Wine stoppers

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Project by LesB posted 09-18-2009 10:15 PM 2329 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 11:35 PM

These are really COOL!!! I really like the little wine bottle and wine glass ones.

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

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#2 posted 09-19-2009 01:38 AM

What will we be sampling to need all these stoppers? Merlot? Madeira? Port? ;0)

They look great!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 09-19-2009 02:40 AM

nice job, they all look great.

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#4 posted 09-19-2009 02:44 AM

That’s a good variety, good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 09-19-2009 03:14 AM

Great job, it looks like I will be borrowing your ideas :) I’ve never thought of doing one like the ones on the left, great idea.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#6 posted 09-19-2009 07:30 AM

Great turnings. Like all the different designs. (especially the shrooms!) Very unique styles and a good veriaty for all occasions. Thanks for the tip on the dowel for the silicone post. Sounds like it will be a lot more sturdy.

Keep it up,


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 09-19-2009 06:31 PM

Thanks for the kind comments but doesn’t anyone have any other design ideas.
Looking back at my picture I probably should have shown one with the wood dowel exposed.

I usually make a bunch about this time of year because they make great hostess gifts for holiday parties and other occasions.

I also want to try some of those segmented designs that LJ “darryl” makes but that will take some time and patients.

-- Les B, Oregon

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