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I had recently watched a DVD from the local library. Turning Boxes; with Richard Raffan
http://www.richardraffan.com/node/70 so I started out one morning to do just that. He made it look so simple with his four jaw self centering chuck on his nice fancy Lathe. I knew this would challenge me since all I have is face plate on an old but reliable Springfield Cast Lathe. I didn’t give it much thought but I had also looked at LJ’s that morning and noticed the toy contest.

I started with this round of Maple that had been in the attic for about 6 yrs. Tree came out of the front yard. I split it open and thought wow that’s nice. Well squaring up a piece of it was also going to be a challenge on my 9” Ryobi Band Saw with only a 3.5” Throat which I finally gave up on and turned to the Table Saw.

When I was finally throwing chips around at the lathe, I was thinking BOX, Huh this is going to take a second very closely centered face plate glue up, but I also kept thinking TOY.

Well, this is what I came up with. Let the top be a TOP, put a Ball in the Base that is hooked together with a string and let the FUN begin. The old Ball & Cup expanded!

The Object: Spin the Top, and then see how many times you can catch the Ball in the Cup before the Top stops spinning.
If nothing else I got some practice at round boxes and also found turning a perfectly round ball is tough! Also need a bigger Band Saw.
Check the link to see my Son put it in action! ” http://youtu.be/H8NIen2jKUE
Finished all with some Butcher Block Conditioner.
Thanks for looking.

-- Nick, Virginia, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NONICKSWOOD





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EarlS

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#1 posted 826 days ago

Very nice toy – simple and elegant!!! I wish I had a lathe and lots of wood to practice on.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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jim1953

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#2 posted 826 days ago

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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PASs

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#3 posted 826 days ago

VERY nice!!!

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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MShort

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#4 posted 826 days ago

Cool toy.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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BarbS

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#5 posted 826 days ago

A multi-tasking toy! That’s great, and you did a fine job on your box. Lookin’ good!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Darell

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#6 posted 826 days ago

OK, that goes on the to do list for sure. Great job and great idea.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 826 days ago

So creative a really neat design so well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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amagineer

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#8 posted 825 days ago

very creative and the wood grain is wonderful.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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nonickswood

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#9 posted 824 days ago

Thank you Everyone for your comments
and taking the time to look.

-- Nick, Virginia, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NONICKSWOOD

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