Walnut/Maple Top

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-22-2011 08:15 PM 1612 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been meaning to put a bigger top body on this hardware I bought from Penn State. They had a design for a small diameter top that was very hard to get started and it would not run long when it did. I tool some scraps from the burn barrel and fitted them together, tapped a 10-32 hole in the center and turned this top. it runs for a whole minute now. The nice thing about the hardware is that when you pull the string and let it go, it winds back up and then you let it go to spin. I was going to cut a spiral in it but I’ll save that for the next one.

Gift for Marcello’s son!

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

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 08:33 PM

That’s a nice! top.

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 08:38 PM

nice, looks very neat. I like the color difference.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 01:00 AM

When I read about the contest, one of my first thoughts was a top… but nothing near as nice as this one Jim!!
Excellent Job my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 02:36 AM

Jimmy Boy,
Another nice project you have here. Spins for a minute huh….. Let us know how long the next will run ;)
You are quite the craftsmen my friend.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 10-23-2011 03:07 AM

Hey Jim, thats a pretty serious top you made there, see if you can get 3 mins then you can throw away the egg timer LOL, nice job Mate :)

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

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#6 posted 10-23-2011 03:33 AM

You have been busy mate. Good luck in the competition.

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

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#7 posted 10-23-2011 09:24 PM

Hi Jim, that is some fancy top, well done. Your turnings are very good.

Thanks for showing how and sharing Jim.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#8 posted 10-24-2011 03:49 AM

Fantastic top.

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#9 posted 10-24-2011 10:05 AM

I love tops, I guess I never grow up.
What is the finish?
Amazing one minute!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 10-24-2011 03:09 PM

that’s a tip-top top

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 10-29-2011 05:38 AM

very cool now i want to see it in person

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 04-15-2012 10:14 PM

Great top and thanks for the good pictures.
Found a top video on the internet using a ball bearing instead of a re-winder.
Same size top with a bolt as a point, shaft and two nuts holding the bearing.
Used a string to launch. I didn’t have much luck at it. Out of balance.
Will try it your way.

-- Quicksilver

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