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Sycamore wood turned into a classic wooden spin top. I thought vintage toys we’re suppose to be easy to use?!


Roughing out the blank


Shaping the top


After a handful of dynamic design choices I settled on this shape!


Covering all my sins & tearout with sandpaper….


Considering that I was about to start throwing this at the ground I’m glad I got a shot of it first!


-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters





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LesB

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#1 posted 12 days ago

Fun project. Sycamore is probably a little soft for this project. I have made a couple my self a few years ago.
For the point I use a double headed 16 penny nail, cut short and ground off the first head to form a point. The second head acted as a stop ring. With that stop ring of the nail left “proud” of the wood you do not need the ridge you have turned to hold the string in place near the point.
I played with these as a kid in the 50s. We actually had a game similar to marbles only the object was to knock your opponents spinning top out of the circle. Done with precision you could even splint the opponents top apart by landing on top of it. That is where the overhand throw came in with more power.
The proper method for throwing the top was in an over hand motion like pitching a base ball (at the ground where you want it to land) with the pull back on the string as the top hit the end of the string to flip it over. The top is held upside down between the thumb and little finger. It does take some practice.
Great fun….

-- Les B, Oregon

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Phil53

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#2 posted 11 days ago

Played with these as a kid. All the one’s I had were made of white pine or some cheep wood for the time.
I tried to make one using the double headed nail but could not get it to spin, but I only tried for about 10 to 15 min. I will have to try this again.

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Peter Brown

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#3 posted 11 days ago


I played with these as a kid in the 50s. We actually had a game similar to marbles only the object was to knock your opponents spinning top out of the circle. Done with precision you could even splint the opponents top apart by landing on top of it. That is where the overhand throw came in with more power.
- LesB

That pretty cool! I wish I had someplace to throw this that wasn’t in my covered patio. I don’t trust myself with an overhand throw in a room lined with windows… :)

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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Peter Brown

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#4 posted 11 days ago



Played with these as a kid. All the one s I had were made of white pine or some cheep wood for the time.
I tried to make one using the double headed nail but could not get it to spin, but I only tried for about 10 to 15 min. I will have to try this again.

- Phil53

I think I’ll make another one with a nail just to try this. I suppose I could give it a whirl in on the driveway…

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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CO_Goose

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#5 posted 7 days ago

Can’t top your top, however there is a forum that has a lot of people who would love to see you top. There are a lot of examples of tops there and a section devoted to making and collecting. http://www.ta0.com/forum/

-- Just making sawdust

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CO_Goose

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#6 posted 7 days ago

FYI, they already have it posted over there from your instructables post…
http://www.ta0.com/forum/index.php/topic,3423.0.html

-- Just making sawdust

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Peter Brown

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#7 posted 7 days ago

CO_Goose. That’s a cool forum. I headed over there to thank them for the link…

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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