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A friend’s 3 year old son has been diagnosed with a pancreas condition and may be in the hospital for up to three weeks. I know no three year old boy that wants to sit still so hopefully this top will help him out.

I saw a somewhat similar top made of plastic and figured with a couple changes, I could make one on the lathe. Took a bit longer than expected as I had to turn a second top as the stem was a little too narrow for the hole needed for the string. It’s all made of walnut and is about 7” long. Thanks for looking, and throw some positive thoughts Tate’s way! Thanks guys and gals!


-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#1 posted 413 days ago

Looks like a great toy, I know he will enjoy, Positive thoughts going out to little Tate

-- hotrodjohn, colorado

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#2 posted 413 days ago

Great top,for a great cause. Hope he feels better soon.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#3 posted 412 days ago

Beautifully made! The spirit put into this alone will be more than any plastic store bought toy could do!
Best wishes and happy positive vibes for Tate and the family!

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#4 posted 412 days ago

That’s a great design for a top and I’ll bet that it was a lot of fun to make. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 412 days ago

Sweet, my grandpa (the man responsible for getting me hooked on woodworking) made a bunch of these for us kids many a year ago. Really close to this design too. Thanks for sharing and bringing back such a great memory.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 412 days ago

Best wishes for Tate! The top is beautiful.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#7 posted 406 days ago

Wonderful and fun toy, like the design and the walnut. I’m sure the boy will like it. Prayers and thoughts for him and the family.

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