Hanukkah Dreidel

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Project by Brett posted 10-18-2011 02:28 AM 2056 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a dreidel that I made spur of the moment last year for Hanukkah.

It is a scrap of maple and a dowel for the handle thing that you spin it by. I used permanant marker for the characters on the sides. I don’t remember if I put a finish on or not.

I used a little hobby lathe that is powered by a hand drill to turn it.

Quick, simple and fun project. Good one for the kids to make too if one so desires.

Thanks for looking!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 02:35 AM

Nice! I take it a dreidel is like a spinning top?

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

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 03:12 AM

Very nice Brett. Now that I have a lathe, I think I’m going to make some for my family this year.Very nice job on the lettering by the way. I can’t make a shin look that good.

Jim, yes but with flat sides. They are used in a game. Usually you use chocolate coins in a fun game with kids and family. Everyone starts with an equal amount of pieces of whatever(chocolate is common). Each round everyone puts a piece in the pot, also if it is ever empty everyone pays the pot. Then you go around and spin the dreidel. Each side has a hebrew letter that if it lands on you do something.

Nun – Do nothing
Gimmel – Player gets everything from pot
Hey – Player gets half of pot
Shin – Player pays a piece to the pot.

Brett, that looks like a Chet not a Hey but still VERY nice.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 03:16 AM

sweet! turning it on a lathe and having a round bottom helps with the turning A LOT. I might end up turning the tips this year.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 03:17 AM

Nice work on this piece, great stuff.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 03:24 AM

Probably much better to make it out of wood rather than clay!! LOL =0)

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 03:29 AM

Lol susan, my clay dreidels never spun.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 03:35 AM

Eric, you might be right about the letters. The hey was copied from a book print of the letter so it may not look quite right. There really is a space on the left leg and the tag on the top left, it just may be difficult to see and also the fact that I don’t know Hebrew! ;)

Thanks everyone for all of the comments. I didn’t expect to get so many from such a small project. Cool either way.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 03:36 AM

clay? I never heard of that one. got pic?

the original and authentic dreidel material of choice is supposed to be Lead, but I haven’t seen one like that since my childhood. and in todays age of awareness and child safety controls (especially in the US) I doubt one can find one (although I didn’t bother looking as wood dreidels are so much cooler)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 10-18-2011 05:32 PM

If the dot is on the right, it is SH (SHin) as in shell. With the dot on the left, it is Sin (pronounced seen) with the letter pronounced as the “s” as “so.” Good job without knowing Hebrew.
There are a lot of things to be done on a lathe. The driedel is very nice and will be something to be passed down for many generations.

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#10 posted 10-19-2011 09:35 PM

Hi Brett,
Very nice thanks for the post, makes life interesting. If you do not mind I would like to make some of these for Jewish friends but if I ask them for the lettering it would not be a surprise. Would you please post the correct lettering for me to copy. These friends are in Canada, South Africa as well as Israel.
Once many years ago made some product for export to Israel and had to mark all the parts with Hebrew lettering! that was a job!!
Kind regards,

-- stevenb

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#11 posted 10-20-2011 01:32 AM

Steven, if you send one to Israel, impress them by doing the correct version. On a dreidel, the four letters are an abbrevation for 4 words that mean “A great miracle happened there (Israel)”.

But in Israel, the 4th word and letter on the dreidel, Shin, is changed to a Peh, “A great miracle happened here”.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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