I saw a tutorial on how to make a spin top from wooden wheels a while back, but I can't remember who did it. If you know, could you please let me know so I can give proper credit?
EDIT TO ADD:
"There are a number of places that this seems to have come from but Kleas seems to be the originator.
Both of these credit Kleas so I would assume that is where the idea came from.
Thanks to my reader Mhairi for giving such a comprehensive list of sources!
These are fun to make. And pretty easy. I think next time, i will paint the stick instead of the wheel.
3 reasons: 1) It's easier to paint the stick. 2) when the top gets played with and knocked around, I'm thinking that the paint will get chipped a few times on the wheel. 3) it's easier to paint the stick. yes, it's worth saying twice!
I bought 1/4 inch dowels, but they were too big to fit in the holes, so I drilled out the holes with a 1/4 inch bit. (DH has a drill press and it's fun to use)
I cut them into 2 inch pieces and sanded one end. (not pictured) Then i sharpened the other end with a regular pencil sharpener and sanded the point flat.
The spinning is a thing of beauty.
have a good one,