Hi, on The Woodpecker today, I’m making a spinner to practice figure skating moves. Audrey, the daughter of Renée’s nephew, loves figure skating; but she has some difficulties when it comes to make certain spinning figures. Because of that, she asked me if I could help practice her moves by building her a figure skating spinner. I said yes right away and bought a Lazy Susan bearing. I begin by measuring the space between the screws’ holes. The distance is not the same on both sides of the bearing, so I have to take two measurements. Next, I decide to make a twelve inch spinner and draw it better using sketchup. And this is what I came up with. I could just print this, glue it to a piece of wood and cut it. But I decided to make a pattern with my CNC. But again, I could have just cut the pattern by hand; I’m just lazy. Here’s my new pattern; and you can see that the holes align with the Lazy Susan’s holes. You can also see, the single hole there; with it, I’ll be able to screw the top part of the spinner to the base. But it’s all these holes make it too confusing; to avoid any mistakes later on, I label them by colors. So with all those nice colours, I have less chance of goofing up. Then, I can trace the shape of the spinner on this old pine counter top. And roughly cut their shapes on the bandsaw. Then, I use the holes I made to screw the pattern to the pine. Next, I go to the router table and, with a pattern bit, I remove the excess wood. One done.
I need to repeat the same thing for the next one. When I’m finished, I change the bit for a quarter round, and round over all the edges. Then, I drill the big hole on the base, which will allow me to screw the top in place. Now I can sand this real smooth. When it’s done, I carve my logo underneath. Now I can brush the first coat of finish. I varnish both sides of both circles. When the varnish is dry, I lightly sand it and apply the second coat. When this coat is dry, I can screw the bearing in place. I start by screwing it to the base;
the piece with the big hole. Here this hole become more obvious, it aligns with the hole from the other part of the bearing. Screwing the top is as simple as laying the base over the top with the holes at the right place and screw it in place. Now it’s done; but to protect the floor and keep the spinner from moving around, I add four rubber feet under it. And now it’s really finished… Audrey can now improve her spinning moves, in her own living-room. This doesn’t seem to be as simple as I thought… But I was told that it helps her a lot. And you might have the chance to see her again in the twenty twenty two Beijing Winter Olympics, representing Canada in figure skating. And at this moment you’ll be able to say; I knew she would make it big because I’ve seen her using her spinner on The Woodpecker.

The Woodpecker Ep 121 – A Spinner to improve figure skating moves
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24 thoughts on “The Woodpecker Ep 121 – A Spinner to improve figure skating moves

  • October 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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    Thanks Alain

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  • October 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm
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    This channel deserves much more subscribers. The videos are just great! I watched them all.

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  • October 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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    Nice work Alain. Why are the circles not concentric when they spin?

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  • October 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm
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    Clever idea having a "secret hole" to screw the 2nd piece. I think your daughter should get 10% commission for all the turntables sold to her figure-skating classmates 😄

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  • October 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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    Center bad

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  • October 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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    GO AUDREY! Remember though, practice doesn't make perfect, "perfect practice makes perfect" – The immortal Woody Hayes.

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  • October 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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    That's a great idea. I think you'll see others catching on to this technique for off ice practice.

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  • October 21, 2016 at 2:17 pm
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    Great spin on that project Alain….:). Any particular reason why you did not just cut the circled from the pine countertop directly on the x-carve instead of making a template? You will probably get your order books full from Her figure skating friends.

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  • October 21, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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    What are the odds?! You and Matthias must be racing each other to register woodbearings.ca.

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  • October 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm
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    Great project. When she is finished with it you and Renée can take it back and use it for a lazy Susan. Love your channel and the fact that you are not afraid to show your mistakes! Always looking forward to your updates.

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  • October 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm
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    You could combine this with Matthias Wandels wooden ball bearings (posted today)

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  • October 21, 2016 at 3:31 pm
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    Great job centering

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  • October 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm
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    Where did you find that foam? I need some. Santé.

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  • October 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm
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    Nice build, I really hope your daughter makes it to the Olympics.

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  • October 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm
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    Hi Alan, love it. Guess your centre was a little bit of this time. But I guess that is no problem for its use?
    Keep going with your video's, they always make want to make stuff. I probably end up in my workshop tonight……

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  • October 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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    I must lodge a formal complaint this time, Alain; the French version is 8 seconds longer than this one! This is completely unacceptable. Positive discrimination to the French, how awful. I am going to start a petition….

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  • October 22, 2016 at 4:00 am
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    Why not just cut the pine on the CNC?

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  • October 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm
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    Nice project and gift.  Really enjoy your videos, always very well done.

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  • October 23, 2016 at 4:32 am
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    OK, I might be going around in circles on this, but as things have revolved, just when may seem to be spinning 'round, The Woodpecker has come full circle. Let's give Alain a round of applause!

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  • October 23, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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    Somehow Lazy Susan just doesn't fit for Canada, maybe a Lazy Loraine.

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  • October 26, 2016 at 11:52 am
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    not centered

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  • January 7, 2017 at 8:04 am
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    kids. I go broke trying to support kids interests. it gives them character and drive to succeed so it's not wasted

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  • March 26, 2018 at 9:23 pm
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    aww thats so sweet of you. hope to see her compete in the olympics

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  • April 28, 2018 at 8:44 pm
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    WOW, you're the best person ever!!!
    So kind of you to build this for her! 😮👏👏❤❤
    This is a spinner I would also love to have, and and NEED haha😁

    Again, very good video! I'm inspired!👍

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