Fidget spinner

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Project by MJR posted 04-25-2017 01:43 AM 3031 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this new fad the kids are going crazy for and thought how hard could it be to make one, Turns out not that hard, I’ve seen them selling for $15- $20, Then saw them in the 7-11 for $8 then on eBay for $1- $2…

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 11:22 AM

I have seen these, so I googled them. Turns out the ebay $1 are cheep bearings, the better the bearing, the better the spin time.
Ceramic are the best, lots available on-line. ESTY has some wood ones for $70 ++
Now we will all be building some, good job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 05:55 PM

Here is a link for inexpensive bearings the work great for the fidget widget. Also, I removed the dust cover on the center bearing and used WD-40. This has worked very well to improve the spin time.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 06:01 PM

Clean looking spinner MJR,
nicer than some of the others I have seen!

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#4 posted 04-25-2017 06:07 PM

I haven’t seen any of these. You learn something new everyday.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 04-25-2017 09:25 PM

I watched a couple YouTube to figure out what you do with it. Now my question is what are the three outer bearing for except weight?

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#6 posted 04-25-2017 11:37 PM

Nice looking spinners. My wife has “placed” an order for her craft shows this year so I have to get out and start knocking some out. My two boys already said they have dibs.

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#7 posted 04-26-2017 12:06 PM

What are you using in the middle? Most fidget spinners have a piece you hold in middle that goes through the bearing, so you are not actually holding the bearing.


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#8 posted 05-10-2017 01:16 AM

I watched a couple YouTube to figure out what you do with it. Now my question is what are the three outer bearing for except weight?

- SteveMI

The outer bearings are not very useful. You can grab one and spin it, but it is lopsided and won’t spin long. So I guess they are only there to add weight. I made a couple for my kids. The one with just wood in the shape of a fidget will only spin for a few seconds. The next one had holes for 3-4 pennies in each spot plus a wooden end cap. It spins for over a minute.

-- Steve

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