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This instructable will show you how to make a top that spins on the tip of your finger. I used a shopsmith 10er that I got off craiglist but this can ...
The main and most obvious tool is the lathe, you'll also need a couple different chisels for the lathe, a faceplate for the lathe, a hot glue gun with...
Start by screwing your large piece of wood into the faceplate then mount it on your lathe. Then you want to roughly true up the piece and face it off ...
Put the faceplate back on your lathe, this is done differently depending on the lathe, on mine you simple tighten an Allen screw. Then set your tool r...
Turn up the speed about 1200 rpm or medium speed, this makes it easier to remove more material and achieve a better finish. Here you just remove a sm...
The idea of this step is the lower the center of gravity below the balance point. To do this we make a fairly thick ring at the bottom of the top and ...
At the same speed use a skew or gouge to take the handle down to a size you like, the small diameter the faster it will spin. The taller the easier it...
This step isnt strictly necessary but after spending the time making your top its nice to have a nice looking piece. I start with 220 grit sand pape...
Use a skew or other cut off tool to remove the top from the excess wood. Make sure you have your hand around it so you can catch it when it falls.
This can be a little tricky to start off but after a couple tries its easy to get the hang of. Just place the tip of the top on the tip of your finger...
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