Like everyone else, got hooked on to this craze of fidget spinners. For something so basic, they sure are fun. There is a ton of stuff posted on youtube about custom spinners. One such posts caught my eye and I decided to give it a shot. The output of the post on youtube is way more professional than what I am came up with, but this one was just for fun.
So for materials, I had some left over plywood from the beer bottle caps decor project. For the bearing bought a cheap spinner from target and used the bearing from that spinner. The bearings are also available on amazon, but wanted something cheap and real quick, so target it was.
On a piece of paper using good old camlin compass, scale and protractor drew a circle and then created a star shape with-in it. Found a very easy method on instructables. For those who don’t remember this from geometry, a circle has 360 degrees. If a 5-point star sits inside a circle, that means each point is 360/5 = 72 degrees away from its neighbors. Then marked off areas that I needed to hole or cut out.
I drew 2 templates and the initial plan was to cut and glue these two together and make a thicker version. But while cutting, one of the pieces snapped off, so in the end decided to go with just one.
Drilled holes and then using a jigsaw cut along the lines. Sanded down to the best I could and then coated it with some Watco Danish Cherry oil, left-over from the sliding barn door project. Then made sure the bearing fit snugly in the center of the star and a new custom fidget spinner was born. Used some wood glue to hold the bearing in place.