Bottle Stoppers by First Time Wood Turner

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Project by Mikemccind posted 09-13-2017 09:03 PM 459 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempts at bottle stoppers using my new Jet lathe and after getting a days training at my local Woodcraft store. I used some maple dowel scraps I had lying around. Mounted them on a Morse taper turning mandrel after boring a 5/16” dia. tap hole in the end. The stoppers proved to be nice small projects allowing me as a new turner to gain experience with the various tools and the spindle turning process. The stoppers are approx 1-3/8” dia x 2-1/2” long. I used purchased 304 stainless steel and nitrile o-ring bottle stopper corks that thread into the taped hole from the mandrel mounting. The finish I applied is Myland’s Friction Polish with a final buffing of paste wax. I used a burning wire on the one stopper to create the black bands after sanding but before I applied the finish.

-- Mike, North Webster, IN

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#1 posted 09-13-2017 10:14 PM

Nice looking stoppers!!


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#2 posted 09-14-2017 12:25 AM

Neat; I do like the “burned?” rings on the 2nd one very much.

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#3 posted 09-14-2017 06:27 PM

These bottle stoppers look great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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