Wine Stoppers & Sliding Trivets

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Project by 1stump posted 09-30-2008 03:37 AM 2516 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few pics of some of the wine stoppers I made for family last Christmas. They are shown on top of some sliding trivets. All are made from hard maple and black walnut. The trivets are made as gifts also and frequently are mistaken as cutting boards. Tipically they are kept on the kitchen table and used as a center piece, with the smaller trivet being stacked upon the larger.

-- Loving what I do, while I do it for Christ !

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#1 posted 09-30-2008 03:42 AM

amazing…all of it!!! I want to try bottle stoppers after doing my first few sets of pens…yours are amazing!!

I have never seen a rivet before…interesting…WELCOME TO LJ’s…

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#2 posted 09-30-2008 04:03 AM

Nice work on the stoppers.

I would like to see a photo of the trivet opened. Am I right in that the dark and light sides slide away from one another and leave air holes?

For those who don’t want to look it up – a trivet is a device to protect table tops from hot serving dishes.

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#3 posted 09-30-2008 04:13 AM

Thanks so much. I didn’t take any pictures of the trivets opened up before shipping them off! I’ll take some pictures of the next batch, probabley near Christmas. Yes the walnut and maple slide in opposition to one another creating a dark half and a light half. I use a jig I built to allow me to cut the slotts and bore the holes using a plunge router. Makes it much faster and more accurate.

-- Loving what I do, while I do it for Christ !

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#4 posted 09-30-2008 04:44 AM

That’s nice stuff. I’ve got some trivets on my to do list for friends, but not sure I’d pull that one off. I do however have a nice stash of indian head nickels that you’ve given me an idea about using now.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 09-30-2008 06:05 AM

Nice looking toppers. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 09-30-2008 01:14 PM

Those are really cool… Do you do the small segments for the stoppers on your tablesaw?

-- Ryno

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#7 posted 09-30-2008 01:23 PM

Great idea for gifts. Pretty cool..

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 09-30-2008 02:28 PM

Nice job and very creative!
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#9 posted 09-30-2008 06:40 PM

those are very nice

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#10 posted 09-30-2008 06:51 PM

A tablesaw could be used to make the small pieces, but too much material is wasted. So I . . . . .

The strips for the checkered pattern are made by resawing wood (using bandsaw) to a deminsion about 1/16” over the desired pattern size and (usually 5/16”) then drum sanding to insure uniform deminsion. Then they are glued up (about 8) in an alternating dark/light pattern. After glue is dried I joint the edges until square and then resaw into strips that are now striped. Then you drum sand the new strips even & uniform and laminate into the desired pattern for the finished block. It’s a great way to make lots of saw dust and use up all that extra glue lying about. Small scraps can be utilized which helps keep the scrap bin from overflowing.

-- Loving what I do, while I do it for Christ !

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#11 posted 12-03-2008 07:02 AM

Very nice. I like the trivets. I could use a set myself. I agree with your wife on not needing the coin inserted on the patterned stopper. If you use a coin, I would go with a solid piece of wood, maybe with some interesting grain. I think the Indian Head Nickle would look good on a piece of Padouk or Bloodwood.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 01-30-2010 04:01 AM

Beautiful work!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#13 posted 01-30-2010 04:09 AM

Very cool work

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 03-12-2011 08:41 PM

They look cool. I saw the picture and thought it was some kind of musical instrument

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#15 posted 05-10-2011 01:51 AM

very unquie’

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