Segmented Bottle Stoppers

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Project by tyskkvinna posted 05-27-2012 10:56 PM 2700 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 05-27-2012 11:09 PM

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.

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 11:28 PM

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 05-27-2012 11:51 PM

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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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-28-2012 01:12 AM

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 05-28-2012 10:25 AM

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 05-28-2012 12:38 PM

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 05-28-2012 08:45 PM

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

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

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#8 posted 05-29-2012 12:58 AM

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 06-04-2012 06:19 PM

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 07-31-2012 04:55 AM

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 07-31-2012 05:13 AM

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 09-20-2012 12:55 AM

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

-- Leonard H.

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