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It seems to me that a wood top design that concentrates the mass near the rim of a disk like the flywheel on the old hit and miss engines or early John Deere tractors would maximize spin time. A lot of wood tops I have seen have bulb shapes not discs. Anyone have knowledge or experience on this topic?

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#1 posted 350 days ago

By my limited experience with tops, the bulb type is best spun by a string of sorts, and the flywheel types are spun by the fingers. Of course, the finger method would have to done with a smaller top.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#2 posted 349 days ago

I have turned several different shape tops and fun to turn. Never had the urge to turn those tops you need string to play. Hardest style for me to turn has been tippy tops. Have turn too many one & two piece tops to count. Find a style or shape top you like and turn them.

Can find lots of how to turn different style tops here:

-- Bill

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