I turned a couple of YoYo kits this weekend. My Brother-Inlaw was here for a visit and so I turned the blanks round and let him finish them. I turned a second one for a friend and used my Shapeoko 3XXL to engrave his name on the YoYo. Good Fun. Of course I had to take them for a test run to make sure they worked ok. The kits are PSI brand and I bought 5 together. So I have one more already made and two more in the box. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best. I will likely keep one or two in my truck and give them away to kids in a restaurant if they seem bored.
I made an mdf jig to hold the yoyo while engraving it. Since the yoyo already had the center cut out I placed a piece of blue tape on top and found the center and lined up the vee bit. I was off just a little bit but not enough to worry about. Trying to see a pencil mark on blue tape under the router was a challenge.
My spoilboard has 2" spacing with 1/4-20 tee nuts so I made the left side with two .26" holes and on the other side I cut slots to tighten down once I got the yoyo blank squeezed down with a clamp. I have used this method on several round objects I wanted to machine on.
Here is the one I let my Brother In-Law finish.
Here is the third one.
I started with 5/8" thick mahagoney and cut it to 2.5" squares. I rounded off the corners on the Jet 12-21 VS lathe on a pen mandrel with yoyo bushings. Then you use a pen press to put the inner and outer pieces in place inside a brass tube I glued in before turning. I sanded and finished with Shellawax. On the one with Bob’s name I finished sanded and then engraved with a 15 degree vee bit and put it back on the lathe to finish sand and put finish on it. Very enjoyable making toys.
I also made a few tops out of some hickory I had bought a few weeks ago. I also keep them in the truck and give them away to kids and adults and you never seen such smiles when kids are spinning tops. Since I had the lathe all set up they are also a lot of fun to make and take.