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Project by nonickswood posted 12-08-2012 01:35 PM 3460 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bouncing around the web one day I found a somewhat incomplete drawing for these silly things. They Flip Upside-down when Spinning. So I re-drew it in Sketch Up to Scale, so I could pull-in some of the missing dimension.

Turned this out of Mahogany between centers. Broke two when I was nearly finished with them – I guess the third times a Charm. I kept thinking this would be much easier with a Chuck and a Drill Chuck on tail stock end. Someday! still Fun and a challenge to turn, for me anyhow!

Here’s a short Video even has Christmas music just by Chance.

If any one wants the Drawing you can find it here, Tippe Top Album
Thanks for looking.
Happy Turning!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 01:56 PM

That is really cool, Nick. That is really cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I need to make some toys for a couple of little boys in Az when we get there and they would be great.
Thanks for the drawing. I printed it out and added it to my favorites. It looks like you have a little radius on the top so it is not straight flat across the end of the handle like the drawing. do you find that is necessary to make them work well?


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

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 02:06 PM

Thanks for sharing, these will make a great stocking stuffer!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 12-08-2012 02:15 PM

Jim, When I first finished it. It had a definite point on end of stem, but it seemed a little long, it would not flip over, so i shortened the stem by sanding it down some which flattened it out some, but now it seems to work pretty well.
Kind of temperamental little things! Your release has a lot to do with it, has to stay centered if it skids away, it loses all it’s energy and will not flip over.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#4 posted 12-08-2012 02:38 PM

Cool, thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 12-08-2012 05:21 PM

Looks like a fun project .

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 03:33 AM

i cheated. i used 1 1/2 inch maple balls i bought in a craft store. ripped a very narrow piece of sandpaper and taped the ends together. slid this over the ball and mounted it in a 4 jaw chuck. drilled the center hole with forstner bit held in chuck in tail stock, then drilled the hole for the handle. glued short piece on maple dowel in and turned the end round, and cut off 5/8 from top of opening. they work fine, just finicky

-- wiser1934, new york

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#7 posted 12-09-2012 06:37 AM

That’s a good one
Thanks for the dimensions.

-- Quicksilver

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#8 posted 12-09-2012 12:12 PM

wiser1934; While I was busy Breaking the first two, I knew your method would work Someday I Might have a 4 jaw chuck.

Thanks for Looking Everyone!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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