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shoplessturner

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1646 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning toy

Hello, this is my fist post in forums so hopefully this is in the right category. I need information or tips for making a toy called Kendama. For those who don’t know it is similar to a ball and cup toy. I am positive they are made using a lathe which I have, but I need specific measurements. All help will be greatly appreciated.

-- Kelly, Nashville


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Waldschrat

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#1 posted 1646 days ago

is that the toy where the ball is conected to a string?

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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KnotWright

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#2 posted 1646 days ago

Kelly, I think its pretty much up to you as far as the dimensions go for your Kendama, seems like they come in all sizes depending on who’s making them.

http://kendamaspot.com/info/parts-of-the-kendama/

I’m sure you’ve already found this site, but it does have a lot of good information about this, but again, no definite measurements for the toy.

Look forward to seeing how your design turns out.

-- James

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Glen Peterson

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#3 posted 1646 days ago

I lived in Japan for several years many years ago. I’ve never thought about making a kendama, but I have one and play wityh it once in a while. There are very specific sizes for kendama used in competition. A google searchg will get you to many kendama societies. The URL for the Japanese association is: http://www.kendamakyokai.com/index_english.html
I’d love to know what you learn as I wouldn’t mind turning a kendama for myself someday.

-- Glen

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jaedwards575

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#4 posted 1646 days ago

I believe the the the regulation dimensions are 1.5 links long by 0.5 links wide (for the cups) and weigh no more than three scruples. In other words I have no idea.

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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shoplessturner

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#5 posted 1646 days ago

Thanks for the help everyone. I’ll have to check out these sites.

-- Kelly, Nashville

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 1646 days ago

jaedwards are those World Cup rules or Olympic ;-)

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jaedwards575

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#7 posted 1645 days ago

Actually Mark, they are the Scotch-Romanian rules. World Cup and Olympic both use the outdated metric system.

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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rar

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#8 posted 1471 days ago

I also am planning to turn a Kendama, have drawn dimensioned plans, now trying to figure out best way to turn (especially ball recesses). Any ideas appreciated.
Unable to add the cad file or a pdf print but if you email a request I can send a copy.
rar

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rar

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#9 posted 1471 days ago

OOPs, forgot to put in my email. rar695@live.com

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