Bottle Stoppers - My first lathe projects

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Project by hotrodadcox posted 12-01-2012 02:28 PM 1328 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempts at bottle stoppers, the second photo of 9 stoppers went to a fund raiser for my brother in law who passed away. The first photo shows some stoppers that cover the bottle neck, I did not like the cork/silicone stopper showing above the bottle. I did get to make a some captive rings in the second group, tried some wire burning, and generally tried as manny techniques as possible.

I included a little Christmas theme in one, can you guess which one!!! The tall one in the back was a very light color, so I held a rag on the wood and let it burn to darken the wood,

I am having a ball on the lathe, never thought it would bee such fun.

-- hotrodjohn, colorado

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 06:50 PM

Great start. They make great hostess gifts.
I prefer to use the poly sleeves over a 1/2” dowell insert instead of the cork stoppers. They are easier to clean, replaceable, seal tighter so white wine can be laid on it’s side in the fridge. I just drill a 1/2” hole in the blank and glue in a maple dowel. Mount the blank using the dowel as the handle, and when done trim it to length to slip the poly sleeve over it. By the way the maple/birch dowel is often stronger than the wood I’m turning so it won’t break off on the lathe.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 10:36 AM

How did you connect the cork to the wood?

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#3 posted 12-04-2012 01:26 PM

The cork is connected to the wood using a dowel, I used cork from the craft store, and drilled a 3/8 hole thru it and ca glued it in, then a matching hole in the stopper and glued that in.

-- hotrodjohn, colorado

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 02:54 PM

Great looking stoppers!
If you ever decide to use the stainless steel type, try this site-

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

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