|Project by Brian Havens||posted 12-14-2012 08:16 AM||1500 views||10 times favorited||15 comments|
It is that time again; time to make Christmas gifts for the kids. These are made from a kit that features a bering on the axle. It takes a little practice, but the bering make it much easier to to tricks.
In addition to getting Christmas gifts out of the way, I found this to be a great skill building exercise for several reasons. It may seem like it would get a little boring making ten of the same thing, but consider:
- A yoyo requires you to make two identical parts
- Not only will you have to make two identical parts, but also, you will have to turn one to the left and one to the right.
- Making the same cuts over and over builds muscle memory. I find this key to developing consistent tool control
- Making the same item in different wood species lets you compare the nuances of how different woods behave.
Photo #2 Purpleheart / Morado
Photo #3 Zebrawood / Quartersawn White Oak
Photo #4 Redheart / Paduk
Photo #5 Callery Pear / Leopardwood
Photo #6 Jatoba / Curly Maple
Just a side note, There is one very important last step when making these, a crucial step that was omitted from the instructions: Hide them from the grown-ups till Christmas! LOL
-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com