Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: central Illinois
Yea, a FHZ in osage orange. I wish I could remember that forum where the guys helped me so much, like I said it's been years. There was an older guy there who had an enormous collection of old-new yo's and he was a wooden yo-yo maker, he made beautiful ones. That is a copy of his FHZ with the caps. Like I said those guys sent me dozens of their yo's to play with/take apart and salvage parts. Pro Jam, Freehand, FHZ, Buzz-on...
You mentioned RTV. I do remember that being recommended. I did that, use the lathe to cut a receiving groove to give it more to stick to. And experimented with rubber o-rings glued in the same type of groove.
As far as wood dryness, just normal dry wood like you would use for any project. I found the heavier the wood the better, osage being heavy was good.
I was up to speed on yo-yo lingo at the time, but have slept since then and forgot some of it. The thing about those kits you are looking at the wood is reversible once you build it. So you can have a 2-way. I found they worked decent assembled traditionally like in the last picture I posted with the red one, or in just a minute you can flip it inside out and make a playable butterfly type.
Have fun and post some pictures once you come up with something.