Wine bottle stoppers

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Project by rockmolsen posted 04-16-2017 08:43 PM 1149 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First attempt at the stoppers. Quite EZ actually. The process is simple. You do need a mandrel, I tried following instructions to make my own using a 3/8 bolt but was unable to make it run true? I ended up ordering mine from Craft Supplies.

It is 3/8×16 TPI. Using the Drill press, drill a 11/32” hole as deep as your stopper threads, tap with a 3/8 tap. Use a light coating of some thin CA glue to add strength to the threads. I used the mandrel inserted into the Jacobs chuck in the head stock of the lathe. Thread on your blank ( I was using 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” x 3” pieces). Turn to desired shape, sand to a least 600, I went to about 1800 and finish with some EEE and either thin CA glue or OB shine juice.

The woods here are Spectraply, Cherry, Pecan and a cherry burl.

Thanks for looking

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 04-16-2017 09:12 PM

Nice looking stoppers. I don’t use the metal stoppers when turning them, I use cork and a 3/8” dowel.

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#2 posted 04-16-2017 09:29 PM

My wife picked these up for me at recent Woodworking show. I need some low end not so expensive items at the craft shows I attend. So do you turn your stoppers between centers or how do you mount them?

Just visited Louisville (friends in Bardstown) this year. Went to Louisville Slugger factory and museum, watched them ( machines) turn bats.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 10:09 PM

Nice stoppers. The R & D must be expensive though. Emptying all those wine bottles for the testing phases.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 03:43 AM

Realy awesome scene for my eyes. The variety of shapes and colours amaize me.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 11:51 AM

A very fine variety of stoppers.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 04-18-2017 12:02 PM

very cool project

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 04-18-2017 06:44 PM

Rick, I drill a hole and glue in a dowel. Mount the dowel in my chuck and turn the stopper. Then trim the dowel and add the cork.

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