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Blog entry by Dave Owen posted 11-29-2011 09:42 PM 2251 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Calling this a woodworking project would be a gross overstatement, but if you’d like to bring a smile to the face of your own – or other children, it doesn’t get much quicker or easier than this.

The photo below shows a few of the two dozen or so small tops I made from wheels and dowels ‘left-over’ from the small race cars I made for our club’s Christmas toy drive.

They could be made any number of ways, but here’s how I did it. I chucked a dowel into my portable drill that was snug – but not tight – in the 1-1/2” wheels. Then, with a wheel in place, I used ‘Sharpie’ pins to apply a circular pattern to a spinning wheel.

I chose dowels that were snug enough to require hammering into the wheels – cut them into 3” lengths – and spun them against a moving sanding belt to put a point on one end. After applying a touch of glue to the hole in the wheel, I hammered the point about 5/16” beyond the bottom of the wheel.

Finally, I cut the back end of the dowel off an inch or so above the top of the wheel – sanded it off, and touched up the end with the Sharpies. The reason for the excess length on the dowels is so I can cut off the drill’s chuck marks.

These tops will spin anywhere from about forty-five seconds to a minute and a half – and the kids love them.

-- Dave O.

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#1 posted 11-29-2011 09:47 PM

Nice projects.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 11-29-2011 09:50 PM

Very cool Dave ,lots of fun .


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#3 posted 11-29-2011 10:40 PM

My son loves tops and I have been trying to think of a easy way to make some. Thanks for the great ideas.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 11-29-2011 11:17 PM

Nice idea! Thanks for posting.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#5 posted 11-30-2011 12:19 AM


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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