Stoppers - Mixed Quality of Hardware

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Project by USCJeff posted 11-12-2011 01:37 AM 1024 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to go ahead and give these a shot. They were fun, but not something I’d want to do frequently as it is fairly simple unless you get crazy with carving.

Two stoppers are pictured and use the same Rockler Chrome Hardware. The Rosewood Stopper (Pic 3) had issues. The Chrome finish flaked for some unknown reason. It was in contact with a vinegar and oil based salad dressing and that really shouldn’t be corrosive by any means. The plastic stopper has had no issues. It had contact with olive oil, but is now just used at my parent’s house as a decorative top.

I haven’t had issues with Rockler before, so I’m betting it was a fluke of some sort. Still looks good as long is it’s in a bottle that doesn’t show the tip.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 10:46 PM

Chrome plated stoppers will flake if left in contact with wine or vinegar. It’s not a Rockler issue. They all do it. For any stoppers that might be left in contact with acidic liquids, you gotta go with solid stainless.

-- Yussef, Philadelphia,

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 11:00 PM

Here is the lady you want to contact for bottle stoppers. She is super to work with and has several other lathe/turning devices that are really cool. Her name is Ruth Niles and her website is-

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

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