YoYo Presents

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Project by socrbent posted 12-15-2012 07:20 PM 1481 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a real learning experience. Used a 2 5/8” hole saw to cut out blanks. Then mounted on a spindle made from a 6”x1/4” bolt with head cut off mounted in a chuck. Two blanks were held in place by a mix of metal washers, nylon and wood spacers and a nut. A deep nut locked at end of spindle allowed me to anchor the other end in the tailstock live center. While on the spindle the blanks were smoothed, thickness set and the edges were rounded. Remounted each half on cole jaws to detail each face and balance weight of matching halves (found an inexpensive gram scale on internet to weight each half to the nearest tenth of a gram). Sanded on cole jaws and spindle to 320. Applied 2 coats of tung oil and waxed. Mounted on a maple 1/4” axle with 1/8” gap.

The protoype would not return, just went down and ‘slept’ (spun). Brian Havens indicated that you needed to create some side friction to cause string to start wrapping, so I used a knife to score the wood near the axle. This did the trick.

The halves are just force fit on the axle right now to allow for width adjustment.

Woods left to right:
Back row – Cherry, Padauk, Purple Heart, Bocote
Front row – Walnut, Zebra Wood, Walnut, Walnut (prototype

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 11:54 PM

Great job, I like the cherry one best

-- polecat, south alabama

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 01:45 AM

Man you have nice yo-yo’s. I built one not too long ago. I found out that my gap between the two sides was too big, had to cut the spindle shorter. Here's a video that I made about building mine

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 06:50 AM

Wow with all those woods and designs that puts a whole new spin on things.
Great job.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 01:38 PM

Those are really cool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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