42 Tops

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-09-2021 12:20 AM 838 views 0 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used to have a few tops along at shows to give to the kids but they are all gone. So, while I don’t have any projects in the shop, I pulled some scraps out of the burn barrel and got as many tops as I could out of the turned out to be 42. The wood is cherry, Osage orange, sycamore and mesquite. I tried to make every one a little different so no 2 are exactly the same. Turning the shafts on them is like production and I don’t like production, but cutting the shapes on the bottom was all fun.

They will be unfinished and I’ll put my name on each one for advertising.

I used my Southbend metal lathe collets ( that I adapted to the Nova lathe) to hold them for turning the bottoms.. They run really true.

Cheers, Jim

I have a set of collets from Penn State and they have a wider range but are not as true as the Southbend ones.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-09-2021 12:58 AM

Very cool Jim. I’d say those are business card worth keeping!

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#2 posted 11-09-2021 01:02 AM

Nice turning Jim – kinda neat non-production turning

-- 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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#3 posted 11-09-2021 01:03 AM

Great idea Jim…Glad to see you can put that many out without too much trouble…I’m sure they are really popular…Great promotional…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 11-09-2021 01:04 AM

Neat little finger tops Jim, and wow what a run. Just being from the scrap bin makes them better too. I bet they would make some good advertisement.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 11-09-2021 01:31 AM

damn jim you do more in between projects than i do projects-lol. cool stuff my friend.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 11-09-2021 02:21 AM

Nice variety of tops Jim! Kids love tops! Me too!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 11-09-2021 02:27 AM

Great work, Jim! Sounds like you’ve got a pretty good setup for cranking these out. I don’t need any more projects, but I might have to try turning some tops just to see…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 11-09-2021 02:57 AM

How to keep a child babysat for 10 hours? Give him a box of 42 tops.

Awesome Jim.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 11-09-2021 06:49 AM

Very productive free time, good for all kifs..!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-09-2021 11:58 AM

That is an impressive count. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 11-09-2021 01:05 PM

Nice Work Jim, they’re sure to be enjoyed!
My Dad had a South Bend Lathe… That name is to Lathes, what Bridgeport is to Milling, top quality!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 11-09-2021 01:43 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. the bigger ones run better than the small ones. You have to have any of them really vertical when released to work.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 11-09-2021 02:16 PM

Nice tops Jim. That’s a great promotion when selling things to families. Like JRsgarage it like having business cards.

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

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#14 posted 11-09-2021 03:50 PM

They’ll make great little gifts, Jim!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 11-09-2021 05:13 PM

i used to make tops. the kids were fascinated with them at the shows. i really had fun with the tippy tops. everyone tried to make them turn over and turn on end..

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