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Challenge #4
Oct 12th, 2005 at 2:16am
 
OK, so here is the next challange for those that wish to partake:

Make an old school style spinning top, string powered throwing top.  There are plenty of plans on line and parts can be found in the catalogs or you can make them on your own.  Size requirements (to be safe and consistent) are: minimum 2" diameter and 3" long.  Most of the ones I have seen are 3" or so at the widest point and up to 5" long.  There is no limit on the maximum size.  The finished product should spin per the standard designs - hold string, throw top, yank string, top spins, blah, blah, blah.

Part of the challenge will be design as well.  the style itself is pretty standard and easy to turn, so spend some extra time coloring, burning, texturing, etc. to make it look extra special.  

As mentioned in another thread, this won't be a trade but will be a donation to a charity, a needy family or just to a kid you know that will enjoy such a gift and may not be getting much for the holidays.

This one is pretty easy, so the timeline is 21 days, so be ready to post the projects on Nov. 2 (that's a Wednesday).
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Reply #1 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 2:25am
 
Im in!!
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Reply #2 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 5:48am
 
Now you're talking.  I know tops, been spinning tops for ever and a day.  I'm in.

I say, you haven't completed the challenge until you can do this with your top:

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(kidding of course).
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Reply #3 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 6:02am
 
That is pretty cool Rick.  Now I only have to find some pointers on making those bad boys.   Grin

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Reply #4 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 9:11am
 
Holy crap Rick, that is way COOL!  Any chance at getting a close up photo of your top?
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Reply #5 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 9:26am
 
By the way, do a Google search for "throw tops" and you'll find a whole mess of pages with pictures and how to spin instructions.
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Reply #6 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 9:30am
 
Something fun I found that Rick's video brought to mind.

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Reply #7 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 1:30pm
 
Great sites Chris. I may be giving away my age but I used to have a couple of Wizzers. They had parts with ball ends you could mount in the top and have spin upside down on a stand or run along a string.
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Reply #8 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 3:59pm
 
i am a big weirdo... i hold my top in my left hand... upside down... it spins great!!!
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WOW....... that was amazing...



i dont mean your dog actually caught the ball amazing, oh no...



that was Michael Jordan scoring 45 points with the flu in the finals amazing...


Lance Armstrong winning the tour de France a gazillion times amazing!!!

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Reply #10 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 5:23pm
 
I'm in. But I think I'd better lower the decuctible on my home owners policy. I see broken windows in my future. I might be the only one here who has never thrown a top.

And Rick, that's amazing. How do you do dat.
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Reply #11 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 6:58pm
 
Check this out....
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Reply #12 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 7:24pm
 
Here's a pic:

This is the top I used in the video.  It's 4" diameter and 4 3/4" tall.  Made from cedar by Walter Watts, a top maker from Indiana.

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Junior, don't know if you're dogging me or not!  I do throw left handed, upside down, and yup, it sure does throw fine.  Jest takes practice.  In my youth, I came in 4th in the regional Duncan top competitions.  First three places got a trip to Disneyland for the finals.

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Reply #13 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 7:25pm
 
No your not curt.  However looking at them I might just have to try it, as a matter of fact my mind is already concocting a design.
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Reply #14 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 9:05pm
 
Never made a top, but I will give it a whirl.
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