Bird Feeders & Houses - Handmade with Pride in the USA

Marietta, Georgia
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Danny Sands

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About SuburbanWoodcraft

Sales 1,230
On Etsy since 2017

Garden Tool Shed to Wood Shop!

Shop may be too strong of a word for the little barn styled garden shed that I started working out of about three years ago. The 10X12 foot space was very confined and there was very little room to work. The more tools I added, the tighter it got.

My main focus for the past few years has been to design and build what I call marble machines. Little handcrafted one-of-a-kind marble runs that click and clack as the marbles work their way up and then plunge down their various courses.

As a palette I usually start with a 7x9x3/4 inch oak board. I typically sand it then coat it with a semi-gloss finish. I then work to determine how I am going to use a little electric motor to propel 1/2 inch steel bearings up to a height of about 9-10 inches. After working out how I am going to get the bearings up, I then work on ways to bring them down using various types and shapes of wood and 3/16 inch or 1/8 inch thick brass wire rod.

About six months ago I added an addition to the garden shed and converted it into what I can now loosely call a shop! I have about 220 square feet of workspace. Still tight after adding a Rikon 14-inch band-saw to the tool mix. However, the addition of a fine bandsaw restarted the creative juices, setting me off on a new venture in building a few custom birdhouses...

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
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Marble Machines are thoroughly tested prior to shipment. In most cases you can view the machine in action on our Facebook page. Great care is taken in packaging for shipment. However, the machine may be damaged in shipping and may need a slight tweak or adjustment upon receipt. Machines must be leveled to work correctly and a small bubble level is included for first time use with each sale. Please take a moment to read the enclosed letter in the shipment for more setup information.

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