Bottle stopper display

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Project by Sawdust2 posted 06-14-2007 04:24 AM 2406 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been having some fun turning these bottle stoppers.

Not in any particular order there are:
Osage orange, tulip wood, walnut burl, leopard wood, canary wood, fao paulo. zebra wood and spalted maple.
The spalted maple was made by a friend who dropped a few logs in his backyard stream for 3 1/2 years

The stands are made of red oak 3/4’ base. 1/2” back and 1/4” top. Each piece is beveled at 5 degrees so the top is sort of cantilevered over the bottom

The stoppers on the top shelf have stainless steel bases which won’t react with the wine. The bottom are either cork or silicone, which also will not react with the wine.

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

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#1 posted 06-14-2007 05:36 AM

I agree bottle stoppers are fun. I made some for christmas presents last year. They are posted in my projects if your interested.

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

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#2 posted 06-14-2007 08:36 AM

Nice turnings. i keep threatening myself to get a lathe. One caveat, be careful working with spalted woods. The dust is toxic. Another problem is that they shouldnt be used for wine, which needs to be refrigerated, and the wood stoppers arent fridge friendly. They should be used to stopprd hard spirits which can or are displayed. Many already come with cork stoppers so replacing them with your great work is a given.

-- Dan

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#3 posted 06-14-2007 05:57 PM

I can attest to the spalted wood toxicity. a few months back I had to go to the eye Dr to get an anti fungal eye drop my eyes almost swelled shut. Check out my old blogs about it. Nice bottle stops. jockmike

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

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#4 posted 06-14-2007 06:24 PM

Those are some very nice tops. What does that stamp say? Handcrafted by LEE store?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 06-14-2007 06:25 PM

Nice turnings. I’ve never done any stoppers or such. I’ve mostly restricted myself to bowls and little hollow forms. I’m taking a shot at some turned boxes, but these stoppers are really nice. My father and wife are always putting foil over the wine bottle. I might have to turn some of these.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-14-2007 06:45 PM

JM and HOG (how about that!) Thanks for the warning on spalted wood problems. I have taken to wearing a mask, probably shoud use a ventilator (respirator. filtered mask) Never thought about getting sawdust in my eyes because I wear glasses. I do know that using CA glue to close up some open pores causes LOTS of eye and nose irritation.

OS, check my profile.

BTW HOG, I understand that red wine gets refrigerated and white does not, or vice versa. I don’t drink so I don’t keep track of what gets served with what and at what temperature. I will make sure to tell the proprietor of the liquor store to promote them for hard liquor, too.

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

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#7 posted 06-14-2007 07:37 PM

Cool turnings. Art work at it’s finest.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 06-15-2007 12:14 AM

Very nice… where is that corkscrew….?

-- Bob

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#9 posted 06-15-2007 12:42 AM

Very nice turnings, I have an old lathe, but haven’t taken the time to turn anything as of yet…maybe ine day I’ll be able to turn something as nice as yours stoppers…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#10 posted 06-15-2007 07:58 AM

really cool…i like the one on the bottom…4th from right…another project that makes me want to learn how to use a lathe!!!!!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 06-16-2007 06:14 AM

Well Matt, you got the new shop smith….. : ^ )

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

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#12 posted 07-09-2007 07:07 AM

Little late in getting in on this one. Nice stoppers. I’m not sure about the refrigerator friendliness of the stoppers but I can guarantee they’re not dishwasher safe!! I guess I should qualify that in the satisfaction guarantee, huh? ;)


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#13 posted 11-13-2007 08:47 PM

nice turnings…...........

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#14 posted 07-12-2009 06:25 AM

That explains everything.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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