Build a marble racer

By Canadian Home Workshop

Marble drop game

Photo by Roger Yip

Marble racing toys have been around for ages, and with good reason. Kids love the speed, competition and noise; and if all those marbles don’t make enough racket, the bell at the finish line will. My design is simple enough that kids can join you in the shop for part of the building process and, with your supervision, lend a hand. The more comfortable you make your kids in the shop, the easier skills will come to them if they decide to have their own shops as adults.

1 Hour




Part Material Size (T x W x L*) Qty.


Base Walnut 1 5/8" x 5" x 17" 1
Back Baltic birch plywood 1/2" x 17" x 21" 1
Bell block Spalted maple 1" x 5" x 5" 1
Bell block walls Spalted maple 3/8" x 1/2" x 5" 3


Extra short Walnut and Ash 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2 4 of each species
Short Walnut and Ash 3" x 3" x 3" 3 of each species
Medium Walnut and Ash 7" x 7" x 7" 3 of each species
Long Walnut and Ash 10" x 10" x 10" 2 of each species
End stops Walnut and Ash 1/4" x 3/4" x 1" 18

* Length indicates grain direction

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