|Project by GatorJack||posted 08-07-2013 04:50 PM||724 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This being my first time to post a project, I will attempt to convey the story and not bore everyone.
My company has a large United Way fund raising effort that includes an auction.
You can donate anything from services to merchandise. Most donations are items people have that they don’t want – regifting of sorts.
I decided that I would make something to donate and hope that it sells.
I choose Bottle Stoppers.
I used the Chrome Stoppers sold at Rockler. I have a mini-lathe that I used with a couple turning tools.
For wood, I went to the local hardwood lumber yard and selected a variety of woods which they sold me 1 to 2 foot lengths from 2X8 boards. I cut the 2X8 pieces into 2X2 (roughly) pieces on my table saw, and then cut approximately 3 inch lengths for my blanks. I selected what they had in stock that day – Mahogany, Black Walnut, Cherry, Maple, & Hickory. I also used a limb from a Cedar tree in my back yard as one of my blanks.
For me turning is a new, immature skill. So I start a piece and see where it takes me.
Sometimes I have a general idea of what I want to create, but it takes its course and then I determine I have a finished product.
After turning was complete, I sanded the piece while still on the lathe. I started with rough sandpaper and after 3 stages of finer grits, I ended with 600 grit.
I then applied a paste wax, allowed it to dry and buffed it with a rag, again while all still on the lathe.
This was an experimental process. I tried several methods for my finish. I applied wax, then dried with a hair dryer, waxed then rested a couple minutes and let it dry, I buffed with a rag on the lathe, and I buffed using a bench grinder with a buffing wheel. I feel my best result came from buffing with the rag on the lathe (hair dryer didn’t seem to add any value). Better gloss, more even finish. I usually put on 4 to 5 coats of wax.
The results are in the pictures attached. I completed 8 Stoppers and the auction begins next week. Starting bid is $10 each, so we’ll see how it goes.
I have some questions yet to be resolved. When cutting off the end opposite the mandrel, I “burned” the wood a couple times. Need to figure out how to avoid that. Also, my turning tool skills need some work. I am not able to get to real small diameters. But I will practice and ask lots of questions.
-- Jack, Atlanta