When I talk to turners and ask about their first projects, most of them say that they learned to make tops. Some of them learned as children and some in high school. But where ever you learned how to make tops, you know how popular they are with kids and adults alike.
Tops are fast to make spindle turnings and there are many shapes and sizes. It's a great practice project too!!
|Turning Classic Tops|
By: Rick Campbell
In this article, Rick shows us how to turn an old-time string-pulled spinning top. These are fun toys and a great project for any turner.
|Turn Some Spin Tops|
By: Art Ketke
Art shares how turns spinning tops. He also shows how he decorates them to make them colorful.
|How to Make a Pull-String Top|
By: Terry Quiram
In this photo tutorial, Terry shows us how to turn both the handle and the top for this pull-string toy. Once you read through it, you'll be itching to get out in the shop to make your own.
|Turning a Top|
By: Jesper Bay
In this tutorial, Jesper shows us in writing and with drawings all the steps to make a spinning top. These are fun, easy and fast turnings. With Jesper's instructions, you will be able to turn one after following his instructional steps.
By: Eugen Schlaak
In this photo tutorial, professional wood turner, Eugen Schlaak shows us how he makes his tippy tops in production mode. He shows all the materials needed and then each step in the process.
|Turned Pull-String Top |
By: Wood Magazine
This is a great looking top that is activated by pulling on the string. You get to turn the two-piece top and then the handle for the top making this a 3-piece project worthy of a great gift!
|The Big Top |
By: Chris Pine
In this video tutorial, Chris shows us how he makes a "huge" 2-piece top designed to be turned with two hands. These tops will be great for the kids (and adults). These tops spin in the 2 minute range so they are fun to use!!
|Turning a tippy-top|
By: John Taylor
This photo tutorial by John Taylor explains how to turn a "tippy-top". This type of top is the one that when you spin it will turn over and spin on the spindle. These are very fun for kids as most will never have seen a top flip over!
There are some special considerations to make a top flip over so carefully follow John's plans to get it right!
|Build a Classic String Top|
By: Taran Card
In this photo tutorial, Taran explains the basics of spinning tops including the naming of the top's physical regions. Then he tells us about wood selection for your top. He proceeds to turning the top, showing us pictures of each step along the way!
He concludes the tutorial with a lesson in how to spin the completed top. This is a fun project and the top is sure to be an ice breaker. And if you have older kids, a real popular item.
|The Fingertip Top and Spinning Vessel|
By: Charles Henderson
In this very clever and innovative tutorial, Charles shows us how he discovered "finger tops" which ultimately lead to his creation of "spinning vessels".
Charles' tutorial goes into significant detail on how to make both of these special tops!!
It might even be fun to make one just to see how they work!!
|Turned Top with a Textured Surface |
By: Wood Magazine
Special hardware and chattering give this turning a whole new spin.
Turn a classic top that spins by pulling a string. This plan also shows you how to give the surface a chattered finish for a textured look.
|Turning a chatter finger top|
By: Larry Hancock
These traditional tops are turned and then embellished with a chatter tool and color. Larry's close-up pictures in this photo tutorial make it real easy to see each step of the process!
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