Big Tops

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Project by socrbent posted 12-19-2015 04:55 AM 1293 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made 4 tops for Christmas presents following the design of a toy top I inherited from my dad that is easily over 60 years old. He may have made the one in the center of the first photo as a toy for me as a kid on a small green Sears lathe that he taught me some turning basics as a teenager. His top appears to be made of maple and walnut with a cherry handle. The other 4 new ones are cherry, padauk, and maple tops with white oak handles. You pull the string and lift the handle off the top to spin them. At this years Artistry in Wood I learned the easy solution for a pull string – a 27” shoe lace and a small cherry turned pull. The end tip makes it easy to thread the string into the hole in the top stem shaft. His top seems to have a nail at the tip. The new ones have a ball bearing epoxied in a turned recess at the tip which results in long smooth spin times.

Handle blanks – about 7”

Top glue ups – 5 1”x1” pieces

Finished with Mahoney’s Utility Finish (walnut oil) and then his oil wax finish including a fresh coat for the old top.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 12-19-2015 11:44 AM

Those will make great presents. I like the ball bearing and shoe lace.

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 01:56 PM

These tops turned out so nicely and will make great gifts.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 12-19-2015 02:48 PM

Nice tops. They look like a lot of fun to play with.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 12-19-2015 07:40 PM

beautiful presents!!!

-- helen

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#5 posted 12-20-2015 04:59 AM

Lovely little turning stuff outthere you made. I like that various woods play.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-20-2015 12:53 PM

Great used of small pieces of wood. They will make great Christmas gifts.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 01:26 AM

Nicely done. I love tops. What is the tip and how is it attached?

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#8 posted 12-21-2015 01:30 AM

Thanks to all for the kind comments.

Terry – the tip of the top is a ball bearing epoxied into a recess created by a brad point bit.

-- socrbent Ohio

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