Spinning throw top toy for Christmas present

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Project by Scott posted 11-20-2013 06:17 PM 2062 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This throw top is made from sapele, and is 2 1/4” in diameter and 3 inches long (not including the tip). I made it similar to a vintage top that I saw online. I made the green stripe with a colored pencil while it was still on my treadle lathe, although a marker would work well too. I wanted a tip that is fairly soft so it won’t damage the floor, so I got a driveway reflective marker which is about 3 feet long and the post is 1/4” diameter fiberglass. I used a file to get the point. The string is about 60 inches long, and it needs to be a fairly large diameter, otherwise it won’t put enough spin on the top, because the wraps won’t go up high enough on the top.

To make it go, just insert the loop around your middle finger, hold it upside down in your hand, then throw it towards the floor. It takes a few throws to get the technique.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 07:23 PM

I grew up playing with throw tops; we used to play a game called Keep-top.
They’re a fun toy—guess I should make some of these.

Nice job.

-- Gary, Florida

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 07:44 PM

Cool project ,nice work.

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 07:53 PM

Gotta make one of these! Thanks for sharing with us, great project.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 09:14 PM

I grew up making spinning tops but never learned to throw a throw top.
Still paying physically for playing basketball. Wasted youth.
Great work

-- Quicksilver

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 12:22 AM

I too used to play tops all the time when I was a kid. It was always so much fun. I was the best topper in the neighborhood. Nice job and thanks for bringing those memories back to me.

-- tel

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 01:09 AM

Neat, I need to make some again.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 02:56 AM

Count me in. I too grew up with these tops. We called the game keep the kettle going. Will definitely be making one. Thanks for making me feel young again.

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

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 05:21 PM

It looks great, like the shape. I used to play with it, it brings back great and fun memories. Great job!

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