String tops for Christmas stockings

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 210 days ago 702 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ancient tops with modern materials. Bob. December 15, 2013

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 210 days ago

Wonderful Bob. Great looking, like an army of fighter tops. Where did you get the brass points? And how good are you at getting them to spin?


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#2 posted 210 days ago

Looks like Christmas morning will be filled with fun!
Merry Christmas, Bob, to you and your family.

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#3 posted 210 days ago

Those are really cool!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 210 days ago

Hi mike,

The buttons, string, rubber O-rings and brass tips are available at, down in Texas. These are fast and easy to make. Finish is EEE polish and turners finish from Mylands.

It takes a few times to get the hang of throwing them, there are lots of videos on youtube on how to do it.

At this point , I’m getting pretty good at throwing them. Give them a try. Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 210 days ago

I love what you did with the tops. Brings back memories. Only they didn’t look that good 50 years ago. Well done.

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

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#6 posted 210 days ago

Nice top designs, Bob. Did you dye the wood yourself, or buy it dyed?

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#7 posted 209 days ago

These will make wonderful stocking stuffers and great gifts as well. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 209 days ago

Don and others. You can buy this type of wood at woodcraft under the name Sprectrawood. Also sold at the woodworking shows by Ron Brown.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 206 days ago

Beautiful and fun tops! Like the colors and shapes. They make great Christmas presents. Great job!

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#10 posted 202 days ago

Great looking tops. I’ve tried making several for my classroom, but none were stable spinners. Any advice would be appreciated.

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