|Project by socrbent||posted 12-19-2015 04:55 AM||797 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
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