Monthly Archives: September 2015

Top #15 “Shield/Torch”

Well, life can be grand sometimes smile emoticon Without dragging you all into my baggage, I have some hopefully good news! I am making tops! Stems tonight, and will have a finished top Thursday night! These will be 2 piece and have a SS, copper and bronze stem option and a SS, copper and bronze collar option. I do have ceramic and carbide ball options as seen below. Carbide is on the left and is much more silver compared to the charcoal color of ceramic. ZERO difference in spin time between the two. I am giving you the option for cosmetic reasons only. You will not notice any other difference than that.

$125 plus $5 domestic and $10 international shipping. I am not taking orders on this thread and am not posting a build thread. I will post a thread once I have one of each completed on Thursday night and take orders then. This will be like nothing I have made before and “should” be another very long spinner.

The winners of the spin contest will receive this top model! Here is a section view of what I have so far so if you cut it in half it would look like this:

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9/25/15

I FOUND IT! It was hiding all last night and today but I found it. Had to look hard for it this time. Coming up with new original stuff can be difficult at times I tell ya. Amazing how all of a sudden it just comes together and you know it is right.

Just a heads up, material combinations are SS, Copper and Bronze for collar and SS, copper and Bronze for stems. I will make to order until I get caught up then I will make a few extras after that. I will be running tonight and tomorrow. I will post up a new thread once I get one of each completed. I am guessing that will be around 6:30 central time. That is when you will post “in” and your material combination. I do not have a lot of time as I have a fundraiser tomorrow so you can help me out by posting in and material combination as soon as I post it. That way I know exactly how many and what to make.

$125 plus $5 domestic and $10 international shipping.

There is NO milling on the collar. I want this one to be real clean to give a variety to those that don’t like the milled look. I am really digging this one now. It should have a great spin time

Maybe instead of making of of each combo, I will just get one off and then create the order thread. Then I will just add pics of the combinations that are ordered as I make them. Yup, I talked myself into it so figure around 5:00PM central!

I have one bronze stem right now and will make a SS collar since it is chucked up. I will post a pic of that then set the stem machine up again and start filling orders. Going to be a long fun night! The prototypes were very smooth spinners and I expect the production run to be as well. These will be the smallest tops i have ever made at 1.1″ in diameter

Weight and looks. My original plan was to mill off some weight if it was too heavy but the milling just did not flow with the design. I made some drastic changes but I know this will look better and have more symmetry. Plus the weight should be really good for some sweet spin times 😀

9/25/15

OFFICIAL ORDER THREAD:

Two piece tops (collar and stem). Collar material options are copper, Stainless Steel and Bronze. Stem material is Copper, Stainless Steel and Bronze. Your choice of Carbide or Ceramic ball. To order, just respond to this post with the collar, stem and ball materials you want. I will then make it an message you in the next couple days with my paypal info and ship these on Monday! This is a limited run only. After tomorrow I will never make these again. Feel free to message me with any questions but I will be busy so bare with me!

$125 plus $5 domestic and $10 international shipping

Thanks all 😀

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How do you hold this in the lathe once the two pieces have been joined to do the final machining of the stem? 

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The jaws are bored to the exact contour of the od of the collar

They are called soft jaws. These are aluminum pie jaws and VERY expensive.

So most makers assemble the materials then turn them down and cut it off. This makes it spin as perfect as possible. Then they clean up the cut-off end to make it look nice. I do it differently because it limits what I can do on the back side. I make the grip side of the stem complete, then make the first end of the collar which is the grip side. This gives me a lot of room to do whatever design I want. Then I run the opposite side of the collar and press the stem in and then finish that end and put the ball in. Problem with my way is that the stem has to be pressed in perfect or the stem will wobble. It is very tricky and gives me fits. Anytime you hear about me having problems, that is the reason. It is a trade off and I have gotten pretty good and the technique but I still have a lot of scrap. I had 8 out of 50 in the last run but that was my fault as I had skipped an important prep step to the stem before assembly. Once I fixed that, the rest were right.

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9/26/15

Here they all are!

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I like the bronze over SS the best. The bronze just looked really good to me.

9/27/15

If you replied to the Official Order Thread, please read:

EVERYONE that replied to that thread got exactly what they ordered! Things went very smooth so I was able to make all of them. That is not always the case. So instead of messaging everyone, you can just make your PayPal payment to Rich@drop-n-stay.com ($125 plus $5 domestic and $10 international) and message me with the address you want it shipped to. This would help me out greatly as there was a lot ordered and I have a busy weekend. I have everyone’s packaged for shipping tomorrow that has paid and I will be doing more packaging tonight! If you have any questions, just message me or post here and I will respond.

THANK YOU again for everything, you all rock 😀

Prototypes

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Top #14 “Peanut Butter Cookie/Meat Tenderizer/Web/DeathStar”

BUILD THREAD: This is a three piece design made up of a two piece collar and stem. The picture below is of the patter that will be on the stem side of the collar. I will be making the stems next. I will finish these on Saturday. First come first serve. Post “in” if you are interested. $150 plus $5 domestic and $10 international shipping. I am not 100% sure on materials so follow the post to see where it goes. 1.23″ diameter with a .125″ ceramic ball.

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Stem

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No more updates tonight, I am still running stems and will be tomorrow night as well. I will not have a completed top until Saturday! Have a great night all!!

9/11/15

Well good morning! I plan on making as many of these a possible tonight and all day tomorrow. I am not sure how many I will get done but I will do my best. I ordered more copper and hopefully it will be here today. I have a ways to go on the stems then I start the two piece collars. I plan on setting up two Integrex’s tonight so I can run them complete. Good chance I will have one done later tonight. Stay tuned!

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Ok, a minor calculation issue with the stemless which requires a major program change. I will run these after the stemmed but they will have a ball on each side with the same pattern as the stemmed. I have some small normal issues to fix so I will be tied up tonight. I wish I could interact more right now but if you want tops made, that is not going to happen.

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9/12/15

stemless

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Ok all everything is sold out except 3 copper/bronze with Titanium stems. $150 plus shipping. When these are gone everything will be sold out never to be offered again! Reply to this message if you want one. I will ship on Monday!

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New Technique, New designs

Well I am starting machining on the next design tonight. I have a brand new technique I want to try but because I am not sure how well this is going to go I am not going to post a build thread. If I don’t have to scrap this design I can tell you this will be a minimum of 6 separate pieces and will be a long spinner. 1.23″ again and after this I will either go a little smaller or back up to 1.5″ for a few. Ceramic bearing and same types of materials as before but I might go with a titanium stem on this one.

If this method works, it will open the door for some crazy designs. No “ins” on this post. I will keep you posted! Wish me luck 😀

Just a heads up, I am doing a proof of concept due to the complexity of this one. I will have a one off done tonight and if it does not wobble, I will sell it. The actual run will differ from this and will be more tricked out but this will be a one of a kind. If you are interested, stay tuned 😀

Six pieces per top

Wow this cutting is taking forever

You know how I love milling those thru pockets well this design fills them with a different material. Use your imagination 😀

This one tonight is a very basic design. If the method works well then…

What the heck, here is the first part

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You all are like….what is that lol. Just wait, in about 45 minutes you will be smiling hopefully!

SS piece running now which is the female version of the copper

Made two so might get a stemless out of it too 😀

The suspense is honesty killing me. I know the possibilities if this works!

Plus if it doesn’t there is nothing like failing in front of 20 of your closest friends 😛

2 pockets down, two to go

Moment of truth

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those have a special place in my heart and by heart I mean the scrap barrel

Nope, if this next try doesn’t work, I am done for the night. I can tell you the problem is the pocket is too deep. For the main run I will not make the pockets through. It will machine much better that way. You will only see the pieces from the stem side. I honestly that will look better anyways.

Well this was a failure. I am not completely giving up on it but I have to put it on the back burner. Sorry everyone!

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Not feeling it, sorry guys 😞

I have about ten other designs rolling around in my mind so no worries. I also have not quit on this one. Thursday night the real design begins!

This weeks design is finished! I will start on it tomorrow night and post the build thread tomorrow night. I do not have enough material so this will be more limited than the last one. Not sure how many yet. For you new comers, the build thread is where you post “in” if you want it. If you have any questions let me know!

Spoiler alert:

Diamond texture, 3 piece top with the collar connected similar to the 4 metal monster…titani…cera…long spi….

I am going to really struggle to keep the price down with how much I have to put into this one. The thought of me with a torch…

Just a heads up, tonight is the night! Build thread will start at about 4:30-5pm central. There will not be as many so I am just letting you know now. I am making the stems tonight, collars tomorrow night and should have a finished one saturday morning. These will be $150 plus shipping, 1.23″ in diameter, 3 piece and long spinners. First come first serve.

This is the brother to the monster. Due to the complexity of this particular design I would not expect too many more versions of it smile emoticon

I “might” offer two pattern options for this one. I have two that would really look good on this one. I will make one of the patterns in an hour

Plus the different options and possibly a stemless! Might be over 30 possibilities!

The patterns will not affect spin time at all. I am guessing this will for sure spin longer than my last design even but you never know until you spin it!

The copper inner will spin the longest all other things being equal on the previous design. There are a few things that factor into spin times, low center of gravity, weight density/diameter, and the ratio of grip diameter:weight. You have to be able to get that mass accelerating quick but the larger the grip diameter, the less possible rpm. I have made enough to know roughly how they will spin even before I make them. This one will have the mass and hardly no wind resistance so as long as I get the grip diameter right, this will spin a long time.

I am confident it will be quite easy for ME to achieve 10+ minutes. I make zero promises of spin time in regards to others. All I am officially going to say at this point is that I “think” this will be a very good spinner 😀

No knurling on the outer ring. I am not sure on the stemless. It all depends on time but hopefully there will be!

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You will have to wait for anymore teasers. This was just a test to see what this type of process would look like. I won’t make anymore comments about this coming design until the build thread!

 

 

AWANA top

The top I am donating to our youth group at church. Still needs etching. We will do that this week!

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AWANA handles kids from 3 years old up to 6th grade. I work in the Sparkies which is kindergarten thru 2nd grade. These will be given to all the AWANA kids if they can pass 6 sections. I am not sure what the future plans are for them. I will see how the kids like them first

Love getting the kids involved!

Got the etching started. Needs a small tweak but I like it!

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Final version!

 

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