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How To Make A Homemade Yo-Yo with Detailed Instructions
How To Make Your First Homemade Wooden Yo-Yo in a Weekend
Do you enjoy working with your hands and making your own homemade toys, games or craft projects? If you answered yes then you will enjoy reading this lens and possibly making your own homemade wooden yo-yo.
This homemade wooden yo-yo is an easy weekend project that you will enjoy making using your own two hands the same way I did.as a youngster. For the youngster they will need assistance, guidance and supervision from an adult or older sibling that is able to safely handle woodworking hand tools for them.
I can remember the many weekends my Dad and I would get together in his woodworking shop and make a different homemade toy or game that was really cool; including this handmade wooden yo-yo.
The one really nice thing about making your own homemade wooden yo-yo is the fact that when the project is finished you will feel this certain sense of pride and accomplishment inside you. You can also paint and customize the yo-yo to the limits of your imagination for a one-of-a-kind yo-yo that no one else will have. For instance, take a look at the yo-yo in the photo with the painted spiral design on it in different colors. Wouldn't it be fun just to watch the painted spiral on the wooden yo-yo in motion? After concentrating and watching the wooden yo-yo for awhile you would probably find yourself becoming hypnotized along with everyone else!
Donald Duncan's First Yo-Yo on Display - The "Gold Seal"
Weekends Spent in the Woodworking Shop
I had a lot of cool homemade toys and games as a younster and I enjoyed playing with them for hours on end.
I hope you enjoy and have lots of fun making your first homemade wooden yo-yo the same as I did when I was a youngster making my first homemade yo-yo. I know you will get a lot of joy and satisfaction out of playing with your new homemade yo-yo like I did because you personally made your yo-yo.
This is how I started woodworking except I had a teacher and assistance; my Dad. Every weekend was devoted to him and I working together in his woodworking shop since he was a carpenter by trade and his father taught him the trade.
Most of the handmade toys and projects I made were entered into 4H Fairs in the Woodworking Section. Some of the projects took Blue or Red Ribbons, some got Honorable Mention while others did not! However, they were still fun to make with Dad and afterwards play with them for endless hours. Needless to say, I had a lot of cool handmade toys and games growing up as a youngster. However, the one toy I will always remember and played with the most is my first homemade wooden yo-yo.
Imperial or Butterfly Style Yo-Yo Preference - Yo-Yos come in several styles and shapes so making a choice was a difficult decision when it came to making a hom
If you were given a choice which style wooden yo-yo would you perfer making; an Imperial or Butterfly wooden yo-yo?
I would prefer making the Imperial style wooden yo-yo.
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Vintage & Classic Style Yo-Yos for Beginner or Collector - You are not very handy with your hands or don't have time to make your own homemade wooden yo-yo?
That's no real problem. We are all not as gifted with our hands as others or have time due to busy everyday schedules. Therefore, listed here are some vintage finished and unfinished wooden yo-yos that you can finish and customize to your personality. The Imperial yo-yo is good for the beginner who is ready to step up from a vintage wooden yo-yo to a classic style yo-yo of better quality and handling. The Super Tournament Yo-Yo is for the intermediate yo-yoer who is thinking about stepping up also. The imperial or Super Tournament yo-yo are yo-yos that I would recommend and used the most when i was into yo-yos big time.
Parents and grandparents. The vintage wooden yo-yos are perfect for gift ideas if you need a special gift. You can pick up one of the yo-yos and give it as gifts for the beginner yo-yoer. Let them finish and customize the wooden yo-yo to the limits of their imagination or leave the wooden yo-yo in the natural state. You will be amazed what the youngsters will think of customizing their personal wooden yo-yo if they choose. Click on the "Buy Now" button beside the a yo-yo and it will be on its way to your door as soon as your order is approved. I always carried extra yo-yo strings so don't forget to order the pack of yo-yo string in case the string breaks on the yo-yo during playtime or tournament.
This yo-yo is made from the finest hardwood in Vermont. It would make a great inexpensive gift to give the youngster who has never owned a yo-yo. The yo-yo is finished in a clear lacquer finish and is plain on both sides. By being plain on both sides the youngster can customize the yo-yo to his or her personality for a one-of-a-kind yo-yo.
Having a party? This 2" diameter yo-yo would make fine party favors as well. Provide some paints and stickers and let the youngsters have fun at the party customizing their yo-yo. A prize can be given for the best customized yo-yo.
This is the same yo-yo as the first yo-yo above. The yo-yo is also made in Vermont from the finest hardwoods. The yo-yo is clear finished with the sticker of North America on one side for Earth Day. This yo-yo has other designs on one side for you to choose from if you desire.
The yo-yo is good for a youngster who has never owned a yo-yo as a starter. The youngster can also customize the yo-yo to their personality as well. Inexpensive and makes for a great gift.
This is a complete do-it-yourself kit to let the youngster make their own yo-yo. Paint and stickers come with the kit so the yo-yo can be customized to their own personality. They will be the only youngster on the block with their own one-of-a-kind yo-yo. This yo-yo also makes a great party favor to give the youngsters at a party.
This Super Tournament yo-yo is made from the most durable wood by Duncan. The first makers of yo-yos in the USA..
This yo-yo has the crossed tournament flags on the side indicating the yo-yo is made for tournament play as those from the early 1960s. This is an excellent yo-yo for tournaments or for the vintage toy collector. Comes in a clear display box and a reproduction 1955 Duncan Trick Book is included. Excellent gift for the vintage toy collector or a youngster's first yo-yo to put on display or play.
Instructional DVDs to Learn Yo-Yo Tricks & More - Now that you have your yo-yo what do you do next and what about doing some tricks with it?
Now that you have your yo-yo what are you going to do next? The next thing you need to do is learn how to use your yo-yo and do some basic yo-yo tricks. Listed in this module is the best DVDs showing you how to do the various yo-yo tricks. Pick out the one, or all, DVD(s) you like best and click on the "Buy Now" button beside the DVD. Once you receive your DVD(s), fire it up in the player and start learning how to do some easy basic yo-yo tricks.
Start with one yo-yo trick until you are able to do the yo-yo trick really good and then move on to the next trick and so forth. Remember to be patient and practice, practice and practice doing the yo-yo trick while watching the DVD along the way until you are comfortable doing the yo-yo trick.
This 2-Disc Set has over 3 hours and 300 interactive yo-yo tricks that are easy to learn and follow along. This DVD set is good for the beginner to start with to learn how to do yo-yo tricks or for the advanced who might learn something new that they didn't know before watching the DVDs. This DVD Set also makes a great gift or stocking stuffer at Christmas.
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This is a “must have” DVD Set that the whole family can watch together. “Doc Lucky” is a yo-yo historian and a “Guinness World Record holder for the largest yo-yo collection”. This is a three part DVD about yo-yos where he takes you through and shows you the largest yo-yo collection.
Doc Lucky will teach the beginner how to do the basic tricks. These are tricks like “The Sleeper”, “Walking the Dog” and much more. So if you are a beginner yo-yoer or an avid yo-yo collector than this DVD Set is definitely for you and the whole family to watch.
This is the video made for the Yomega High Speed Yo-Yo to teach you how to use and preform yo-yo tricks and more with your Yomega High Speed Yo-Yo so you will be the hit of your neighborhood.
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These are some of the materials and compositions that yo-yos are made from today. I would be interested to see which one of these materials you prefer the best. Thank You!
What type of material or composition do you like your yo-yo made from the best?
Top Quality Yo-Yos for All Ages - This is the best selection of yo-yos for you to choose from as well as a Duncan Yo-Yo Book of Tricks.
Listed in this module is the best yo-yos and pack of yo-yo strings available Take a look and choose the yo-yo you like the best. Don't forget to order the pack of yo-yo strings because they always seem to have a tendency to break when you least expect it. Where would you be without a yo-yo string? Click on the "Buy Now" button beside the yo-yo, and pack of strings, and as soon as your order is approved your order will be arriving at your door.
Good yo-yo for beginners to start with until they are ready to move up to a tournament type yo-yo. Very durable and well worth the price for a beginner. Also would make an excellent gift for any youngster.
This yo-yo made by Yomega is one of the most popular yo-yos in their line. This yo-yo is more for the for advance play and string tricks. So if you know or have someone who is ready to move up to more of an advanced yo-yo I would recommend you checking this yo-yo out to give them. Makes for a great gift or not.
This yo-yo is perfect if you enjoy doing string tricks. Duncan is a brand you can trust and is the leader for yo-yos. Makes for an excellent gift and would recommend this yo-yo.
This yo-yo is perfect for doing looping tricks. Duncan is a top brand name and a leader in yo-yos. Looking for a gift idea to give a youngster? Excellent choice and would recommend this yo-yo.
This is an excellent instructional book that you can leaarn how to use your yo-yo to do some amazing tricks with. This book has over 60 yo-yo tricks that are well illustrated for easy learning. The book is also written by National Yo-Yo Master Steve Brown.
Top Quality Yo-Yo Strings for Replacements or Backup - More quality yo-yo strings that can be used for replacements or backups to avoid frustions over a broken
These are more brands for the best quality yo-yo strings that have been personally selected. All of the yo-yo strings are basically the same except for the color selections. Instead of writing a description for each one of the yo-yo strings; I will say I would recommend any one of the yo-yo stings as a replacement or backup string. It all comes down to personal preference as to which yo-yo string you like the best. If you would like more detailed information for a particular yo-yo string you can click on the Title to go to the Product Description.
This yo-yo string is made by Yomega. Therefore, if you have a Yomega High Speed Yo-Yo, I would recommend you stick with this yo-yo string to get better performance from your Yomega Yo-Yo. Myself, unless it was a dire emergency, I would stick with the Yomega brand yo-yo string as well.
Homemade Wooden Yo-Yo Weekend Project Survey - Making a homemade wooden yo-yo on a weekend always gave a person a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
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Don't let the number of steps in the "Detailed Instructions" deter you from making your first Homemade Wooden Yo-Yo.
The instructions are detailed for the 6-9 yr old youngster to understand them, be successful and not fail making their first homemade wooden yo-yo. Adult guidance needed.
How to Make a Homemade Wooden Yo-Yo Detailed Instructions
Customize your homemade wooden yo-yo to the limits of your imagination. Ladies; you can make and customize your own homemade yo-yo too.
Homemade Wooden Yo-Yo
Good for Ages 6 and Up
Adult Guidance and Supervision Advised
Pre-made Imperial Yo-Yo Parts List available from local craft or hobby store:
1) Two large wooden wheels
2) Dowel Rod (axle) to fit holes
3) Sandpaper 12" x 12" sheet, fine grit
4) Wood glue/Elmer's glue
5) Pkg of yo-yo strings (Best Choice)
(NOTE: Yo-yo string unavailable; twine, aka ball of string, will work)
6) Small craft saw to cut dowel rod to size
(Optional; if you don't have one at home)
7) Wood paint in choice of colors or;
clear lacquer to keep the natural look as shown in photo. (Your choice)
8) Stickers of choice to customize the yo-yo on one or both sides.
1) Lay out all of the wooden parts and check them,
2) Check wooden wheels/dowel rod (axle) for any scratches
3) Fold sandpaper into fourths and cut into fourths,
4) Take piece of sandpaper and lightly sand all wooden parts,
5) Dry fit dowel rod (axle) to one of the large wooden wheels,
6) Make sure wooden wheel outside edge is flush with end of the dowel rod (axle) end
(See photo), * You can use a flat surface to ensure axle and wooden wheel are flush.
7) Measure gap space using ruler or tape measure,
8) Gap between wooden wheels - approx. 3/16 inch to 1/4 inch wide, mark it with a pencil,
9) Cut dowel 1/2 inch past outside edge of second wheel, mark with pencil,
10) Dry fit second wooden wheel on dowel rod (axle),
11) Line up inside edge of wooden wheel to pencil mark,
12) Mark outside edge of wooden wheel on the dowel rod (axle),
13) Remove the second wheel from dowel rod (axle),
14) Take craft saw, or regular fine toothed saw and cut dowel rod (axle) to size,
15) After cutting dowel rod to length, take sandpaper and smooth the cut end of
the dowel rod (axle) off,
16) Dry fit the two wooden wheels on the dowel rod (axle),
17) Take tack cloth and clean all wooden parts to remove any oils from hands, dust or debris,
18) Wooden wheels are ready for painting/staining of your choice,
19) Take 1/2 inch wide painter's tape and tape each end of the dowel rod (axle) to keep the ends from being painted if axle center is to be painted (axle). Center of axle better left unpainted/unstained
(See * NOTE below),
20) Take a piece of wire (old clothes hanger) and run through the wooden wheel holes for painting/staining, Another idea is to put the wooden wheels on each end of left over dowel rod and paint them on the dowel rod,
21) After painting/staining; let dry overnight. Might check periodically to be sure everything is OK.
* NOTE: Glue will not stick as well to painted surfaces compared to unpainted.
1) Check for dryness before removing wooden wheels from the wire hanger (old clothes hanger),
2) Take tack cloth and wipe all wooden parts clean, paint should be dry,
3) Time to assemble the yo-yo with dry fitting first,
4) Remove one wooden wheel from dowel rod (axle),
5) Place wood glue around the end of the dowel rod (axle),
6) Replace wooden wheel on end of glued dowel rod (axle),
7) Make sure outside edge of wooden wheel is lined up flush with the end
of the dowel rod (axle),
8) Repeat gluing for second wooden wheel on other end of dowel rod,
9) Set glued assembled yo-yo aside for the glue to dry, let dry for a few hours,
10) Glue has dried; time to paint the dowel rod (axle) ends,
11) Let paint dry on painted dowel rod (axle) ends,
12) After drying, time to measure and string up the yo-yo for action,
13) If you have the yo-yo string use it as it is preferred over the twine/sting.
** If not; get ball of twine/string and cut off approx. eight feet.
14) Double up twine/string with loop above the floor,
15) To measure the yo-yo string for the proper length, drop the yo-yo to the floor and
the length of yo-yo string should be from the belly-button to the floor.
.16) Cut off excess yo-yo string (twine/string) and tie the two loose ends together,
17) Take yo-yo and place it in the looped end of the yo-yo string (twine/string),
18) Twist the twine/ string up so it is tight around the middle of the dowel rod (axle),
19) Tie a loop in the other end of the twine/string to place on the middle finger of your dominant hand,
20) Yo-Yo is ready to go. Now is the time to adjust the loop around the dowel rod, (axle) so
the yo-yo can do "The Sleeper" when it reaches the end of the twine/string properly,
21) Adjust loop by twisting or untwisting the twine/string to desire tightness for doing "The Sleeper",
22) Yo-Yo is complete and ready for you to start enjoying the yo-yo and put it into action!
* NOTE: Your wooden yo-yo should look similar to the wooden yo-yo in the photo at the top of this module.
------ HAVE FUN, ENJOY & USE YOUR YO-YO IN A SAFE AND PROPER MANNER! ------
This is a very detailed step by step procedure for making your homemade wooden yo-yo. A few of these steps are common sense but for a younger child I tried to make the instructions as easy and simple as possible for them to understand and be a success at making their first wooden yo-yo. Customize the wooden yo-yo to your liking or put a clear lacquer on it and you will surely be a big hit at your next yo-yo game when you pull out your homemade customized wooden yo-yo that YOU made. Everyone will ENVY you! (I know).
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