Make a spinning (sorta) toy (kinda) top (well, okay)

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 07-20-2012 10:50 PM 5250 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a spinning toy top. It really should be quite simple to turn on a lathe and I have no doubt most normal people could make this in about an hour. It took me three attempts.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 07-20-2012 11:47 PM

Stevin, What NEXT is your profile picture?

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#2 posted 07-20-2012 11:59 PM

Mere mortal indeed. This was a lot of fun – and even if it did not stay on your workspace at the end, it certainly did what it is supposed to do!

Could you make a video game console next? ;)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 07-21-2012 12:00 AM

Make the videogame console a addon to your Iwood>

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#4 posted 07-21-2012 12:49 AM

Your lathe lingo is about as good as mine. haha. Great video.

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#5 posted 07-21-2012 12:57 AM

nice work as always!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#6 posted 07-21-2012 01:10 AM

3rd time’s a charm, they say…lol Gr8 video, and entertaining as always. I jus don’t think ya spread that glue around on those first two… ?? Jus sayin :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 07-21-2012 02:05 AM

Ha Ha HA Ha
Your videos are great. Keep making them. You are a star on the rise with your next video sure to go viral.
I’ve broke a lot of tops and had success at finishing a lot of unbalanced tops the hop.
Don’t give up and let us watch your progress.

-- Quicksilver

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#8 posted 07-21-2012 03:06 AM

Steve I love the opportunity for design change. And you were all over some design change. Well done and I liked the video. My wife says “he’s weird.” I told her that is nothing you aught to see the one where he took a trip to a big box store.
Good stuff Steve. keep em coming.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 07-21-2012 03:21 AM

What kind of lathe do you have? I want to make sure i dont get the same one so i dont end up with a bunch of broken tops laying around. Haha

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#10 posted 07-22-2012 03:06 AM

You were right…a blue string is way better!

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#11 posted 07-22-2012 03:41 AM


Design question. Will the string work as wel if it is fuchsia? I’m not going to go into how (or why) I procured 5,000 feet of fuchsia string, but I think this top idea would be a good use for some of it. So, will the fuchsa work? Just think of it as bright red.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#12 posted 07-22-2012 11:56 AM

Another great video. Look forward to every one you make. Keep up the great work!

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#13 posted 07-22-2012 08:22 PM

Cool Steve. Very cool!!!

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#14 posted 07-23-2012 12:22 PM

Hey Steve , why don’t you put a skirt around the board to keep the top in???

-- Rodman

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