When no one at work is looking, Sam Angelo’s Executive Spin-Top — our AAW feature article in this issue — can provide a fun diversion on your desk to lighten a dull moment. This little spindle-turned toy even hides its true purpose, thanks to a customized base. But aside from the amusement that comes from giving this little top a good swift flick of the fingers, the process of turning it on your lathe might be just as enjoyable. Another benefit to giving this project a spin — yep, pun intended — is that it requires very little wood: a 2″ x 2″ x 4″ blank is all you’ll need. Whichever reason motivates you to head to the lathe and rummage through your scrap bin, I hope you’ll enjoy the process and the final product.
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal