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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
    • They are ceramic skate bearing and I got them off Amazon.

      By Rogue Engineer

  • These sure are in high demand! Your kids must be thrilled you can make them right at home. Nice work!

    By RYOBI Nation

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