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Alder and Purpleheart Bottle Stopper

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Project by Tim Dorcas posted 11-10-2008 05:46 AM 1777 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did something funny. I bought a couple of bottle stoppers but I forgot to buy the mandrel. This past week, I finally decided to buy the mandrel so I could make a couple for Christmas gifts. In anticipation of making them I started searching the Internet for different designs. Honestly I could not find a shape that really appealed to me. Even though I will probably give them away I wanted something that once on would fit in my refrigerator. I also wanted something that functionally would be easy to pull out.

Not even realizing I would be using them, I made a bunch of Purpleheart button inlays. This automatically led to design you see. After making a few more I realized this was the best form of the bunch. The proportions are good and I like the way the Alder flares off from the stopper. A couple of the ones I made later did not have this and the form suffered (see the last picture). I did perfect the inlay in later renditions.

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Tim

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#1 posted 11-10-2008 05:54 AM

Classy and elegant…

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2008 01:28 AM

Beautiful!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 11-11-2008 02:01 AM

those do look pretty cool.
I’m hoping to get a couple made before the end of the year.

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#4 posted 11-11-2008 06:19 AM

very cool….

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#5 posted 11-12-2008 01:08 AM

I’m with you, great design on these. Nice photography as well!

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#6 posted 11-12-2008 02:31 AM

You are right on with form and function. So many of the stoppers are too tall. Really pretty!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#7 posted 11-12-2008 05:11 AM

Great design. It is rare to see a bottle stopped that flares out so wide from the metal stopper. I like this a lot and it is truly original. The inlay is just gravy on top of that too.

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#8 posted 01-12-2010 04:39 AM

Thanks Tim for your modernistic design. When I turned my stoppers I just winged it, I love too to mix the wood.

-- I get out to the shop when Ryan lets me. Arggggggggggg

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#9 posted 01-12-2010 04:40 AM

great looking. beautiful design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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