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These are a few Hanukah Toys that I made for my daughter.

They are made of Apple-wood, and were the first project I got to use the bandsaw.

These are similar to a Top, but they have 4 sides, and a hebrew letter on each side representing a word in a 4 words phrase that says “a Big Miracle Happened There” if you live OUTSIDE of Israel (as the “there” refers to Israel) OR “a Big Miracle Happened Here” if you live IN Israel.

The miracle referred to is the miracle that kept the oil can full to last 8 days to light the menorah.

The funny thing is, that right after completing all the cuts, this Draidel would not spin- apparently the top was so sharp that every little thing would knock it off balance, I had to flatten slightly the bottom of these to give them a more forgiving pivot surface to spin on.

Happy Holidays everyone, and a Happy New Year!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2039 days ago

Happy Hanukah to you Lev. Neat draidels.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 2039 days ago

They’re beautiful! Thanks for posting, and hope you had a great holiday.

-- Eric at

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#3 posted 2039 days ago

Lev Happy Hanukah . The tops look great

May yoy have a blessed New Year.

Do you have any family in the fighting area of Israel?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#4 posted 2039 days ago

Happy Chanukkah… I had plans to make a dreidel for my boys this year, (it’s the first year that my oldest is “getting” the concept of the holiday!) but lots got in the way…

Nicely done!

-- Ryno

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#5 posted 2039 days ago

Thanks everyone.

and Karson – NO, no more relatives that are fighting. don’t want to shift the focus on this project in a political way – so I won’t ;)


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 2039 days ago

Nice carving of the letters…

-- Zipsss

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#7 posted 2039 days ago

i made HEAPS of these for my daughter class – they were very nice. i managed to make one every 2 minutes – not a bad rate. most of the time was marking and erasing. i have also found this fact about flattening the bottom to make it spin longer.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 2038 days ago

Thoise are so cool! Thanks for sharing!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#9 posted 2038 days ago

Thats great. I will have to try some one day

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 2037 days ago

I have a little dreidel. I made it out of wood. And when it’s dry and ready, I see that it was good
Fine job, PL!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 2037 days ago

thanx for all the comments – this was a fun thing to make. the gift that keeps on giving.

Douglas – thanx for the song!

Happy New Year Everybody!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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