Tippie Top: This might be the most fun thing I've ever made

This was turned on my lathe from a small piece of claro walnut I had in the shop. It was originally from a bag of firewood I bought.  

I turned it in about 15 minutes, but it took anther 30 minutes to get the shape right for it to flip over on it's head.
<p>Any pointers on the shape of it? Mine looked like yours, but never flipped. It would tip to it side, but that was it.</p>
<p>I had that happen to. You can see in the video. <br>The trick is a perfect curve. Look for where the piece is stopping on its side. Then re-chuck it up and refine that section. I'd say I had to re-chuck the top about 4 times before getting it to flip.</p>
Nice! Good job.
Neat. I wish our lathe had as many accessories as yours.
You can make the mandrel he has out of maple. <br>You put a morse taper on one end and a peg on the other. <br> <br>Or even easier, you can drill a 3/4 hole and tap it with a 3/4 - 16 tap. <br>(or a 1 - 8 tap, if you have a bigger lathe). <br> <br>You also don't need those accessories, you can just use the spur drive. The mandrel is just a lot quicker.
Lol. Brilliant! You're pretty good with a skew chisel bro!
Very nice. That is a beautiful wood. Too nice to end up as firewood. Thanks for posting.

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