Text will be of a minimum but the photographs should tell the story…
Start with a square blank between centres…turn a spigot for your chuck and rough down
Turn to a cylinder
Turn the handle and upper surface of the spinning top
Abrade to a finish and then make V cuts to frame the texturing
Scorch V cuts with a piece of formica, or colour with a black felt pen
Texture using the tool of your choice. Here I am using the Henry Taylor Decorating Elf.
Colour the texture. Here it is done with Sharpie felt pens.
Apply liming wax and buff to a finish
Turn away the waste at the bottom of the spinning top.
Take it down as far as you dare. Cut off and put to one side.
Mark diameter of the top on the cleaned up end and make a parting cut.
Mark the depth of the spinning top from the flat on the equator to the top of the handle.
Hollow to a little deeper than this depth to enable the top to be jam-chucked within the body.
Finish turn the underside of the spinning top.
Make complimentary V cuts and scorch as before.
Abrade to a finish and wax.
A gentle rap with the tool handle should release the top from the base. Abrade the interior and wax to a finish. Check the fit of top. Adjust if required and re-finish. Finish cut the exterior of the base, make V cuts and scorch, apply wax finish and then part off as far as you dare.
Use masking tape to protect the finished base and remount to enable finish turning the underside. Make the surface concave.
Add complimentary V cuts and scorch once again. Abrade and finish with wax.
Completed dreidel box.
An alternative version without colouring made from laburnum.