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post #1 of 7 Old 04-18-2010, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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I like the tops that were posted so I thought I would post some of mine. If you can open with something like MGI you can enlarge and see more detail. I haven't posted for quite some time so I needed to start a new thread to post my tops. Mitch
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Those are really cool. Nice work. Do you sell them, give them as gifts, or just collect?






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Those are sweet. Which one is your best performer?

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Thanks Cabinetman. I started making them for my grandchildren, then all friends and their kids. Surprisingly the adults like them as much as the kids.I would never try selling something that only takes me about 5 minutes to make. Turning these simple things is a great stress reliever for me. Mitch
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I tried a couple to give to my grandbabies. How is the best method to get a decent point on the bottoms?
Have you tried making the kind you throw with a string?
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I found the easiest way to make a good point is to make your wood round to the diameter you want it then, instead of cutting on an angle, I cut straight down several times untill there is sort of a dowel on the bottom of the wood, about 1/4' long. then , at this point , cut down hill from the dowel down to the tip for as long as you want the tip to be.
I saw a few devices that look easy enough to make to throw tops with a string but never cared to make any. I usually turn some small dishes with flat bottoms for some younger kids so they can contain the tops better than throwing on the table.The key for success is to spin on a level surface. Mitch
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Hey Gary, nice tops. I make the point on most of my tops by working the bottom of the top down to a sharp point, then I round that down just a little during sanding. I end up with a piont that's sharp enough to spin well, but not so sharp that it mushrooms when it hits the table when spun.

I made a few throw tops for a friend last Christmas based on these instructions. I bought a bag of plastic tips here. Here are some
of how to use a throw top. (After I made the first one, I spent an hour trying to use it! )
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