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Project by Sawdust2 posted 05-04-2007 03:04 AM 1837 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbors are wine afficianodos (how ‘bout dat) so I decided to make some cork wine bottle stoppers. Then a few guys in the Wed nite group also decided to make some.

Taking a clue from Niki I made my own mandrel. Cost about $2.06.
That’s photo 1. A piece of 3/8 alllthread and three nuts. Right now the nub is 1/2 in ch but I think 3/4 is more likely where it will end up.

I drill a 5/16 hole and tap it with a 3/8 tap so is screws right on. It can go on without tapping the blank but it comes off easier if it is tapped;

I chose 3/8 because the hole in the cork is 3/8.
The stopper with the chrome base is a BereaHardwoods/Rockler stopper. That has a 1/4 in shaft so I used one of my friends mandrels to make that one.

Finish is micro mesh, HUT wax then carnauba wax.

Still playing with the designs.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.





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scottb

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#1 posted 05-04-2007 04:53 AM

great idea to make your own mandrel. Also what a great project to continuously play with new and free-form designs!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#2 posted 05-04-2007 05:10 AM

Nice Job. I agree they are pretty fun.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David

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#3 posted 05-04-2007 06:17 AM

Very nice job! I especially like sharing the design for the homemade mandrel.

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oscorner

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#4 posted 05-05-2007 05:38 AM

They look great. Thanks for explaining the process of using the mandrel.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 05-05-2007 05:44 PM

ahhh…another great gift idea for Napans!!! These COST A LOT in the wineries and gift shops!!

Yours look great!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Bill

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#6 posted 05-05-2007 06:05 PM

Very good XO. Maybe you could get those into a gift shop or two. It seems like most areas have a wine producing region, and they can always use things like stoppers, glass holders, wine racks.

Maybe Matt has some connections to help?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Sawdust2

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#7 posted 05-05-2007 06:12 PM

I’ve looked at many websites that show stoppers. And I’ve looked at the prices.
And I’ve also looked at the prices of the turning blocks they offer. Usually in the $2.50 to $5.00 range per 1.5” x 1.5” x 2.0” block.
I went to my local hardwood supplier this morning. I got a linear foot each of 8/4 goncalo alves, zebrawood, purpleheart and leopardwood. Widths varied.
Cost for each stopper block comes down to $0.91 for GC, $0.50 for zebrawood, $0.50 for purpleheart and $0.37 for leopardwood.
Plus I got a block of figured walnut for $4.75 that I figure I can get 8-10 blocks.
And I get to cut the 8/4 down to 6/4 and glue the offcuts into blocks for more pretty blocks.
Like Matt says these are usually pricey in the stores – usually $20-$35 ‘round here.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Bill

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#8 posted 05-05-2007 06:44 PM

Could be a good business to start, making stoppers and such on the side.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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WayneC

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#9 posted 05-06-2007 05:07 AM

I think Xavier’s examples hold true for other things as well. Take pen blanks for example. Much cheaper to buy the wood and cut them into blanks.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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