My first lathe project, bottle stopper

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Project by jfk4032 posted 09-14-2012 01:09 AM 2009 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been collected a lot of green wood from a variety of sources for almost a year now waiting for my shop to be expanded so I can start using my lathe. Some of the wood I gathered was from my golf club and I wanted to make a thank you gift for our course superintendent who put aside some of the wood for me last WInter. This bottle stopper is for him.

The bottle stopper seemed like an easy way to get started into lathe work and I used black walnut. The dark color of this wood contrasted well with our golf course logo ball marker. I sanded the stopper to 600 grit, applied and buffed in a layer of pure tung oil and then buffed it further with the Beall 3 step buffing system which I really like. I then applied the ball marker with some CA and voila, I’m now a wood turner! Can’t wait to dig deeper into this artform.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 01:10 AM

Sweet job on that stopper!

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

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 01:21 AM

Lathe work is still on my “yet to try” list. Someday it is coming.

Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 01:24 AM

I’ll use some of the wood you sent me this Fall on some stoppers. Hope all is well with you.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 07:54 AM

Great job! I like how the transition from wood to stopper hardware is spot on. Did you use a mandrel and bushing or did you measure with calipers to get it that close?

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#5 posted 09-18-2012 11:14 AM

Hi Courto,
Yes I did use a mandrel on this stopper…being my first lathe project, I’m certainly not that good to make one without it! This mandrel was the Penn State Industries bottle stopper mandrel to match up to their stainless steel stopper model BS10S.

I ordered Ruth Niles’ bottle stopper kit yesterday which includes a mandrel that is self-tapping, a shortened matching drill bit and 10 of her great stainless steel stoppers. If you’re just getting started like I am, Ruth is a great resource and seems more than happy to pass on her knowledge and expertise…she actually prefers to speak with her clients over the phone and has called me back when I’ve left a message on two different occasions.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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