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Basic Description

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Here is a thoroughly enjoyable project that you can mount on any wall. It's a plinko display in which you place a thin puck at the top and let go. The puck randomly bounces its way amongst a series of pins to the bottom where it is held in place by some hidden magnets. While it may look simple, it takes patience and requires some precise work. We made ours to be 5' (1.5m) tall. We think that you will love making and playing with this project!
Materials Plywood, acrylic sheet, hinges, magnets, pine lumber, dowels, paint, cabinet pull etc. A complete material list is listed below.
Tools A complete woodshop is required for this project including but not limited to the following tools: bandsaw, table saw, disc sander, router. A complete tool list is listed below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated materials cost: $95
Time 16 hours
Difficulty Challenging
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The first step is to acquire all of the necessary materials and to make sure that you have all of the proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared before commencing because then you can work without unnecessary interruptions.

We are listing the materials for the plinko version that we chose to make. You can alter the dimensions as discussed in the plan and in the design considerations section at the end of this plan. If you are going to make any changes to our design, it is imperative that you thoroughly read through the plan to ensure that you are considering everything.
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Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 1 1/2" x 21" x 60" (13 x 610 x 1524mm) birch plywood
#2 2 1" x 3" x 8' (20 x 60 x 2400mm) pine or similar
#3 1 1/4" x 20" x 46" (6 x 500 x 1160mm) acrylic sheet, to be cut to final size in plan
#4 3 self-closing cabinet hinges, that close 3/8" (1cm) below mounting surface
#5 1 cabinet door pull
#6 2 glass cabinet pulls
#7 5 or 6 25lb (11kg) pull 2" (5cm) diameter cup magnets
#8 ~ 100 1" (25mm) brads
#9 - various color paints, see plan for details
#10 - paint primer
#11 4 3/8" (1cm) diameter x 4' (122cm) dowel, see plan for details
#12 1 plaster or joint compound
#13 - wood glue
#14 - super glue (cyanoacrylate-based glue)
#15 - scrap wood or plastic, approx. 1/4" (6mm) thick, for pucks
#16 8 1" (25mm) diameter fender washers for puck inserts
You can make any of several alterations to the dimensions and design that we are using. Before you make any changes or purchase materials, we recommend that you read through the entire plan and, in particular check the design considerations section at the end of this plan.

Tool List

drill with various drill bits including forstner bits
long straight edge
table saw
large square (not required)
center punch or scratch awl
plunge router with straight bit and roundover bit (optional)
router table (recommended)
miter saw
sandpaper and preferably a sander
disc sander
drill press (recommended)
jointer (recommended)

We have omitted the most common tools from our tool list. Furthermore, some of the tools on the list are not necessarily required. If you do not have everything on the list you may be able to use an alternative but you will surely need to read through the entire plan first.

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