Football designed bottle stopper

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Project by jfk4032 posted 01-04-2016 03:18 PM 1238 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the football playoffs here I thought I’d post this new design I came up with for some recent holiday gifts. The Patriots stopper was made from black walnut with an ebony football tee and a verawood (Argentine Lignum Vitae) turf base. I countersunk a golf ball marker which was very challenging to find/align and to accurately hit the center in all 3 axises. The Redskins’ versions were basically the same except I used Plum Pudding Mahogany for the football…who came up with that name?

Although it’s extremely oily and difficult to work with (see the 3rd picture after just touching it to the spinning piece on the lathe) I love the color of verawood after it sits in the sunlight for a couple of weeks, it turns a real dark green. The only wood I’ve worked with that changes to the positive with sunlight/UV exposure and real quickly to boot. The 4th and 5th picture was just after finishing on the lathe and the last picture is 5 days later…you can see the drastic color change that fast!

I used two part epoxy to attach the football to the tee. Let’s go Skins!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 01-04-2016 04:04 PM

Love them, very interested in how you made the shape. Great work. Getting lathe next week or so when jet has there sale. Look fwd to,projects like this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-04-2016 06:16 PM

Hey Ken, check your PM, I sent you a quick run-through of how I made these…if anyone else is interested, just let me know.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#3 posted 01-04-2016 09:33 PM

Very cool…......well done.
Where did you find the team-logo insert?

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 01-04-2016 09:37 PM

Those are golf ball markers and you can find them online at many places for virtually any sports team out there, got mine through Amazon…

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#5 posted 01-04-2016 11:50 PM

Great Job! If these aren’t too difficult, I would be interested in the info on how you made them. I just got a new lathe and am a very beginner but think these would make some great gifts.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 01-05-2016 12:03 AM

What awesome gifts these would make. Are these your designs Joel?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 01-05-2016 12:17 AM

Yes Lee, this was a design I came up with, the first prototype was too large for a bottle stopper, maybe I can repurpose that one into a tree ornament for next year. :)

John, here’s a quick run through:

I started with (4) .75” square blanks 6 ” long. I used turners tape to secure the four bars together to form the full turning blank. Put one end into a chuck and on the tailstock end tape around the square perimeter the last one inch end for extra safety and use live center positioned at the middle 4 corners intersection of the four pieces. Turn the football shape and sand as much as you can and then part off. Label each segment with a number 1 to 4. Pop it in the microwave on high for 10-15 seconds to make the 4 segments easier to remove from each other from the turners tape. Sand down all of the hard edges of the 4 segments to give the football its seamed look and then glue them back together in the same position 1 to 4 to form the football. Then very carefully clamp the glued up football piece into a drill press vice making sure all three axises are perpendicular to each other relative to the drill bit and drill table and drill the hole with a forstner bit just deep enough that the thinnest border walls allow the golf ball marker to be under the surface. Different golf ball markers have different diameters so test the particular one you have before drilling for a tight fit…some are unusual sizes and you may have to buy a specific 64th fraction drill bit as I did for a good fit. Glue the tee piece to the turf piece together and then turn both round…I use the Ruth Niles bottle stopper self tapping Mandrel and love it as well as her stainless steel bottle stoppers. I finished with the Beall buffing system which I would also highly recommend. I used two part epoxy to glue the football onto the tee/turf base.

Good luck and let me know if you need anything else.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#8 posted 01-16-2016 07:55 PM

Very cool Joel, great idea.

-- Carl Jacobson

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