Veneer Plywood Spinners......

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Project by JL7 posted 07-06-2017 11:08 PM 2360 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just had to jump on the band wagon and build a few spinners.

Started out as solid wood (Pic 6) and evolved into these hybrid homemade veneer plywood things. No CNC involved, but did eventually use one of the cheap store bought spinner as a pattern. The trick is to achieve balance, which is not easy to do with wood and and a drill press…......

Video here, but it’s probably to long to bear…..sorry!

Pic 5 shows the pre-gluing process and the press used to make the blanks.

I just figure that the plywood versions will be more stable over time. They are 10-12 plys each, with alternating grain and they are super durable.

May try turning my own center caps in the future…...we’ll see.

Probably a useless project, but fun and they are a bit addicting…..and people want to buy them, so I don’t show them off too much…..this batch will go to the kids (well, young adults…) and a few friends.

The center bearings are the full ceramic versions and they really spin!

Thanks for looking…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 07-06-2017 11:39 PM

I have resisted any temptation to make these. Yours look cool though.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-06-2017 11:51 PM

That’s great! My son loves these things. If you look around online there are lots of people making them and they are actually selling, so if the time involved wasn’t too bad, you should definitely consider it!

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.

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#3 posted 07-07-2017 12:11 AM

cool video, Jeff

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 07-07-2017 01:05 AM

That’s great Jeff! The boys loved the video. Now I need to know what bearings you used.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 07-07-2017 01:28 AM

Thanks folks, appreciate the comments!

Paul, there is no question people will buy these…..but these have $18-$20 worth of hardware on them and with the time involved they are $40 (or more?) spinners. So many have asked to buy, I just haven’t thrown out the price, and probably won’t.

Bill, these are the bearings: click – the price fluctuates a bit, I paid $8.88, now they’re a bit more…..I think the boys would like them…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 07-07-2017 02:30 AM

I just ordered bearings and buttons. I went for the 188’s….a bit cheaper. It says 1/2” OD. I hope that’s true. I didn’t want to have to buy a 22mm forstner bit.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 07-07-2017 02:40 AM

Hey Bill, the 1/2” is correct. Only downside if you use them as the outside “weight” bearings, they won’t have much ummph…they are also thinner….in pic 6, the one in the front has the R188 in it.

You can however cheat on the outside bearings and use a 7/8” forstner, and the “cheap” 608 bearings, just need a wrap or 2 or masking tape to fill the gap….you can get the cheap bearings for 2 bits or so…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 07-07-2017 01:25 PM

You did a nice job on these. The kids can do all of the fidgeting that the want to with these.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 07-07-2017 01:38 PM

Dang Jeff, you make the good stuff bud. Well done!

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#10 posted 07-07-2017 10:26 PM

Nice job & detailed explanation how you made the spinners Jeff. and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 07-08-2017 01:45 AM

thats putting a spin on it ,great job on em

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 07-08-2017 12:42 PM

Very nice leyers. I see they speen very fast!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 07-08-2017 09:09 PM

Great video and explanation of your process, Jeff! The layers look cool!

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 07-11-2017 09:40 PM

Spin on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 04-17-2018 09:22 PM

WOW lots of work

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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