July 12, 2017

How to make a fidget spinner

Gavin McInnesArchive

Like lots of kids, my son is really into fidget spinners. He told me he wanted a new one that cost $30, but I decided to save money and make it myself. How hard could it be?


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commented 2017-07-13 01:06:28 -0400
I loved the thumbs down from your kid. LOL. Buying it would have been cheaper but Dad time is….priceless.
commented 2017-07-12 22:51:48 -0400
More tools is always the solution.
A high end router table and dozens of bits should be next.
commented 2017-07-12 20:32:04 -0400
Stay away from tools Gavin.
commented 2017-07-12 17:38:09 -0400
What went wrong with our generation. My parents didn’t have time to teach [me] anything. Fortunately, I watched my Father work and went on to do all my own home repairs, car body work, fix everything myself, just about everything but heavy plumbing. Mind you, many projects are still dismantled and I can’t remember how to put them back together!!! Thankfully, not my car!
commented 2017-07-12 15:50:30 -0400
Gavin, I would not attempt this without forstner bits and a drill press. Hand on concrete wall is OK for house framing but small fine craft needs better tools. You would need a lathe to make a yo-yo for instance. Also, pine is not a good choice of wood because it splinters easily when drilled. The sort of hardwoods that would work best would get you lots of hate mail from the save the rainforest people.

When I watch my brother (who is a professional carpenter and cabinet maker) prepare for a project it always involves a bottle of beer in one hand, a measuring tape pullled out about the length of a symphony conductor’s baton in the other, scathing denounciations of the amateur tradesmen who created the mess he is about to fix, and magical incantation that would make a witch doctor blush…..all of which he learned from dad………:-)……..ahh…..tradition.
commented 2017-07-12 14:06:26 -0400
If he needs something to fiddle with, cut a hole in his pocket.
commented 2017-07-12 13:59:41 -0400
GAVIN , you know if you do it 2 more times it would almost be perfect
commented 2017-07-12 13:44:38 -0400
Do as my brother does: he picked up printers in garbage, and give his 4 and 5 yrs old screwdrivers and they disassemble the whole thing, then play with the motor, wires, etc. Good exercize to show them how things are built.
commented 2017-07-12 13:22:36 -0400
Gavin, great idea to try and make one yourself. It gave you a chance to use power tools, and, that’s always a plus. I’m sure your son appreciated spending time with you on this project.