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A Trio of Tops

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Project by Underdog posted 02-03-2017 03:44 AM 847 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A trio of tops made from white rock maple. About 2” x 2”, turned, textured, colored with Sharpies, and dusted with some Rustoleum Painters Touch clear satin.
Every once in a while I like to turn these because they’re simple and fun. I think I have about 30 in my box right now… EDIT Texture was put on using: 1) Homemade Chatter Tool 2) Apprentice Texturing (Knurling) Tool 3) Sorby Spiral Tool

-- Jim, Georgia, USA





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CO_Goose

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#1 posted 02-03-2017 04:10 AM

Those look great!
What type of tool did you use to get the patterns on the tops?

-- Just making sawdust

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Kelster58

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#2 posted 02-03-2017 10:44 AM

Very nice ! The way you colored them with sharpies makes then jump out. What a great thing to pass on to family. Children and adults would enjoy them. Makes me want to get a lathe. GREAT job !

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 02-03-2017 01:28 PM

Very eye catching tops. Nice work.

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

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John Stegall

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#4 posted 02-03-2017 01:45 PM

They look great. Reminds me that I promised some for our “kids minister”. I glue a dowel into a disk to save on wood. It helps when you need to turn 20-30 for giving away. I use Crayon markers, cheaper, and seem to work the same. One of our turning club members has literally turned thousands of them. Over a 20-30 year span.

You really did a great job on the embellishing.

-- jstegall

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Underdog

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#5 posted 02-03-2017 02:44 PM



Those look great!
What type of tool did you use to get the patterns on the tops?

- CO_Goose


Texture was put on using: 1) Homemade Chatter Tool 2) Apprentice Texturing (Knurling) Tool 3) Sorby Spiral Tool

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#6 posted 02-03-2017 03:01 PM

very nice

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bobasaurus

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#7 posted 02-03-2017 04:20 PM

Looks nice. Do you have trouble turning such a steep slope without catching? The only time I tried a top, that step was hard for me.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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tyvekboy

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#8 posted 02-03-2017 08:21 PM

Great toy. Like the decoration.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 02-03-2017 08:34 PM

These are so nice and I love the beautiful colors. You did a fine job on these.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Underdog

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#10 posted 02-04-2017 01:53 AM



Looks nice. Do you have trouble turning such a steep slope without catching? The only time I tried a top, that step was hard for me.

- bobasaurus

Not really. About the 5th one, you start developing muscle memory and you hardly think about it. It’s all about riding the bevel, and keeping the edges out of the end grain. I use a 3/8” spindle gouge sharpened at about a 40 degree angle in a finger nail grind.

I started by learning to use a skew. Now THAT’S how to have some spectacular catches! A gouge is SO much easier to use.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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woodshaver Tony C

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#11 posted 02-04-2017 02:59 AM

Really cool looking top! Very colorful!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 02-04-2017 05:29 AM

Those are very colorful, must be interesting to see the colors blend when spun!
A real nice project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 02-04-2017 08:49 AM

Beautiful colours which look fantastic in spin.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Bud_3

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#14 posted 02-05-2017 08:06 PM



Beautiful colours which look fantastic in spin.

- majuvla

Same feeling here!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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johnhutchinson

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#15 posted 02-06-2017 12:05 AM

They look a lot like your photo id.
Is that just a coincidence?
:-)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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