Spin Top and Base

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Project by BarbS posted 11-28-2012 02:57 PM 2270 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been making finger spin tops for some time, but a customer challenged me to add a base so I gave it a whirl. This set is made in Apricot, one of my favorite woods to turn. Subtly chatter-worked on the top, and grooved rings on the dished base, which is 3-1/2” d. The top is about 2-1/8”. Comments welcome!


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#1 posted 11-28-2012 03:02 PM

Nice! How was the chatter tool to work with? I haven’t tried one yet.

-- John

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 03:26 PM

Very nice I like the chatter details very good work you do Barb…are both peices Apricot?...I have never turned that looks like very fine grained….
Turner Jeff

-- Cosmicturner

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 03:36 PM

it sure looks good barbs

when i first read it
(at first sip of coffee)
the language made me wonder
if it was some secret code thing

i see now it is turner talk

i don’t need the decoder ring after all

the base is a nice thing
keeps the top from running all over the place
when it spins down

but you know kids
they will do it anywhere
just to chase it around gleefully

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 04:07 PM

Wow! that is really cool!
Looks very nice, great work!!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 04:52 PM

It sure looks fun! Beautiful.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 05:30 PM

Very nice BarBs!

The chatter pattern also looks Great!!

Does that pattern cause any sound while spinning?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 05:50 PM

I ike this one Barb, I have just made a couple of dozen more tops for the little cancer kids at our Starship Hospital here in Auckland, Hope you don’t mind if I pinch this idea from you it is fabulous :)

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

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 06:53 PM

Great idea Pete; turn away! Thanks for all the comments. The chatter tool gives a high-pitched squeal if it is working right. Chatter work makes a better pattern on end grain than face grain, so I had to give up on the base plate and just put grooves in it. Different wood densities show it off, some better than others. The best I’ve seen is Eastern Rock Maple, and this Apricot (both pieces) is tight grained and dense, but sometimes the pressure applied changes it, too. I guess what I’m saying is, results are a crapshoot! But you can try to cut it deeper and do it again.
When I get a really fine pattern without any tear out, it is a success.


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#9 posted 11-28-2012 09:56 PM

Masterly done!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 11-28-2012 09:57 PM

That’s a very elegant top, and I like the base idea.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#11 posted 11-29-2012 12:30 AM

Should be in the top three..
Love tops

-- Quicksilver

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#12 posted 11-29-2012 03:13 AM

Thanks, guys. I, too, do the Bonnie Klein tops, and have grandkids (from Silicon Valley no less) who spent hours one Christmas messing with their tops. They each have their Own IPad, but worked those little tops right side up, upside down and sideways. Their parents were amazed.


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#13 posted 11-29-2012 03:26 AM

These are great. Addictive to make also, everyone wants one. Have fun making and giving! Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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#14 posted 11-29-2012 03:33 AM

Congratulations on making the top three

-- Quicksilver

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#15 posted 11-29-2012 03:35 AM

I like it. I have plans for a Skittles game and this top would fit the bill. I like it. Good choice of wood.

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