|Project by LesB||posted 09-18-2009 10:15 PM||2078 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
Here is a set of wine stoppers I recently made. I’m always looking for new designs so anyone else making some unique designs be sure to post your work so we can borrow your ideas (-;
I have found a quick and easy to make them with the siliconl caps is to use 1/2” dowels for the stem. I tried turning a spur for the silicon caps but it often with the spur twisting off on softer wood. I found hard maple dowels save time and seldom get damaged in the turning process. Bore a hole in the wood blank glue in a piece of dowel, mount it on the lathe chuck and turn your shape. Apply your finish and then trim the dowel to length and slip the silicon cap on.
The two stoppers on the left came about after my wife complained that the tall stoppers would not fit upright in the refrigerator. So I counter bored the blank with a 1 1/4 inch Forstner bit to the depth of the silicon stopper. Then bored my 1/2” hole about 1/2” deep in the bottom glued in the maple dowel and proceeded from there. Worked great but doesn’t allow for a lot of design features.
The metal plugs look great but we have found that you don’t always fit tight and you can’t lay the tall bottles down in the fridge as you can with the silicone caps.
-- Les B, Oregon