a cornerstone of childhood, but with most kids, the thrill is relatively short-lived. Here’s a set that’s guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart, and to teach you a few woodworking lessons along the way. These cleverly designed drops, chutes, and curved blocks encourage creative minds to assemble tall towers that double as marble raceways. This simple scrapwood project also offers lessons in accurate production work. The parts must be milled precisely in order for the marbles to roll without a hitch. With the following step instructions and jigs, you can make a starter set in a weekend. But keep the jigs handy. You’ll likely get requests for more parts, or another set, before the holiday season ends.

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