Hand Turned Spinners

Spinners are great fun and simple to make as well as being great fun to play with, My daughter wants every one I make

Spipnning top
Old Style Spinner

I saw this style of spinner a long time ago and it stuck in the back of my head - so I thought I would have a go at making one.

 

The operation is simple enough - the spinner shaft is held in the handle and the string pull is wrapped around the shaft. The you pull the string holding the spinner on the surface of the table, floor etc.

 

Old Style Spinner V2
Old Style Spinner V2

The first attempt was a little unstable so my next attempt used a larger spinner which kept the weight lower. This made it easier to get the top spinning.

Old Style Spinner V3
Old Style Spinner V3

Both of the aerlier versionsused quite a lot of material to make so for version 3, I removed the handle and made the body the bit you hold while pulling the string. This does two things - produces less waste and also removes the need to use a bandsaw to cut the slot in the head (the saw can produce an uneven slot) to give a better finish.

Making Spinning Tops If you would like to know how to make your own tops please click on the image just to the left - you will be taken to my guide hosted on the Instructables website. Thanks for looking