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Yoyo Blank Cutters

There’s little cooler than making a toy for your kids (or friends’ kids). The sparkle in their eyes as they run off to play not only warms your heart — it also ensures another generation of people who know how to make things. Here’s an easy way to start: a yo-yo kit from Penn State Industries. 

Just select a kit that matches your woodworking prowess. If you’re a wood newbie, you can choose the kit with all the parts you need to make custom a yo-yo. If you’re a little more experienced, though, they sell cutters you can chuck up in your drill press to turn out ready-to-assemble yo-yo blanks. And if you have a lathe, they offer a mandrel for turning your own kick-ass custom blanks.

The heart of Penn State Industries’ yo-yo kits is a ball bearing spindle. They offer blanks from many different materials — from plastics to exotic woods — or you can make your own with the yo-yo blank cutters, which fit in you drill press and turn 5/8″ stock into Yo-yo blanks with 10mm holes for mounting the ball bearing spindles. The aggressive carbide cutters produce a smooth yo-yo half ready to sand and finish. When your yo-yo is finished, Penn State Industries even sells drawstring pouches to protect it.

At $60 for one cutter profile or $100 for both, this might seem a little expensive. But if you have a bunch of rugrats for whom you buy Christmas presents, the cost of the cutters plus $6 for each spindle to give them a one-of-a-kind toy isn’t bad. Then you can justify making some sweet-looking yo-yos for yourself.

Yo-Yo Project and Accessories [Penn State Industries]


2 Responses to Roll Your Own Yo-Yos

  1. nrChris says:

    Buy a lathe, learn a skill–you are halfway there at $100.

  2. Kurt Schwind says:

    I love the idea. You could use some pretty cool wood for your own yo-yos. I’d probably want a quilted maple one.

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