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Project by lew posted 03-17-2009 06:08 PM 1914 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A birthday present for my brother in California. Cheap, I know, but what else do you give to a guy in California- who has everything?

Got the Stainless Steel stoppers from Craft Supplies USA. The turned top is Walnut and Maple. Finish is a bunch of coats of gloss wipe on Poly.

I thought about buying the mandrel sold by Craft Supply but after receiving the stoppers I realized the threads were standard 3/8 by 16. I had a 4” x 3/8 hex bolt so I cut off the head of the bolt to a length it would bottom out in my lathe’s Jacobs chuck with a little bit of the unthreaded shaft still exposed. Threaded on a nut and added the 5/16” flat washer (this size just fit snugly over the bolt with little play). The less than $1 mandrel! The instruction, with the stoppers, call for a hole that was a bit over sized. I drilled a 5/16” hole and then used a standard 3/8” x 16 bottom tap to create the threads for the stopper. Threading into end grain can be a bit tricky as the grain tends to tear out. Patience is rewarded.

Thanks for looking!

Lew

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





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 06:20 PM

That about a hand-made wine stopper more than I give my brother for his birthday. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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PGreene

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 07:03 PM

I did the exact same thing for my mandrel! Nice to know someone else can be as cheap as I can! How did you do the maple inlays?

-- Patrick

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lew

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 07:25 PM

Patrick,

Thanks for the compliment :^)

And the inlays- stole the idea from a fellow lumberjock:

http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Kerux/blog/4272

Lew

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

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itsme_timd

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 07:49 PM

Very neat Lew, I was wondering about the inlays as well. So this idea will now be 3rd generation stolen when I use it!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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mmh

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 08:05 PM

Very nicely done. Nothing “cheap” looking about this gift. I’d take one for my birthday . . . (hint, hint) }:)~

-- "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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Edward E Nock II

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 08:28 PM

Lew….WhenI saw the Wine Stopper, I said how in the H—l did he do that, but when I went to the referenced web site it looks so simple. It’s amazing what alittle brain power can do. Fantastic!!!!! I have gotten so many ideas from LJ that I think there’s no way I’ll be able to absorb it all. thanks for sharing.

ED

-- ED NOCK

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Karson

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#7 posted 03-17-2009 09:36 PM

Lew : A great idea that you’ve incorperated here. I had missed the referenced inlay blog. This is a great stopper.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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rikkor

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#8 posted 03-17-2009 09:45 PM

I like the wine stopper. Well done.

As a suggestion, get a washer the size of the top of the stopper blank and turn down to it as if it were a pen bushing.

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lew

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#9 posted 03-18-2009 12:04 AM

rikkor,

Thanks for the idea! This is the first one of the stainless steel type I have used and realized- after I prepared the blank- the stopper top is not flat. On the next one, I will recess the bottom of the turning slightly to make the fit between the metal and wood more “seamless”.

Lew

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

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Napaman

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#10 posted 03-18-2009 12:46 AM

i love it!!! and the mandrel is a great idea!!!

Have you used the “Ultra Shine EEE” products??? There is a paste that is used as a final sanding step…and then a polish that you use while the lathe spins…not at home right now so cant look for the exact names but they are great finishers…so good i was thinking of writing a review…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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lew

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#11 posted 03-18-2009 03:01 AM

Matt,

This is the first time I have used wipe on ploy. All my other kitchen projects, that get a gloss finish were done with water based poly- for safety concerns. I’ll have to give the Ultra Shine a try!

Thanks

Lew

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

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darryl

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#12 posted 03-18-2009 05:01 AM

lew this looks great. I like the look of the inlays. I’ve been considering making a stopper with the celtic knot design.

This was the inspiration I needed to go complete a topper I’ve been thinking of for a few days now, thanks!

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amos

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#13 posted 03-19-2009 06:15 AM

I”ll drink to that..nice job lew…all we need now is someone to stomp on the grapes!!

-- amos

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lew

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#14 posted 03-20-2009 03:30 AM

Thanks for all the kind words and suggestions, they are truly appreciated.

Rikkor, got the washer you suggested and have it sizes. Will try to turn another stopper this weekend using your thoughts.

Lew

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

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