|Project by WoodChuck84||posted 10-15-2010 03:46 AM||3095 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
A while back I was placing an order from Penn State. I noticed that the bottle stopper chuck was on sale 30% off, so I figured what the heck. So I used the drill bit that came with it and prepared a blank, only to discover that the bit size was a wee bit too large. I found a slightly smaller bit and grabbed a piece of poplar, prepared the blank, turned it, and all was well. Now stupid sets in. Since the first one went so well, I decided to turn some purpleheart stoppers. I used the same bit, but the purpleheart is a bit more dense than poplar. My senses should have kicked in when I had to use some fierce torque to thread the blank, but I just bucked down and got in on. After turning the stopper I discovered the upsetting truth—it was stuck real good. So here are my questions for anyone who uses the bottle stopper chuck:
1. What size drill bit works best?
2. Assuming you don’t have to use pliers to get the stopper off the chuck, do you do anything special to keep your hands from marring the finish?
In an unrelated matter of stupidity, the bottle stopper chuck was sort of an impulse buy, so stupid me didn’t order any stopper kits. So…
3. Which style stopper bottom do your customers like best: high profile, low profile, classic, vintage, gold, chrome, stainless, or cork?
Any other suggestions, comments, or advice is welcome.
-- Hello, my name is Jarrod and I am a woodaholic.