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.