How to Turn a Spinning Top

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 291 days ago 1463 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks back, I visited professional turner and instructor Matt Monaco’s shop in Phoenix, AZ. I was there to film a segment for a recent Wood Whisperer Guild project but Matt also offered to show us how he turns a spinning top in under ten minutes! He does it all with a roughing gouge and a skew chisel.

During the little interview section at the end, Matt mentions a turning tool company that he really believes in. Here’s the link in case you want to check them out: Thompson Tools

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#1 posted 291 days ago

Very cool! I just turned my first two tops out of walnut last night. Didn’t look as nice but they ‘work’!

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#2 posted 290 days ago

Nice way to put a spin on things.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 290 days ago

Unbelievable how quick and efficient he is!

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#4 posted 285 days ago

I quit smoking by turning and using the tops I made almost 5 years ago I still enjoy making them.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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