Tippie Top: This Might Be the Most Fun Thing I've Ever Made

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About: Come spend some time in the shop. I'm a hobbyist woodworker and professional computer geek in Northern California. I guess my projects will vary widely, and I have no clue what I plan to make next...

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.

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    avidmtbiker

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Any pointers on the shape of it? Mine looked like yours, but never flipped. It would tip to it side, but that was it.

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    kludge77avidmtbiker

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I had that happen to. You can see in the video.
    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.

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    stooberstheTransistor

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You can make the mandrel he has out of maple.
    You put a morse taper on one end and a peg on the other.

    Or even easier, you can drill a 3/4 hole and tap it with a 3/4 - 16 tap.
    (or a 1 - 8 tap, if you have a bigger lathe).

    You also don't need those accessories, you can just use the spur drive. The mandrel is just a lot quicker.

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    waldaddy

    5 years ago

    Lol. Brilliant! You're pretty good with a skew chisel bro!

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    bob3030

    5 years ago

    Very nice. That is a beautiful wood. Too nice to end up as firewood. Thanks for posting.

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    Izac37

    5 years ago

    Cool