Cowgirl Yoyo




For those of us that don't chew tobacco or know anyone that does, I devised this model.

This is the counter part of the Cowboy Yoyo.
I didn't know what else to call it.

It is simply a toy that many folks have never seen before.

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Step 1: Supplies Needed.

  1. A piece of wood big enough to cut out two disks.
  2. A dowel about 7 inches long. I used a quarter in, you can use water you want, just so you have beads large enough to fit over it.
  3. A length of heavy cord 18 to 20 inches long.
  4. 5 wooden beads.

Step 2: Making the Disks.

I used a soup can as a template to draw two circles on my wood.

It really doesn't make any difference what size you use. If you use a compass you don't need to worry about finding the center of the disk.

Step 3:

Since I used a can to make my disks, I drew another circle on a piece of paper and cut it out and then folded it into quarters.

Step 4: Working on the Disks.

Using whatever saw you have, cut out the disks. Then using the paper template and an sharp pointed tool mark the center of each disk.

This time when you sand the disks sand just up to the line so your disk is round.

Step 5: Drilling the Holes.

In one disk using a drill bit the next size smaller then your dowel, drill a hole part way into the disk. Do not drill all the way through this disk.

Then using a small drill bit drill a hole all the way through the second disk.

I do this as a guide for using a Fostner bit. I used a 1.5 inch Fostner bit to drill a hole half way through the disk then turned it over and finished drilling the hole. You can drill it all the way through from the first side if you like. Your choice.

Step 6: Drilling Other Holes in the Disk.

Put a small amount of wood glue on the end of the dowel and drive it into the center hole of the bottom disk.

Mark the outside of the upper disk on what will be the top and the bottom and one side of the disk.

I clamped the disk to my band saw table so it wouldn't move and drilled the small hole on the side of the disk.

Then using a bit just a little larger then the dowel drill another hole up through the bottom of the disk, then place a board on the outside of the disk and continue drilling the hole all the way through the disk.

Step 7: Sanding.

I don't have a router table to round over the edges so I just sand the outside the two disks and also on the inside of the upper disk.

Step 8: Assembly

Place three of the beads over the dowel and place the upper disk on top of them.

Then put a small amount of wood glue inside the top bead and slide it over the dowel down to just over the top of the disk. Be sure the lower disk and dowel turn smoothly inside the upper disk.

Let the glue set for a few minutes then cut off the excess dowel and sand it down to the top of the bead.

Step 9: Final Steps.

I use a short length of 50 pound monofilament fishing line to help thread the cord through the side of the disk and through the center of the dowel. Tie a knot around the dowel and go out 12 to 14 inches and attach the last bead.

Then roll the bottom disk to wrap the cord around the dowel.

View the movie to see how everything works.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I wonder if that can be modified as a fire starter, but if you have the foresight of packing one of those on your camping trip, you might also think of bringing a lighter.

    I guess if there is such a thing as a bi-directional drill bit, you can use it as a drill.

    I can see it also as an exercise machine, but don't forget to switch hands.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, that would make a good ice cream stirrer!
    When one makes ice cream!
    Remember them days?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Not to be mean or something but this doesn't seem to make much sense.... try making one of these. :)

    2 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    How does this not make sense? What doesn't make sense is that link you posted. What little I could understand was the pictures, which are built almost identically to this yo-yo. The only difference is that the bottom of your tops are pointy and the string is free to pull inside.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    well it looks like you don't get it. it is pointy to let it spin. you pull the string, release it and then put the thing down to spin. :) cool kid's toy.


    5 years ago on Step 9

    I recommend drilling the holes, especially that big one, before cutting out the piece. A small piece of wood is more likely to spin or split when it is drilled.

    1 reply

    Reply 5 years ago on Step 9

    Actually as I was drilling the hole I was thinking that it would sure have been easier to drill it out before I cut it out.

    I usually make 8 or 10 at once and do just that. Thanks for your comment.

    It was supposed to be the first picture, but it seems they put in to the left at the bottom of the introduction.

    It is named 102-1216.MOV

    Thanks for looking.


    5 years ago

    It's great. I just could not for the life of me figure out what it was!


    5 years ago

    What the hell does it do man?! beside spin. is this a toy? What does chewing tobacco have to do with this? You've got a lot of splaining

    1 reply

    That's all it does. It's just a toy. If you check out the Cowboy Yoyo you can see the parody. I guess I could have named it something else. I made this one because a lot of folks don't like the idea of having their children playing with chewing tobacco cans. These actually sell quite well at craft fairs.