Operational Skeeball Machine Made From LEGO Knex

August 7, 2012

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This is the full-size (looks small to me but I haven't been to Chuck-E-Cheese in a couple months), fully operational skeeball machine built entirely out of Knex by Instructable user Shadowman39. Apparently he comes from a long line of Shadowmen. Me? I come from a long line of dragon slayers. Back me up, dad! Dad? "He's out slaying a frost-dragon." Mom, I'm hungry -- will you make me a sandwich? I'd do it myself but I still have blood on my hands from the dragon I took down this morning. "That was a garden snake." MOM! Not in front of my friends.

This machine is full-size, coin-operated (takes quarters), turns itself off automatically, and counts points using a mechanical counter. And, all of it is mechanical, using only normal motors to power it (no CyberKnex motors). There are six motors used in the machine; four of them are used for just the counter. The only non-Knex parts used are a few rubber bands and the paper for the counter.


This game is a lot of fun to play, for me and my family (my dad has the highest score, over 400 points). I've only scored in the 1000 point hole 2 times, and I haven't seen anyone else score that one, so it's very hard to get the ball there. Playing time for one game is about 1:30, plus how long it takes to throw eight balls.

Great job, Shadowman. I couldn't even IMAGINE myself building something like that. Of course I can barely imagine myself getting out of bed every morning, so I'm at a natural disadvantage. Still, you know the one thing it's missing? A ticket dispenser. I've got my eye on a slap bracelet, dammit!

Hit the jump for a bunch more shots and a cool video showing it's inner-workings in cut-away form.

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Thanks to perril and Bryce, who buy little kids off with tokens to run up the lane and drop all the balls in the center hole for maximum pointage.

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