String tops for Christmas stockings

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 12-16-2013 01:27 AM 1517 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ancient tops with modern materials. Bob. December 15, 2013

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 01:33 AM

Wonderful Bob. Great looking, like an army of fighter tops. Where did you get the brass points? And how good are you at getting them to spin?


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#2 posted 12-16-2013 01:37 AM

Looks like Christmas morning will be filled with fun!
Merry Christmas, Bob, to you and your family.

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 02:19 AM

Those are really cool!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 02:26 AM

Hi mike,

The buttons, string, rubber O-rings and brass tips are available at, down in Texas. These are fast and easy to make. Finish is EEE polish and turners finish from Mylands.

It takes a few times to get the hang of throwing them, there are lots of videos on youtube on how to do it.

At this point , I’m getting pretty good at throwing them. Give them a try. Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 03:21 AM

I love what you did with the tops. Brings back memories. Only they didn’t look that good 50 years ago. Well done.

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 11:28 AM

Nice top designs, Bob. Did you dye the wood yourself, or buy it dyed?

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 03:47 PM

These will make wonderful stocking stuffers and great gifts as well. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 12-17-2013 03:26 AM

Don and others. You can buy this type of wood at woodcraft under the name Sprectrawood. Also sold at the woodworking shows by Ron Brown.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 12-19-2013 04:37 PM

Beautiful and fun tops! Like the colors and shapes. They make great Christmas presents. Great job!

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 03:54 AM

Great looking tops. I’ve tried making several for my classroom, but none were stable spinners. Any advice would be appreciated.

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