Yo-yo's are great items of amusement. We hesitate to call them toys as they can be very complex and take years to learn all the different moves you can make with one. But they can be toys too! I can't imagine any young person who wouldn't want one to own and play with!
They are also wonderful turning projects. They can be one-piece or two-piece and can be as plain as a single piece of wood or as fancy as your imagination!
|Make a Wooden Yo-Yo|
By: Alex Harris
Alex shows us how to make a yo-yo. He presents the information in a no-nonsense way so it's easy to follow along.
|Turning a Yo-Yo or Spinning Top|
By: Ernie Conover
This article gives you photo tutorials for two projects: a yo-yo and a top. Both a fun toys and great gifts.
|The Ups and Downs of Spinning Wood|
By: Richard Dlugo
In this AAW reprint, Richard shares with us how to turn a yo-yo. This details tutorial covers all your choices including materials, mechanical choices and different profiles. Then Richard explains the mounting choices for ball-bearing kits before explaining how to make your own.
|How to make a Ball Bearing Yo-Yo|
By: Matthew Owen
Matt starts his photo tutorial explaining how he learned about yo-yo's and how he eventually got into making them. Matt's yo-yo design is based on a ball bearing spindle. He explains why the ball bearing is superior for yo-yo quality and the ability to do tricks with them.
|Fun and Fancy Yo-Yo Woodworking Plan |
By: Wood Magazine
Are cutoffs of exotic wood collecting dust in your shop? Here’s your chance to transform a few pieces into an eye-catching toy. The plan includes a source for a kit that includes a special mandrel that make turning one child’s play.
This set of plans comes from Wood Magazine and consists of 3 pages.
New Project (usually within the last 30 days)
Project has a 3rd party fee.
(ends April 25, 2019)
Square Mini Ergonomic Carbide Turning Tool
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Starter Pen Turning Kit
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This kit contains all the essential tooling you need to start turning custom pens. It includes three pen blank species (bloodwood, bubinga and olivewood), three gold-plated Slimline Twist Pen Hardware Kits, a 7mm mandrel with knurled nut and #2 Morse Taper, 7mm bushings, a 7mm Brad Point Drill Bit, a 1 oz. bottle of CA Glue, a Pen Mill Kit for truing up all mating surfaces and a storage case with 28 adjustable compartments. The Pen Mill includes four pilot shaft sizes for a wide range of pen types.
Rockler Four-Piece Cheese Knife Turning Kit
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1 1/4" On Sale for only $39.99
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The cheese cutters are made from food-grade 304 stainless steel and attached to the handles which you turn. The kit includes 1/4-20 threaded inserts. The cheese cutters themselves are dishwasher safe; the handles are easily removed for this purpose.
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These Elipse P100 Half-Mask Respirators from GVS are designed to protect against dust particles, metal fumes, mists, oil and water vapors, and even some micro-organisms. Each mask includes two low-profile filters, which permit a wide field of view, and won't interfere with safety glasses and sanding shields. The filters are easily interchangeable, and replacement filters are readily available.
Uvex Bionic Face Shield with Clear Polycarbonate Visor and Anti-Fog/Hard Coat
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Shell offers built-in chin protection and extended top-of-head coverage. Highly adjustable headgear tilts visor nearer or farther from face depending on preference and application. Comfortable cell foam on back of headgear. Breathable, removable, washable headband. Comfortably worn with most goggles and respirators.
4-Piece Safety Kit
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Push stick with ergonomic handle has embedded magnet for easy storage on your saw. Ideal for table saw and router table use. Angled push blocks feature ultra-grippy Bench Cookie pad material. They are great for jointer and router table applications. Table featherboard assists in holding stock against the fence while sawing or routing and helps to reduce kickback. It fits standard 3/4" x 3/8" miter slots found on table saws and router tables, and features expandable miter track bars for maximum holding power.
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