James' 50th B-day Winestopper

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Project by Napaman posted 10-12-2009 04:57 AM 1948 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…sorry about the pictures…I was madly shining this one up and forgot to take pictures because I was in a hurry to get to the surprise party…wasnt going to post it until I realized the pictures from the Party turned out pretty good…

Meet my colleague James…a fellow history teacher and a truly good person…today was his surprise 50th B-day…as you can see from the picts he was surprised by his wife who had been e-mailing many of us for a couple weeks to set up his birthday at a local wine shop…it was a good time…

I made this for James because he truly loves good wine…and I wanted to make him a nice stopper. This was the first time I used one of these blanks from wood craft that laminated many thin strips of dyed woods…it looks really cool compared to how it starts out as the blank.

The stopper is stainless steel, large and heavy compared to many I use…so I wanted the stopper to be hefty…

The 3rd picture was when he came in the door…and just before FRANK who was hiding…and then he had just opened the package with the stopper when the cake came out…

Happy 50th James…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 05:22 AM

Very Nicely done! I’m sure he’ll cherish it for many many years .
Looks like you all had a great time.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 06:39 AM

Love it… what a thoughtful gift. I want to make something like this for my husband’s Godmother. She collects fine wines and they always open something nice for us at holiday meals.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#3 posted 10-12-2009 11:41 AM

Great looking, nicely made stopper. A perfect gift for a wine loving colleague.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-12-2009 11:56 AM

Cool laminations.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 10-12-2009 12:38 PM

Great surprise for a friend. The stopper is beautiful. Great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 10-12-2009 01:05 PM

H Napaman, Very cool stopper. Looks like a great gig. Where did you get that blank?

-- Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 10-12-2009 01:27 PM

nice work Matt.
Those lamintated blanks are pretty cool once turned down.

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#8 posted 10-12-2009 02:43 PM


Super Cool Stopper!! Looks like the party was a BLAST!!!


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

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#9 posted 10-12-2009 02:54 PM


Great stopper.

Great lamination.

Great friend.

Good Job all the way around!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#10 posted 10-12-2009 03:18 PM

Nice job Matt.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 10-12-2009 04:45 PM

Well done & he looks pretty pleased.

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#12 posted 10-12-2009 05:27 PM

Unique stopper well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 10-12-2009 06:03 PM

In my opinion, there is nothing better than receiving a useful gift from someone…..whether it is made from wood or what not. Every time you use it, you think of that person.

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

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#14 posted 10-12-2009 07:30 PM

Beautiful stopper and I love that wood lamination…...... perfect gift!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#15 posted 10-12-2009 08:23 PM

thanks everyone for all the nice comments…it was a nice party and James really liked it…he is one of the people who has always commented on my woodworking and asked me questions…so I really wanted to make him one…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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