Christmas 2013 started - So this is what BS's are all about

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 578 days ago 1039 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 578 days ago

Wow. They look great!

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#2 posted 578 days ago

Great work on these attractive BS’s Scott, and good thinking on the mandrel too. I think many of us have our woodworking Christmas gift plans go awry, maybe because we underestimate all the other holiday preparations like shopping with the wife, decorating the house, etc, etc. Every year I say that I will start early, but it never seems to happen.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 577 days ago

Stopping up for Christmas in January ! Wait until Costco gets a look at this. Right now they hold off ‘til August !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 577 days ago

Nice collection. People love these. Keep turning!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 577 days ago

They are all beautiful and great gift ideas. Like the design, finish and the wood. Great job!


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Scott Oldre

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#6 posted 576 days ago

Thanks everyone. Sad thing about these bottle stoppers is that they only take a couple minutes and they’re done, but on the flip side, they take a couple minutes and they’re done :) I have one more stopper to do. Oh, forgot, the two closest to the left end is Argentine Lignum Vitae

Thanks again Scott.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 576 days ago

Amaizing collection

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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phillip butler

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#8 posted 575 days ago

good looking group. thanks for the info re. homemade mandrel. im tired of buying expensive but cheaply made ones. i wioll use your suggestion. thanks

-- phil, nevada

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#9 posted 575 days ago

Good head start for Christmas 2013. I understand your frustration as I have not yet started on Christmas 2012 presents.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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