If you have a mini lathe hanging around on a workbench…oh, you don’t? well, neither do I, but it doesn’t hurt to learn something new anyway, so..
if you have a mini lathe hanging around, or not, you might want to use it (or wish you had one to use it) to make a spinning top, like this…
Step One: The woodworker keeps a box of circles with dowels in them. I think you could create these circles with a door handle tool (I’m sure it has a more technical name than that!) and use a drill to insert the dowel pieces into the circle.
Step Two: He put the dowel-in-a-circle-of-wood on his mini lathe.
Step Ten: Giving the top a dousing of spray varnish.
Step Eleven: Cutting the spinning top off the lathe. I think the lathe is still on.
Step Twelve (not pictured): A little hand-sanding just on the tips where the top was cut from the extra dowel on the lathe.
Step Thirteen: Give it a twirl and see if it spins!
In case you’re wondering, those aren’t my hands in the photo. I really hope you weren’t wondering that. They’re not. They belong to a very nice woodturner at the local heritage festival we attended Saturday.
He sold these tops for just $3. Less than a gallon of gas. Who needs gas anyway? With that inherited logic, and to support the arts (& crafts), all four of our children wanted one, custom made, in different colors. Such an accomodating gentleman he was! They were, I mean: my man who handed out the cash and the patient woodworker who handed out four tops. I purchased a hairstick for me, which is yet another reason to put “mini lathe” on my Christmas list this year.