Toy Project Wooden Tops Have Fascinated Children Down Through The Ages With Their Mystifying Ability To Defy The Laws Of Gravity Who Knew That Physics Could Be So Much Fun
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Turning Classic Tops Illustration by Rick Campbell To make your own handcrafted tops all you need is a lathe, a few scraps of wood, and some spare time.Be forewarned though, making and spinning these marvelous toys can become addictive.
Spin Into Action Get started by preparing a blank that is at least 6' long and 2' square.Any wood you find lying around the shop will do but dense species, like hard maple, work best.If you don't have 2' stock in your scrap bin, laminate thinner boards together.
When the blank is ready, locate and mark the centre point on each end by scribing diagonal lines from corner to corner (photo 1).Before you mount the stock between the lathe centres, take the time to chamfer the edges using the tablesaw with the blade tilted 45 degrees (photo 2).
Removing this waste material now will reduce vibration and save time at the lathe.With the lathe turning at a slow speed, use a large gouge to rough out a cylinder that is approximately 1 ¾' in diameter along the entire length (photo 3).
When this is done, mark the locations for the stem and body sections on the blank by touching a pencil to the rotating...