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Toy Top's for the Grandkids

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Project by woodshaver posted 02-14-2013 12:16 AM 2403 views 38 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two simple top’s made with Walnut and Maple with lacquer finish.
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-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!





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Rockbuster

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 12:37 AM

Pretty fancy there Tony, good marriage between the woods. Have you timed them to see how long they will spin? My guess, about 3 min. Are you going to try any like we talked about?

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 01:03 AM

These look great. I need to try your model.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Eric in central Florida

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 01:03 AM

Tony,
I saw you Band Saw Dowel Jig and just came in from making one.
It works like a charm.
Now, I think I’m going to have to get busy on some of these cool tops.
Thanks a bunch Tony !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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woodshaver

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 01:18 AM

Thanks Rockbuster, hunter71 and Woodwrecker
I made all the dowels for these tops the that dowel maker! So cool, so easy too!

Rockbuste,
I did a test and I only got 1 minute of spin time. Our twin grandkids are only 4 1/2 so this should keep them busy for a while. I made 6 in all so mom and dad or some of their friends can play along with them. I decide not to go with the ideas we talked about because it could be a choking issue. Someday when they get older I’ll glue some goofy stuff to a top and give it cool look!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 01:37 AM

Great toys and you did a great job on these!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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ldl

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 02:32 AM

Good job on the tops.

I got three GS that would enjoy these. Gona have to make three now.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 02-14-2013 03:10 AM

Great tops, One minute!!!!!!!!!! I have to make one this way….......Jim

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

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Rockbuster

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#8 posted 02-14-2013 03:30 AM

Tony, Some friends of mine were making spin tops on another site some time ago, but I also think that they were making a little dish like holder that tapered down towards the center, and they would spin the tops in these, that might account for how they got them to spin for 3 min.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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woodshaver

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#9 posted 02-14-2013 04:38 AM

Don,
Funny that you say that. Because I had that same thought tonigh. And after I thought it I grabbed a dish from the cabinet and spun the top in the dish. I didn’t time but I tried sping two tops in the dinner plate to see what would happen. I was WAR! and one top knocked the other one clear out of the dish! This should be fun for the kids to do. I’ll try a spoon next! :)

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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stefang

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#10 posted 02-14-2013 11:16 AM

Beautiful Tony. Very nice design and well made. I like this design because I think the smaller kids can use it easier with the handle, and the bigger kids (like us) can get it to spin a long time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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woodshaver

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#11 posted 02-14-2013 11:58 AM

Thank you for the nice comments!

stefang,
Yes! Our grandkids are only 4 1/2 years old and they were born premature so they are small for their age. Littlle hands, I had that in mind when I made these tops. They live in North Carolina 10 hours from us. So I won’t be able to play with them. Maybe this summer! If they lived closer I would have them helping Grandpa in the shop! :)

Sorry for all my spelling mistakes! it’s my Dyslexia problem at work! I need to slow down a bit and try to get that right too! My wife is always correcting me! Glad she does that for me.

I’ll be taking a short trip today to deliver the bell mount I made for our son in law. So I’ll be out of the shop for a few days.
Happy Vanities Day everyone!
Tony

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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cosmicturner

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#12 posted 02-14-2013 02:29 PM

Nice work Tony now you have me thinking tops…big tops…lol what is more fun than a big Top!....I could watch them forever spinning and bouncing…I was obsessed as a kid with tops…first the toys type then the others, both kinds are incredibly fun to play with.
Thanks for sharing my friend

-- Cosmicturner

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woodshaver

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#13 posted 02-14-2013 03:04 PM

Jeffrey,
I can’t wait to see your “Big Top” I think we are in for a real treat! This sounds like Big Boy fun!
I had to scrap my original idea with the tops for our 4 year old grandkids. I was going to put Irwin miter saw Laser guides in them but the warning said eye danger all over the instructions. So I just made simple tops for them.
Thanks for the complimnet’s!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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ohwoodeye

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#14 posted 02-14-2013 03:07 PM

These look fun to pull but look like a pain to wind up. If I make one for my high-maintenanced daughter I can already hear her…....Daddy, will you wind this up for me….....over and over again.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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woodshaver

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#15 posted 02-14-2013 03:29 PM

ohwoodeye,
I’m not sure how old your daughter is but think of it this way, It improves motor skills! It’s fun, and you can teach her! :)

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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