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Fidget Spinner



If you are a parent and haven't been hiding under a rock somewhere, you've probably heard about the latest craze, fidget spinners. A great way to keep a kid occupied for hours AND it never runs out of batteries. Sure you can buy one for $5-10 and up, but I wanted to make one with a little more meaning. So I decided to make one by hand, out of oak. As a disclaimer, this fidget spinner is probably not nearly as durable as the plastic ones, and if it gets dropped on the thin part I'm sure there is a chance it could break along the grain. Nevertheless, it's still a cool and easy project to make.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Download and print of the template provided above and adhere it to the 1/4" hardwood using spray adhesive.

    2. Step: 2

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      Drill a pilot hole through the center of where each hole will be.

    3. Step: 3

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      Using a 7/8" forstner bit, drill about half way through the board at each hole location. Then flip the board over and complete the hole drilling.

    4. Step: 4

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      Using the scroll saw cut out the profile of the spinner. Get as close to the line as you can without going inside.

    5. Step: 5

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      Sand the profile of the spinner smooth and round over any harsh edges. The bearings should be a snug fit in the holes. If they have too tight of a fit then use some sandpaper to open them up ever so slightly so.

    6. Step: 6

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      Stain and seal to your liking.

    7. Step: 7

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      Adhere the bearings in place using a thin, quick setting glue. Let dry and enjoy!

Comments (6)


  • What are the bearings? Where did you get them?
    By jasonhash, on May 30, 2017
    • They are ceramic skate bearing and I got them off Amazon.
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 31, 2017

  • These sure are in high demand! Your kids must be thrilled you can make them right at home. Nice work!
    By RYOBI Nation, on May 31, 2017


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Fidget Spinner

by Rogue Engineer
May 19, 2017
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If you are a parent and haven't been hiding under a rock somewhere, you've probably heard about the latest craze, fidget spinners. A great way to keep a kid occupied for hours AND it never runs out of batteries. Sure you can buy one for $5-10 and up, but I wanted to make one with a little more meaning. So I decided to make one by hand, out of oak. As a disclaimer, this fidget spinner is probably not nearly as durable as the plastic ones, and if it gets dropped on the thin part I'm sure there is a chance it could break along the grain. Nevertheless, it's still a cool and easy project to make.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 317f5fce 13ea 4947 8e9f e9f5aca66233

    Download and print of the template provided above and adhere it to the 1/4" hardwood using spray adhesive.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 2946693d 2b26 4975 b11a bf1ee9b9aba0

    Drill a pilot hole through the center of where each hole will be.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge e9337b16 1990 4210 8f72 59db59eb69ff

    Using a 7/8" forstner bit, drill about half way through the board at each hole location. Then flip the board over and complete the hole drilling.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge ffb42b66 8036 4225 80eb 4431cae7eb66

    Using the scroll saw cut out the profile of the spinner. Get as close to the line as you can without going inside.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 0cb0fee0 eecc 493d b51a a8a6449af7f6

    Sand the profile of the spinner smooth and round over any harsh edges. The bearings should be a snug fit in the holes. If they have too tight of a fit then use some sandpaper to open them up ever so slightly so.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 4a9611f3 9ae4 49c8 803b 8fd9ba103b40

    Stain and seal to your liking.

  7. Step: 7
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    Adhere the bearings in place using a thin, quick setting glue. Let dry and enjoy!