Top #10 “Turbine”

Just giving those that missed out on my last few creations a heads up that I will be making another top tonight. SS with Bronze stem and Copper with Bronze stem. I have the design done and there will be angled milling. These will be $125 plus shipping. They will be just under 1.25″ in diameter for those that like the smaller stuff! I will make 6 of each version. I will use this as my build thread. If you want one, post it along with “copper” or “SS”. The first 6 commitments of each variation gets them! These will have a 1/8″ black ceramic bearing.

I wanted to do the home made superconductor but I ordered to big of diameter stock so that is put on the back burner. As for the interchangeable stems I mentioned a few weeks back I am still working on a design that will handle hundreds of changes without wearing out.

I am excited about tonight’s design! It looks cool on paper 😀

The collar design. This pattern will go all the way around. Those smaller circles are tipped on an angle creating scallops.

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I will be honest, with the face taper I have planned and tipping the head on an angle I am still not 100% sure how this will look. That is usually a good thing 😀 One thing is for sure, there will not be anything else like it!

I wonder if you all get into seeing the rough cad drawing turn into a top? If you are like me I like looking at the picture trying to figure out what it will actually look like.

Program made, putting the tools in and the jaws on. Getting close. Another 90 minutes hopefully before the first pic

Let me know what you think!

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6:30 on my first timed spin

I have some extra material so I will be making some stemless versions too.

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I will tell you all that this turbine edges are sharp. No burrs but they are sharp!

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I got a design that I have been working on for a while and I also have time next weekend. Have your pocket books recovered or should I hold off… 

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More BilletSPIN Pro

Cleaned out my office and found a few extras! $34 brass, $37 stainless steel, $58 rainbow PVD and $74 anodized titanium. All have ceramic balls! Shipping will be $5 domestic and $12 international.

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Top #9 “Danish Cookie/Juicer”

Well this could get interesting!

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1.5″ or 1.25″? Speak now for those that might be interested

Ok, stainless and bronze or stainless and copper?

Maybe both… I will make some of each

Yup, bronze looks real nice 😉

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I will put the same pattern on the other side but switch directions so it looks right while spinning

Copper anyone?

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This one will be a trip to watch spin.

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I am up! Eating my yogurt and then I head in to finish this one up. I finished the second end of the first one but I rushed and the orientation of the “turbine” or “juicer” is off. Otherwise it is perfect. Looks good though! Pics in about an hour or so

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Almost stem time 😀

Copper over brass?

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I don’t have any copper for the stem. I got a little to excited here 😞

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Trouble in paradise but I think I got it figured out

Ever so slight wobble due to the machine being off slightly. New employee smucked it a little this week. All junk! Starting over 😀

1st piece of generation 2 almost done. If it ain’t perfect, I quit for today lol

Success😀 it is going to take a while to get them done but I will have pics tonight!

Made a few changes that really brought out the finish!

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1st operation stem pic. This was a junk piece but wanted to give you all an idea of what it will look like. It will be finished on the end to look all pretty 😀

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Any bronze guys want a brass stem instead of stainless steel? Speak now!

If anyone want a left hander, now is the time to let me know 😀

Two more collars then on to the stems…again lol

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Boom, no wobble. Looks awesome 😀

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This might be the best looking top while spinning I have made yet

All three variations before finishing the back of the stem

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Getting there

 

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Took long enough lol

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It’s a cookie, no it’s a juicer lol a guy has to get his inspiration from somewhere!

Ok, message me if you are interested. Right now I have all three variations available. $125 plus $5 domestic and $12 international shipping. Bronze over SS, Copper over Brass and Copper over SS. All have a 1/4″ ceramic ball.

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Well those are sold out. I never make a design twice so everything is limited edition other than my kickstarter stuff. If I post up a design you like in the future but don’t have the funds just message me. I have no problem working with people as this is such a great group and I am not worried.

My schedule is crazy now. I am trying to launch another kickstarter early next week so I am thinking it will be maybe two months before I make another top

 

New Top Ideas

Thinking of making some removable stem tops this weekend. 1-1/4″ diameter. Sell them in a package with like three different stems and two different collars. Limited edition of course. I am not sure if I can completely eliminate all wobble but I bet I can get close. Is there any interest?

I am thinking two piece tops (stem and collar) with a ceramic ball. All 5 pieces for around $125. Post below if you are interested so I know how many to make. This would just be a one run deal (limited edition). If you don’t care for the design you don’t have to buy it, I am just looking to see how much interest there is. Thanks all!

You can buy all 15 Quoc lol. The set-up on the machines will be quite extensive and time consuming. Making more of them helps me recoup. Nobody would want to pay what it would cost for me to make a one off smile emoticon My hourly rate for the machine I made that last top on is $120/hr and I spent more than a few hours on it.
Brass, bronze, SS and copper and possibly Ti. I would rather not use the Ti and I am getting low and would have to waste a bunch because it is bigger diameter.
I could make interchangeable rings too but the price will go up drastically.
It is looking good, wow! If I do it you want another build thread like last time? Or I could just post some pics to this one so I don’t take up to much space in the group😀

Makers Cards?

Contemplating creating a makers card to ship with this latest batch. Is this something you appreciate as it would carry the number in a limited edition or is it just a waste of time. I only make about one design every few months so I am just not sure it is worth the time. Let me know your thoughts!

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Well due to my crazy hectic day yesterday I did not make any cards but I will design some for the next design. I was thinking picture cards as well Quoc! Thanks all and sorry for not getting them with this one 😞

Top #8 “Four Winds/The Big One/Four Metal”

Well after about 20 hours of designing I get to start on the machining end of it. This will be my most complicated design yet. It is going to be a while but I will keep the pics coming of the build process!

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Finally get to do some angle milling 😀

1st side of first piece done, just wait until you see what i do with that!

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I am going to make sure this comes out to my satisfaction but so far so good. The best features are yet to come.

That is Bronze/copper btw

I am making all of the blanks up to that point tonight then start on the second end tomorrow. The second end of these is where the magic will start happening. Then we have to make the first end of the stem, refinish the copper and bronze so they spin perfect and then finish the second end of the stem. I am hoping by this time tomorrow to have them done. Stay tuned!

Once you go Mazak you will never go back. We do both here and Mazatrol is better unless you are doing 3D. Here is a cad pic of the second end of the bronze and copper parts:

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So cool to have these designs in your head then make them a reality. I have big plans for the stem, I just don’t know what they are yet. My focus is on making the collar as friggin cool as possible. There will be some nice polishing for sure on this one. Looking forward to tomorrow!

just a hair under 1.75″ Patrice Tenorio. I had to make it big to get all the detail I wanted into it. The inside of the collar is hollow and I will be milling out a lot more to reduce weight. I think this will be an easy spinner that will produce some of my best spin times yet.

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Woke up early, ate some food and heading in to keep working on this thing. Had a dream about a design element I am actually going to use on the stem today! Stay tuned

This work?

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So that is the collar 75% done. It will take several hours to finish this stage due to the intricate machining but then we make the first end of the stem and attach this. Stay tuned!

Stem will have a brass cap that we are working on now as the collars are running

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Cap is roughed and cut off.

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Stainless steel for the stems. Another couple hours and this will really start coming together

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Lol, I try to be as generous as I can but $50 I can’t do bud 😀 I have a ton of hours in this project. I know the price but just want to make sure they look as good as I hope they will.

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Two more collars the we start on the stems!

Btw, I will never make this design again so these are it!

I have to see how many I end up with. Still a lot of tricky stuff to do. I lost two already.

They warped a little. If it isn’t perfect it is junk on this one

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How do you like it so far?

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It is getting a 1/4″ ceramic ball

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To seamless. After polishing it is hard to see. Who knew bronze and copper looked that close when polished. Not me!

Thanks for joining me on the ride, I am happy with the result. I will post a spin video later

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Time for a nap 😀 I added a video to the group and made that the SUS if any of you are interested 

7/11/15

Here is the spin video. I will have some of these available in a SUS tonight. $150 plus shipping

SUS- I have 4 possibly 5 of these. 1.7″ (HUGE) Copper/Bronze over Stainless with a Brass knob over stainless. 1/4″ ceramic. $150 plus shipping. First spin was 8:32. I will draw tomorrow night and post the names. My first SUS so bare with me 🙂 Feel free to ask any questions!

This thing is a monster. Makes the BilletSPIN Pro look normal sized lol

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The collar is hollow so it is not as heavy as it looks but this is a beast.

I am just happy I can take a nap. I had dreams all night last night about it. I had one more cool design element I wanted to do but I ran out of time

Ok all, I have 9 of these limited editions. One went to my son and 4 went to my regular’s. This SUS will be for the other 4. Just wanted to be upfront with you all! Thanks for your interest!

Ok all I will list the four people picked via random number generator

Scott Hogan

Cole Kudzu Palmer

Cyrus McCandless

David Biggers gets the last one!

Thanks all again for the encouragement and comments. This was a lot of fun for me! I am looking forward to the next one!

I am curious as to what size you would want me to make next. I have never made one smaller that 1-1/4″ and with the types I enjoy I wouldn’t want to go smaller than 1″

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BilletSPIN Update and more leftovers

Well, everything has shipped! I have a few Pro’s left due to some people backing out last second. Claim them in a reply, pay through Paypal today and I will ship tonight. All will have either a carbide or black ceramic ball.

3-Rainbow PVD Pro’s $58
2-Stainless Steel Pro’s $37
1-Titanium Pro $54
2-Brass Pro $34
1-Copper Pro $38

Shipping will depend on how many you order. Order 2 or more and get a free leather pouch.

I still have all the regular BilletSPINS left except purple if anyone is interested. Thanks all!