Bottle Stoppers

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Project by TDW posted 03-15-2011 07:56 PM 1897 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I borrowed someone this idea of using state Quarters from someone else on LumberJocks. The three pictured are Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The stoppers are made from Redhart, Hickory and Mahogany. I tried the nicer looking metal stoper bottoms but found that they would not stay in the bottles tight, this kind really work. The stand is from Walnut.
These are to set out to look pretty so I also include a picture of the one that is actually used it is made from Virginia Creeper and I put a cork end on it. Although the cork end works well I do not recommend using them. They don’t look as nice and they become disclolred after the first use.

-- Tom, Ky.,

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 08:00 PM

Nice Job!

The idea of the state quarters could be enhanced by using the “state tree” wood as well.

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

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 10:17 PM

You might have seen them on my page as I have been producing and selling these for a little over two years. I got the idea from a 75+ year old woodworker in Portland Oregon around three years ago. It is getting harder to find real nice quarters (especially specific states). I have used the metal stopper from Rockler but at $6 a pop I find it hard to get the $ return. A superior product but too much for my customers. I have heard of complaints of the chrome staining or after not much use the chrome peeling but I haven’t run into it yet. What I use now is a cork from A bag of 50 costs $25 and they’re already drilled to accept a 3/8” dowel. In making these you are only limited by your imagination. No two are alike and when you mix and match customeres buy many at a time. A GREAT use for scraps. How did you finish yours? I oil and then use the 3 way buff & polish system to finish them off. Now that the new National Park coins are being minted you and I have a whole new game to play. I really like your stand and I may have to “BORROW” that thought to sell along with my stoppers. I use something like that for display.

Nice work . There are a multitude of ideas here on LJ. Like fellow LJ Taidsturning (Bill Roberts) says -—Steal one idea it’s called plagerism. Steal a bunch – it’s called research. Research is alive and well and is permissable.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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