Woodturning A Toy Top

We have a toy top made by my wife’s grandfather, James McCombe. I wanted to try to remake it as it is all woodturned. It consists of a top, a handle, and a string to pull. I started by putting together a two and a half inch square piece of wood built up from two pieces of walnut and two pieces of cherry. This formed a simple checker board pattern in section. I drilled a hole for my screw chuck to hold this piece on the lathe. This became the body of the top. I turned an axel for the top that fits in the hole I drilled for the screw chuck. Next, I turned the handle out of walnut. I drilled a hole in the handle to house the string for the top and a hole for the top’s spindle. I sanded everything to a polished finish with 500 grit sandpaper. The top works great, but really no better than the original.

27 ответов на “Woodturning A Toy Top”

  1. Hello good night or good morning. 
    I am Brazilian, and I write you from Brazil to congratulate you for the work performed and posted. 
    Here in Brazil, I have specialized in residential and commercial joinery designed furniture. 
    I like to see how your work to relax. 
    This type of work do you do it a lot less stressful. 

  2. The ultimate tip on making it spin longer is to spin it once on a fine sandpaper (spin it on the sandpaper, as you would on the ground). Somehow it will get more centered and therefore spin longer.

  3. I've been making tops as a way to get my lathe skills up. I've made 7 of various sizes. I made them with the stem in one piece. I use my fingers to spin them and the smaller ones are easier but the bug ones if you get them going spin longer (more mass). I remember as a kid having a string to throw them with. I never thought of this way though.

  4. I may have to take a crack at this. That thing looks really cool! I just got done making a few of what most of us would call a top (no string and handle), and they work pretty good but I would love to try one of this type! I will def save your video for reference!

  5. I did a simpler version, handle made from beech wood (scrap 7/8" thick floor material) and for the top I got a pack of small wooden wheels from Hobby Lobby and some 3/8 oak dowel rod from Home Depot. The top spins for a minute or more each time. I put a half round brass tack (Home Depot) on the bottom of each top dowel, it gives a durable low friction surface.

    My next project is to try and make a small helicopter blade to use with the small pull string handle. I'll let you know how that turns out.

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