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Project by vipond33 posted 10-25-2011 05:13 AM 6789 views 44 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very common design for a top but I tarted it up a little. Screws decorate the perimeter for a bit of flash and drilled holes make it whistle. The wood is bubinga with a maple axle.
It was easy to come in on time with the one day build budget (Lumberjock’s Scrappy 01 contest) so I set myself a material budget of a dollar – a dollar a day man I would be, circa 1911.
Well no matter how it was calculated the wood and string wouldn’t rise above 60 cents so I glued four Bluenose Canadian dimes to the perimeter and gave it a spin. On a hard flat surface it’ll coast along for a full two minutes, but launch it on a rough wooden floor and he’ll jump around like a drunken sailor, until the money runs out that is.

7 1/4” x 3 1/4” x 2 1/2”
About 3 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 10-25-2011 05:49 AM

Cool launcher…. I like the flash….This is a great challenge piece.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 10-25-2011 06:04 AM

Thank you for posting this, it is great idea and a nice execution of the design.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 07:04 AM

Cllo toy. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 10-25-2011 08:22 AM

Gene, this is a nice little design & package & totally foolproof, looks real “user friendly”, might just make one for old times sake, :: )))

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

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#5 posted 10-25-2011 01:44 PM

Very cool I like it. Great design and by the way I resemble that remark about a drunken salior LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 10-25-2011 01:52 PM

@peteg – Yeah but you’d lathe turn it with a hollow elliptical center in a wood I’ve never heard of and then put the whole contraption itself on a balancing stand that defies explanation – sheesh, no contest!

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 10-25-2011 01:59 PM

Sweet. Nice little toy. I like toys.
Maybe could do without all the bling. A fine bit of tackiness although.

The whistle part is really clever. Another idea from you that I want to build.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 10-25-2011 02:47 PM

I beg to differ, for this is exactly the sort of thing I would buy on shore leave. At least I didn’t get a tatt….OMG! what’s this?? a Double Tumble Mobius insignia with Salt Box inescutcheon!!

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#9 posted 10-25-2011 03:50 PM

That is a cool top. The dimes give it the weight on the outer diameter to keep it going. Nice project!!
Any special way you drilled the holes to make it whistle? I have been trying to figure that out for a big top I have designed.
thanks, Jim

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

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#10 posted 10-25-2011 09:58 PM

I love this one, does it then whistle? How is the design on that function? I would love to try and make a whistle top.
Way to go, and the coins made me smile.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 10-25-2011 11:49 PM

I like it. More bling….........

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 10-26-2011 01:04 AM

It looks good. Never heard of a whistling top.
Is the whistle-hole drilled all the way through the top?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#13 posted 10-26-2011 03:02 AM

Thanks everybody. To make the top whistle the air must get in over a sharp edge and then get out. Think of how a flute is made and used. Holes are drilled perpendicular to the rim and then new ones angled in (tangentially) to create that sharp edge as well as an entry ramp for the air. The depth of this hole, i.e. the size of the cavity, determines the pitch. Rotary tools are helpful in enlarging the interior air space. A hole through the top or bottom allows the air to escape. It’s a bit hit and miss unless you’re a physics major (and I’m not) but there is some help online. Practice on some poplar or pine, and remember to whistle while you work.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#14 posted 11-01-2011 07:43 PM

Tha’s such a wonderful idea. May have to do a couple for the holidays :-) Thanks for sharing.

-- Jerry

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#15 posted 11-01-2011 08:25 PM

I just saw you are the winner!
You deserve it with all your wonderful projects.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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