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Project by itsme_timd posted 02-13-2008 10:53 PM 1465 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple wine stoppers I made recently.

First time working with both Redheart and Olive Wood – I was amazed that Olive Wood has a very strong olive fragrance when turning!

Right now I’m giving away about everything I make, my neighbors love me…

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA





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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 11:28 PM

I like the designs. I just bought my first lathe and pick it up Sunday morning. I think stuff like this would go over great as gifts.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Scott Wilson

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#2 posted 02-13-2008 11:36 PM

I have never turned before but seeing all these beautiful stoppers, corkscrews, and pens I am considering looking for a lathe myself. Hopefully, the neighbors share the wine that the stopper stops!

-- Scott Wilson - Bear with me, I'm learning!

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 12:40 AM

I’ll ditto Scott’s post. As I see these turning posts I am beginning to realize what I have been missing by not having a lathe.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 12:55 AM

Maybe you could build up a wine collection Tim if Scott is on the mark. I like the olive wood, haven’t turned it yet but I have heard it is good to work with.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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scottb

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 01:09 AM

Now I’m intrigued to try turning some olive wood myself.

Question about doing the stoppers – I got a few sets recently, but they didn’t come with instructions and I”m having a heck of a time getting them threaded so I can use the threaded mandrel that came with. If I chuck it in the lathe it works, but only if I cut off the first 1/2 inch or so. (and getting it square to the hole seems like a fools errand.) Should I be using a drill or drill press, or ??? so I can tap and go.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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darryl

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 01:24 AM

I’m having the same issues as you scottb. I picked up some kits in early dec and just haven’t had the cash to get a drill chuck and tap.

hopefully in the next couple weeks!

Your stoppers do look nice timd. what did you use for a finish?

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Don Niermann

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 03:58 AM

The mandrel is 1/4 – 20. So if you use a 13/64 drill and #7 tap it will go togeather just fine. It will not come out but a little epoxy will keep it in forever.

-- WOOD/DON (...one has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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itsme_timd

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 05:05 AM

Thanks all.

Each of these stoppers had a different size threaded arbor. I drilled the hole in the blank and then screwed it into the arbor. The arbor automatically “taps” the blank and then you can glue it up on the stopper.

The finish is pretty simple. I use 150-400 grit sandpaper then EEE Ultrashine followed by Shellawax friction polish. I also personally use a beeswax and orange oil treatment I bought at HD, it gives it a little more shine – but you get great finish without it as well.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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rikkor

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 11:47 AM

Nice work. Here’s one I made out of Tulipwood.

Stopper

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lance

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 04:42 PM

Great job ! The olive wood sounds interesting.

Have you considered doing a step-by-step blog for the rest of us. We just got a lathe and I suspect this could be a good way for us to get started.

Have a great day,

-- Bob Lance, DE

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itsme_timd

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 05:04 PM

Well, I’m a newbie myself but I’d be glad to blog my process. I’ll make another one soon and take more pics along the way.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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scottb

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#12 posted 02-15-2008 06:14 AM

I’ve drilled first, but the tap seems to spin out some for the depth of the tap before it “takes” i can just push it in and pull it out, if I cut off the first part, then it’ll screw in as intended. Should I be tapping manually? What am I doing wrong?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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itsme_timd

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#13 posted 02-15-2008 07:02 AM

Scott, I had a guy at Rockler tell me today to manually tap the blank before screwing it on the arbor. The stoppers I’ve done so hard have 2 arbor sizes, not sure exact size. The larger of the 2 self taps when you thread the blank on and holds it tight with no wobble.

The smaller one doesn’t seem to hold very well with this method, I was going to try manually tapping it first. If you try this let me know how it works. Thanks.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#14 posted 02-18-2008 03:05 AM

Thanks,

hmmm… how to use the tap I have manually…. think think think

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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itsme_timd

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#15 posted 02-18-2008 05:28 AM

Scott… it was suggested to me to head to HD and get a small tap and die set, tap the blank and then thread it onto the arbor. Not sure of this helps or not but best of luck!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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