Throw Tops

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Project by blmac4 posted 02-25-2022 04:19 PM 809 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Latest project from the shop. For those of us under 60, you probably have no idea what these are or how to use them, but, when we were kids growing up and our Mom’s told us to get our butts outside and go play, these are one of the things we played with, even having battles with them. Probably would not meet OSHA guidlines today. The wood is Spectraply from Cousineau and the tip is African Blackwood

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#1 posted 02-25-2022 04:24 PM

Had a few of these as a kid. Harder to spin than one might think. Nice looking. Have fun, you need more than one.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 02-25-2022 05:08 PM

That’s a beut.
What height and diameter, the first few I made were all too big.
If your spindle doesn’t last, I made mine from shortened double headed nails with the top head cut off and those worked well.
Made from ply it would be hard for another kid to split which was a challenge when I was a kid.
How does the hollowed top affect the throw?
Again, mighty nice top.

Be well,

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#3 posted 02-26-2022 12:39 AM

That is pretty, great colors, well done.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#4 posted 02-26-2022 02:52 AM

I really like that top, cool look.
Im 41, but when I was 20 I lived in Peru for a few years. All the kids played with those. The game the kids played, you had to pick up the top while spinning and hit the other top across a line. If you missed your top went on the ground, and who evers top got knocked across the line usually got their top broken in half. So I went and got one and taught myself to through it. I get to the point that I could through one and whip it back before it reached the end of the string, then catch it spinning in my hand.
I think I still have a couple laying around.

-- Ty

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