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Neff

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Cherry top
« on: November 09, 2012, 09:24:54 PM »

I've finally started working with raw wood (got my chainsaw sharpened).  Here's a little battletop made of Cherry.





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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2012, 10:52:33 PM »

A hollow battle top?  That is not fair: how can you leave a mark on the crown?  ???

Nice looking battle top.  Too nice for that purpose, perhaps.
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2012, 12:18:42 AM »

Cool, that's a nice looking top.
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2012, 01:33:53 AM »

You don't sharpen your own chainsaw?! City folk.
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Neff

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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2012, 01:36:00 AM »

You don't sharpen your own chainsaw?! City folk.
Actually I did it myself with a dremel attachment.

A hollow battle top?  That is not fair: how can you leave a mark on the crown?  ???
I never cared for that way of scoring points - damage points. You hit it or you don't.
This is more of a long-spin battle top, something very popular at my workshop.
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the Earl of Whirl

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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2012, 03:33:06 PM »

Very nice work.  I love cherry wood and people who sharpen their own chainsaws!

In a little side note: I am posting this from Athens, Ohio.  I am at an Ohio University vs. Ohio State University swim meet and my little top spinning step-daughter just scored two points for O.U.!!!
« Last Edit: November 10, 2012, 03:48:28 PM by the Earl of Whirl »
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2012, 04:54:13 PM »

Very nice top Neff.  A sharp chainsaw works so well, eh?  How is the tip anchored?
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2012, 02:51:12 AM »

You don't sharpen your own chainsaw?! City folk.
Actually I did it myself with a dremel attachment.

Once again the mighty Dremel tool proves itself useful.
I love my Dremel tool!  :)

The top is beautiful!  8) I think I would be tempted to put a S8 tip in it and play it as a trick top.
I don't think I could bring myself to battle with it! :-\
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012, 09:46:19 PM »

Very nice top Neff.  A sharp chainsaw works so well, eh?  How is the tip anchored?
The tip is a bolt and nut that has been ground smooth, you can see the head of the bolt inside the top.
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2012, 10:02:53 PM »

Once again the mighty Dremel tool proves itself useful.
I love my Dremel tool!

i used to have a method for jamming the bolt that duncan uses as an axel for their freehand yoyos into the pen style attachement tip of my dremel... i'd screw the nut down tight on one half of a plastic yoyo, jam it into the dremmel and have a makeshift sorta hand held lathe-ish sorta thing... i'd put on my safety glasses and take a random or semi-random sharp piece of metal (my exacto's blade sorta shattered on the first entry) and i recessed a lot of friction stickers of yoyos that way, i also mutilated a half a yoyo to the point i could stuff it into one of my hollowpoints it was a semi-unsuccessful attempt at a way to make the top into something i could do yoyo-style thumbnail grinds with... the shape of the top, as it doesn't have any sort of lip made it difficult to try, i was looking for a way to try...

oiy... i need to get my dremel out (and find some safety glasses)... add that to the list of things i need to do.
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2012, 09:36:41 AM »

Nice work!
Very clever way to make a tip as well, bravo, Chris!  :)

PS: Dremel is AWESOME! I couldn't imagine not having it....
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2012, 09:15:33 PM »

Well done Chris. A very pretty top. It must be well balanced with the grain oriented that way.
Sanding two of the sides for a nice finish is kind of a pain though. Definitely worth the effort.
Interesting tip. Looks very durable. Almost too pretty to throw in a battle.
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2012, 11:13:07 PM »

Thanks Alan! I only know how to orient the grain because of you  ;D

After re-read this thread I see that I never mentioned the small story behind the top.  A year or two ago, a former coworker and friend gave me two cherry logs from his dad's farm.  He knew I would want it to make tops.  I taught him how to throw several years ago, and he always said he would like to teach his three boys.  So my plan is to give them a set of tops from the family farm that they can learn together with, easy to throw, good for long spin battles, etc.  Probably wont' have time to finish them before Christmas though, maybe I should give him one a year...
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2012, 10:18:40 AM »

Just to be sure that I am understanding the orientation.  The axis of the top is pointed at the center of the tree and parallel to the earth?
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Re: Cherry top
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2012, 03:09:07 PM »

That is correct Dick. You end up with layers of growth rings about the spinning axis. The rings are not perfectly flat though. Each ring is sort of the shape of a round Pringles potato chip. The bigger in diameter the log, the flatter the rings will be toward the outside of the log. The best distribution of mass about the central axis.
The down side to turning this way is that on the two sides of the top are end grain which is harder to work. The upside is that the other two sides will show chatoyance which is beautiful. The balance should be almost perfect if you get the grain aligned just right.
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