Make A Dropping Top

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Project by Peter Brown posted 12-04-2014 06:47 PM 1156 views 6 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I first saw this toy demonstrated over on the Grand Illusions YouTube channel, and I knew I had to try my hand at it!

Walnut Dropping Top with wipe on ploy finish

This was turned from a piece of claro walnut, 5/4” thick and about 5” in diameter. I get these blocks from bags of firewood I buy from a local gun stock maker! They make great turning blocks as well as small project pieces! You’d be surprised how many local cabinet shops have similar deals. It’s worth asking if you’re feeling brave!

Fate was messing with me during filming and so of course I left in my woes for you enjoyment. It really does work well! A good deal better after the camera was turned off it seemed. Ever see that cartoon of the guy with the singing frog?!

Yeah, it was kinda like that…

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

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 12:17 AM

Neat. New to me.

I just watched the video over on youtube about this top. It seems like that one has a much smaller and smoother handle on the top where you launch it. Maybe that is why it does not always leave the string. Or maybe not….

Anyway, this looks like a fun toy to make. I will spin one up soonly.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 06:52 PM

I’d not seen it before that video either! His does work a bit more smoothly, but I’m found I don’t need to pull the strings tight to launch it. Just enough to unwind the string. No more mis-launches since then!

Please let me know if you make one!

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

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