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The Four Tops....times 3 ..................#600

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-22-2016 11:35 PM 766 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed more tops to give away at the show tomorrow so I spit a cherry lot that was ready to go into the wood furnace because it cracked all the way through. I got enough pieces to make 11 tops and found a cracked piece of hard maple burl and made the 12th out of it.
I wanted to try a different design with most of the mass on the outer ring and most of them are turned that way.
I tried all these tops when I made them but the ones with the thick outer ring spin the easiest and the longest.

They are 1 3/4” to 2 3/4” in diameter and finished with clear matte spray.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 11:48 PM

As generous as this is I believe you like to be on the lathe more. I don’t blame you Jim.
The heavier mass of outer weight is a good choice.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 07-22-2016 11:51 PM

Makes me want one and feel like a kid again .
Thanks Jim and good selling at the show tomorrow .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#3 posted 07-22-2016 11:56 PM

Those are Cool! I like the dark colored one!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 07-23-2016 12:04 AM

they are very neat …..... old classic toys ….......... GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 07-23-2016 12:33 AM

Your having to much fun Jim, all the best at the show. Nice selection of tops.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#6 posted 07-23-2016 12:43 AM

All good fun Jim

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 07-23-2016 12:48 AM

Great idea Jim, and a lot of fun for you while you make them.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 07-23-2016 01:17 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I hope the kids like them…they are not I-Tops with a screen and keypad!
I’ll bet none of the little kids have ever seen a top. Maybe their parents can show them how to work it!!

Hi Dave, I can find any excuse to be on that new lathe. I love it. These were fun to make late at night with the radio on and turning out what ever shape comes to mind. I used that new collet holder and it runs soooo true.

Hi Lew, that dark one from the burl is the hardest to get to spin using the top handle. I think I have too much mass on the bottom. But, it goes like the devil when you start it by spinning the body!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 07-23-2016 02:50 AM

Nice job Jim. Four Tops, I was hoping there would be some music to go with your post.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 07-23-2016 02:53 AM

Just a big Kid Jim :: )))
The young’uns will love them, all the best for the show
cheers
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 07-23-2016 04:01 AM

Reminds me of a song by Perry Como…

... and it goes around & around… etc…

LOL

Nice bunch of mini-tops!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#12 posted 07-23-2016 04:59 AM

Very TOPPING Jim.
Top job mate.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#13 posted 07-23-2016 05:59 AM

Jim. You are really Spinning, Those Tops look great. The Kids will have lots of fun.

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 07-23-2016 08:04 AM

I bet they will sell like bread. I like the darkest one.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 07-23-2016 10:22 AM

Thanks Darrell, Pete, Joe, Bob Cliff and Ivan.

Hi Darrell, Good idea, here is the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKAmqPE5hIg

Hi Ivan, these will not be for sale. I love to give stuff to the kids just to see their faces light up!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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