Yo-Yo's

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!

 

How to make a Ball Bearing Yo-YoHow 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 a ball bearing spindle. He explains why the ball bearing is superior for yo-yo quality and the ability to do tricks with them.

Matt explains what parts are necessary, and then shows us how he holds the pieces to be turned on the lathe. He then provides a wonderful diagram of his design to help explain the necessary dimension in order for the ball bearing to work.

Matt shows us each of the steps necessary to create this wonderful ball bearing yo-yo! And then he shows us a wide range of his completed yo-yo's including ones made from Deer Antler, segmented woods and even acrylic.

If you've ever had an interest in yo-yo's, Matt's project will help you realize your dream of making your own!!

 

Fun and Fancy Yo-Yo Woodworking PlanFun 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.

 

Make a Wooden Yo-YoMake a Wooden Yo-Yo New Woodturning Projects by
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 TopTurning a Yo-Yo or Spinning Top New Woodturning Projects by
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 WoodThe Ups and Downs of Spinning Wood New Woodturning Projects by
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.

 

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