Segmented Bottle Stoppers

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Project by tyskkvinna posted 796 days ago 2143 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buyers have recently asked for some things that are a little different from what I have been offering. I am of course, happy to indulge and explore. Since rock maple is my primary medium for anything whenever possible (due to having near 6,000 BF of it) I naturally started exploring ways to use rock maple for this project, too.

I has to be laminated because my lumber is all 4/4 and 2” wide. Perfect for stripping down into single pens but not quite right for anything bigger. The first few stoppers I turned were laminated of maple only, and while they ended up looking nice enough, they were kind of plain and well… boring to me. I played around with some angles, which I ultimately decided was awesome.

I then took some pieces of thin stock and placed it in random places of the blank. These two stoppers each have maple, and one also has cedar. This is precisely what I was looking for! I like the contrast of the band, and it is simple enough to do that it does not add any significant time to the production.

This will be part of a series where I will just take whatever appealing pieces thin scrap I have laying around and will add them into the blanks as I go and see what happens. Nice to have another item in the inventory and one that is a little more creative in the creation process than I usually need to be.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 796 days ago

You are doing very nice work. I hope you are inspiring others of your generation to do the same.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 796 days ago

Thank you!

In fact, I have been teaching quite a few people how to do various parts of woodworking and they all love it. At least here in Grand Rapids, I am making sure that the art form lives on another generation or two. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 796 days ago

great work and keep passing it on and remember it all comes back some way

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#4 posted 796 days ago

Great looking stoppers…............Jim

ps.Ii like the new pic on your home site!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 795 days ago

Your stoppers look great. Have you considered laminating them at an angle? LOL I read your forum post… The idea of putting a supporting dowel should help a lot. Most of the things I carve or turn are laminated and so far, only one has caused chip out at the joint. The glue held, but the grain chipped away when the chisel was cutting into it. (end grain glue up) If you use your bandsaw to hand cut a curve on some of the laminated blanks at 45 degrees. Then laminate a thin sheet of veneer the angled curve in the blank would make a stopper that looked very artistic.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 795 days ago

I have a tiny bandsaw (A Ryobi) and it doesn’t quite have the “oomph” required to cut maple this thick.. I’ve tried a few times.. So I am left cutting with the table saw and mitre saw, but between the two I can do some pretty interesting things.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#7 posted 795 days ago

Those will look very nice on a good bottle of wine.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 795 days ago

Nice, Lis!
I really like the way the stopper taper mirrors the wood taper.
Next time you need stoppers, try

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

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#9 posted 788 days ago

Nice job, very classy and attrative, 6k rock maple, sounds like many projects are on the way, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 731 days ago

Beautiful work. Would like nice in my bottle of Sharaz I have just opened after finding this project.

-- Harold

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#11 posted 731 days ago

Those are both nice Lis. With your R.Maple abundance, you might try the same as these but with ALL Maple pieces. Have the thin strips cross grain and the rest long grain. Then do burn lines at the joints. You might like the chatoyance of the crossgrain beside the long grain. Hey, I might try this myself.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 681 days ago

Very nice work you do. What state are you in?

-- Leonard H.

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