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junior
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Reply #30 - Oct 14th, 2005 at 7:40pm
 
Rick... i was not trying to mock you...


I really do throw left handed, upside down... i am ambedextrious (sp). i write with my right hand, but catch and throw with my left. My younger brother is a pure south paw. he always threw his right side up left handed and it worked well for him...


it seemed every time i threw my top, it wanted to spin on it's top, so i turned it around in my hand, and WHAMMO... it spun like a champ!!! i didnt even notice how you were holding it in the video you posted...


that really was the coolest trick(s) i have ever seen with a top... i was always happy just getting it to spin longer than my brother!!!
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Reply #31 - Oct 14th, 2005 at 7:52pm
 
those string winding instructions are different than how i learned to wind the string.

i simply use the knot as a catch to reverse the strings direction, and wind at the top, right next to the knot.
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Reply #32 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 8:18am
 
I don't know how everyone is doing on the 'throw top' challenge, but it has turned out to be harder than I thought. If any of you purchased the top points from Craft Supplies don't follow their instructions for drilling the hole for the point. It says to drill a 1/4" hole but the points have a 3/16" shaft. I've turned a couple tops from some scrap wood so far and can't get one to spin very well yet. Not sure if it's the spinner or the turner, both of which are me. So I'm not sure which needs work.
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Reply #33 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 3:04pm
 
Hey Curt, as I mentioned to Boots in another post, throwing tops takes some practice, at least for me it does.  Our employee's son is quite the expert and he threw a couple of mine, and much to my surprise, they worked.  And as for the point, a nail, maybe even a small concrete nail, is plenty good enough.  Also, a dense wood (heavy) seems to be much better than a lighter one. 

And no, it is not as easy as it might seem. 

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Reply #34 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 3:41pm
 
Ive got a few done.....I cant spin um either....unless I hold it on the floor and spin it by hand, and they spin. I assume with the right "thrower" they will work fine. Will there be a specific section at the gallery to post pics? Ive done a couple "Florida" theme tops.
  I used a peg from a cam lock for a tip (The cheap cabinet hardware) Its about  1/4" x 1 1/2". Glued it in with gorilla glue, then while turning it I filed the tip round. The first top I did was with an aluminum tip. Doesnt work well...concrete eats it up. The others are steel. Cant say they wont leave marks on a nice wood floor tho!!
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Reply #35 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 4:45pm
 
Like Sky I've been able to spin mine if I don't throw them. The top points are really a waste of money. The nail idea sounds good and so does the nylon cam lock tip. I turned mine from some oak ballister cut offs so they're good solid wood. But another thing I'm learning fast is that a couple bad throws across the driveway and any fine finish work is history. My wife won't let me throw them in the house, she's never been much of a sport about those kind of things. Sometimes I think Chris dreams up these torturous challenges just to make me crazy Wink
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Reply #36 - Oct 24th, 2005 at 5:35am
 
The tips you buy from Craft Supplies are 'no mar' tips, made from plastic.  Their main purpose was to save your indoor floors from dents and scratches made by the metal tips that preceeded them.  Only problem was, concrete just ate 'em up.

Throwing tops is like anything else, it takes some practice.  It helps if a thrower is around to show you.  An easy way, once you've gotten the string wrapped, is to hold the top, pointy end up, about 4-6" above the ground, and throw it straight out, horizontal to the ground.  If wound right, it should unwind, turn over, and spin. Don't jerk the string back a lot, just throw it and let it unwind.
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Reply #37 - Oct 28th, 2005 at 7:07pm
 
This still on everyone's radar?  Time's tickin' folks...
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Reply #38 - Oct 28th, 2005 at 7:18pm
 
Yes sir!  Ready to take pictures this weekend.  Upload on Wednesday, right?  And this challenge is coincident with a new-born rage for throw tops among the kids here in Colombia.  Only today on the street somewhere in town I stood and watched three school children doing some pretty fancy stunts with their plastic tops.  Pretty impressive.  So giving some to needy children will be a natural here, these days. 

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Reply #39 - Oct 29th, 2005 at 7:02am
 
I have a 'practice' top that I've been using to try to learn to throw one. Have gotten a spin only a couple times but when it does it spins well and long. But last night I was in the garage practicing, I leave my garage door up about a foot to let the cats go in and out. I threw the top and it went under the door and out into the dark. Still can't find where it went even in the daylight this morning. So if any of you see it spinning by, let me know.
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Reply #40 - Oct 29th, 2005 at 10:50am
 
darn, that was funny Curt.  I read your post and have been laughing for a few minutes straight.  Thanks, I needed that!
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Reply #41 - Oct 29th, 2005 at 2:16pm
 
Got mine ready for pics.........cant make um spin..........but I know they will
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Reply #42 - Oct 29th, 2005 at 3:49pm
 
i just finished building a "house" for my lathe to live in...8 by 10 shed should do nicely as long as  i keep it clean and organized!!! i am so happy... now i can sharpen my tools whenever i feel the need!!!tonight will probably be a nice late night of TURNING!!!!!!

now all i need is a radio out there!!!!! and maybe a chair eventually!!!

tonight i will cut, and rough my Bubinga for two tops!!


i should be ready in time for the upload!!
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Reply #43 - Oct 29th, 2005 at 4:13pm
 
Curt, there is an alligator cruising around in front of our dock, and it is making a spinning sound sorta like your lost top. Plus, there is a string hanging out of its mouth, and he is a kinda out-west lookin' 'gator too.
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Reply #44 - Oct 29th, 2005 at 4:42pm
 
I thought it might have been what made the roadrunner in my back yard dizzy looking. Wink  Thought he was going to fall over.

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