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DIY: Dominoes setter is hypnotically simple and brilliant

Sept. 8, 2017

When the stresses of the world prove to be too overwhelming, I try to center myself by meditating, communing with nature, or watching a homemade machine placing dominoes in a perfectly straight row.

When the stresses of the world prove to be too overwhelming, I try to center myself by meditating, communing with nature, or watching a homemade machine placing dominoes in a perfectly straight row. YouTuber Matthias Wandel has created such a device with little more than wood, ball bearings, rubber bands, a small motor, and some ingenuity. The outcome is a marvel of DIY creativity and the epitome of soothing repetition. 

According to David Grossman for Popular Mechanics: "This isn't the first time  Matthias Wandel  has figured out how to get his dominoes just right, he's also done so with Legos. But this project introduced a whole new level of difficulty. While the magazine and slider work on the first go-around, Wandel had to build out a straightener for the pieces and alter the speeds. With Legos this requires adding and subtracting pieces, with wood it requires power tools."

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Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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