Turning a top

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Blog entry by Brett posted 11-23-2011 04:36 AM 4393 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a video of turning a spinning top on the lathe. It isn’t a “how to” video, just a here you go video. I really don’t have enough know how for it to be instructional.


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 06:45 AM

Cool work !

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 02:45 PM

Nice video, good work !!! I have made alot of those tops also. What is the reason for that type of finish ?

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 03:21 PM

That spins really well! I wasn’t sure what that finish is either…it looked like CA glue? Is that right? If so, that sounds intriguing.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 06:59 PM

Thanks guys! and ladies! (sorry) ;)

The finish is CA glue (Superglue), same thing that a lot use for finishing pens.

I used it because it is fast drying and protects the wood from getting dirty with all of the hands spinning the tops. I tried just some wax but they still get dirty.

I tried tried shellac, and it worked well, it just took longer to dry. The tops started out as practice and now I am addicted to turning them. I have about 30 that I have turned so far!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 11-25-2011 02:33 PM

Great idea and i really loved the music. The grand kids will love a few of these.

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#6 posted 11-25-2011 05:45 PM

It’s a fun and quick project.
Thanks for sharing.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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