|Project by lew||posted 03-17-2009 06:08 PM||1914 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
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- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.