|Project by Scott Oldre||posted 01-20-2013 02:40 PM||1315 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
Always seem to be behind the curve when getting ready for Christmas. Something always jumps in and steals those hours designated for shop time. So this year, I decided to get a head start and thought I’d try to do a bottle stopper or two. When I saw they had a sale on them at PennState, I figured I might as well order a few since I had quite a few gifts to get ready.
Found that they were 3/8 16 TPI, so went to Lowes and got a small 6” length of threaded rod. Came home, chucked up a chunk of unused block ( I can’t call anything I have as scrap unless it’s sawdust) and drilled a 5/16” hole, ran a 3/8 16 tap into that hole, then screwed the threaded rod into the block with a little super glue. Then whacked off everything but a little less than an inch from the block. Instant mandrel.
Looked for some more unsued blocks in the shop and came up with some pallet wood (Brazilian cherrry or jatoba), some bocote, and some more pallet wood (the white pieces) that is extremely hard and turns great, and finally one chunk of Canarywood. Chucked them, drilled them and tapped them. Screwed them on the mandrel and let the wood speak. Sometimes I have a hard time realizing that less can definitely be more in design, so I have a few that I wish I’d have stopped earlier with the turning, but I still think they’ll all pass as cherished gifts when the season rolls around again.
They are all sanded to 600grit, then Triple E, then two coats of Mylands Friction polish. Now I just have to find cheap boxes for them. No time to make that many boxes by hand.
Thanks for looking
-- Scott, Irmo SC