Spinning Tops

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Project by Rick M. posted 10-29-2013 07:19 AM 1233 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from odd bits of scrap walnut and dowel. The discs are around an inch or so in diameter, 2 are finished with mineral oil and 2 with BLO. Tricky working on stuff this small even with midi size tools but it’s good practice. 3 of 4 spin nicely. The 4th (frontmost in top pic) broke off the lathe. I remounted and tried to save it but it just wobbles and falls over (not a Weeble).


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#1 posted 10-29-2013 03:17 PM

They look like a lot of fun to make. Good job.

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#2 posted 10-29-2013 03:30 PM

Cool Rick. Are they more fun making or to play with? Probably both.

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

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#3 posted 10-29-2013 04:05 PM

Don’t let scraps go to waste, good job and a good start on stocking stuffers!

I bet there easier to make on a lathe than a dell press and circle cutter!

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#4 posted 10-29-2013 04:40 PM

Like the mushroom shaped one!

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#5 posted 10-29-2013 06:23 PM

Thanks. It’s interesting how they spin. The first one I made, 2nd from front, left side, first pic, spins the truest but only spins about half as long as the others. 2 others wobble a bit but spin a long time. The 4th, the one that broke off the lathe, doesn’t spin at all right side up but turn it upside down and it spins just fine.


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#6 posted 10-29-2013 07:53 PM

love toy projects. this one is cool.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#7 posted 10-29-2013 08:18 PM

Nice toy. Like a lot.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 11-01-2013 02:23 PM

Fun and cute little spin tops! It brings back great memories. Well done!

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