INCENTIVE TOYS, 3 tops, one spins for 3 minutes.

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Project by bushmaster posted 04-28-2018 03:01 AM 6739 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A month ago I had the sermon at church, to involve two small boys more, I told them if they would listen and mark on a piece of paper any time The HOLY SPIRIT was mentioned and give it to me after I would make them something and give it to them next week. I thought of toy cars but came up with these tops instead. The story was one of the most fascinating stories I have ever heard. It can be viewed and listened to with the following link. You will enjoy it, everyone here did and no one complained or fell asleep. A good story stays with you.

I had never made tops before and I was anxious to try my hand at it, I wanted to play with them myself. Since I needed two I just made them by using one piece of wood.

Later I found out I couldn’t have too much bulky wood below the out rim, It would just turn on its side, not good. One I had to modify

Turned the shaft accurately to size with the metal lathe. Just need to cut it in half now. Next was to lathe the handle part, leaving one end rectangular to drill the hole for the shaft and a slot for the string, Drilled the hole with a forester bit, it gives a nice smooth surface so the top will spin freely.

two handles and two tops, Could hardly wait to try them out.

That Was fun and I thought they would enjoy them. something you can’t by at any store. well I decided to make one for myself. How could I make it better and spin longer. Well if I added metal to the out side that should give it more momentum. I found a piece of water pipe and proceeded to cut a metal ring, then made a new top to just fit on the inside of the ring, the wood shrank overnight in the house so epoxy fixed that. That gave me a spin of up to 3 minutes.

Now was the challenge to getting all three spinning

After all that I am still topless. That week I told their mother if they went up for story hour I would give them a special bonus. now they have three tops and I am topless. I have given them another option, go up 4 weeks for the chrildrens story hour in a row and they will get a new toy.

Shop work is tapering off as I have other things to do on my acreage now that the snow is has melted, one being a complete rebuild and refurbishing of my atv, getting ready for more mountain trips.

Thanks for looking, Hope not too many of you are going topless. comments appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 04-28-2018 03:04 AM

That brings back some memories. I had a top like that at my grandmother’s house when I was a kid. I played with that thing for hours!

-- Elroy

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Orvile Baker

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#2 posted 04-28-2018 03:08 AM

I enjoyed the story and the tops are real nice.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI.

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#3 posted 04-28-2018 03:19 AM

Those tops are more fun than a barrel of Monkey’s, nice job, and thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 04-28-2018 04:25 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Also! Thanks for Posting Brian!

Regards Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 04-28-2018 06:09 AM

TOP tops Brian… Thank you for the video link!!

Good luck with the ATV rebuild and enjoy the lack of that cold, wet white stuff…

PS – Getting cold here at it’s our Autumn [Fall]; night to 14deg”C” and days in the low to mid 20’s….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 04-28-2018 06:59 AM

I realy like wooden toys -those look like true fun.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 04-28-2018 07:20 AM

- bushmaster

Almost done? :)

Thanks for the nice strory.


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#8 posted 04-28-2018 09:16 AM
Might be helpful or inspirational.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 04-28-2018 09:41 AM

Nice story, nice toys, and everybody is busy. that is something very precious. Well done my friend.

-- andrek

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#10 posted 04-28-2018 12:42 PM

Brian thanks for sharing that story and great job on the tops i’m sure the boys got something out of it like i did


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#11 posted 04-28-2018 01:15 PM

That story is a sermon in itself. Nice job with the tops.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 04-28-2018 03:23 PM

Now Brian adds a new title too—TOP-MASTER!

Neat and intriguing as always.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#13 posted 04-28-2018 05:55 PM

Tops are awesome

Tops were the thing as were marble when I was a kid.


You were encouraged to take them to school

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 04-28-2018 09:45 PM

Lovely story Brian, looks like you have a bit more work on the ATV compared to the tops ;)



-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 04-28-2018 10:53 PM

Nice job on the tops, they’ll probably spin longer than you may think

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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