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banksia pod wine bottle stopper

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Project by wood_maestro posted 03-15-2013 12:29 AM 1599 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year and half ago my local Wood craft store had Banksia Pods on sale. So,I bought a couple of large pods thinking that I would eventually make something out of them. Well, they sat and sat in my shop for a long time collecting dust. I just could not come up with anything useful. I guess I was suffering from woodworker’s Block!!
A few weeks ago, my brother-in-law stopped by and as we were drinking wine he asked me if I could make him a couple of bottle stoppers . So I decided to do so using THE PODS. What do you know, I not only discovered a sickness (Woodworker’s Block) I also came up with a cure(Glass of Merlot and a slice of Cheddar).
Now the construction detail:
The top is part of a Banksia pod
The middle is made out of Cherry with a round tenon that fits into a mortise in the Pod.
Finish is CA glue with no accelerator because of staining problems
Overall I was happy with results and my brother-in-law was very very happy.
Thanks for looking all comments (good, bad, funny) are welcomed.

-- wood maestro....... Be Well, Do good work, and Stay in touch





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jeff

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#1 posted 03-15-2013 02:00 AM

looks nice but what is a Banksia Pod?...

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 03:13 PM

Very cool!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#3 posted 03-15-2013 08:00 PM

Neat use for one of these. I actually won one as part of my clubs raffle at some point. I still have no idea what to do with it.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Muz

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#4 posted 03-17-2013 02:18 AM

Looks nice

banksia pods are a seed pod off a banksia tree.

I have had the same idea as this. picked a bunch of the pods off the ground a month ago. Just haven’t got around to it yet.

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 01:18 PM

Like it, turned out really beautiful, unique and interesting with the holes. Great job!

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 08:11 AM

I know this is a year old – but you may still be monitoring…..
Did you use the cherry for looks or are banksia pods too weak to take a thread?

-- Don't anthropomorphasize your power tools - they hate that!

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