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Dudley

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01-13-2010 09:14 PM

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What size dowel do you folks use for turning bottle stoppers using regular tapered corks. TKS Dudley

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.


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reggiek

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 09:18 PM

It depends on what shape you want to make….I usually look at a minimal size of a square over 3” X 3”...remember you can always reduce the size easily – increasing requires a lot more effort.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Dudley

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 09:25 PM

reggick: I’m asking about the dowel that you glue in the end of the block to chuck up on and to mount the cork when done turning. TKS 3/8—5/16?

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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reggiek

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 09:37 PM

ahh..my bad…(plop) – thats the sound of me hitting my forehead with my ice cream cone – I usually start with a block chucked up between centers (sized as above)....turn to round (sometimes I will leave some square areas for design – but one side has to be rounded) and then turn a tenon on a rounded side that is approximately 1/16 less (I like my stoppers not to overhang the cork and possibly catch on the bottle) then the widest diameter of the cork (I use a caliper to measure as corks vary alot in size…even in the same batch)....that also leaves me the ability to sand a bit before attaching to the stopper. It also is stronger then gluing a dowel to the turning and then too the cork.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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coloradobob

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 03:58 PM

Most of the corks are predrilled to fit a 3/8 dowel rod. I do not make many of this style of stopper I prefer SS (stainless steel ends) myself.

-- coloradobob

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Dudley

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 04:18 PM

Thanks all: Didn’t know the corks came pre-drilled. Haven’t received my order yet. Will get the mandrel and do some S/S and chrome also.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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reggiek

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 08:47 PM

I’ve never used pre drilled corks (I just would get some at the local Michaels craft store).....like you I wasn’t aware that they did (I would still turn my own tenon instead of using a dowel though). I have switched over to turning for SS stoppers myself after finding SS Niles for a source. here is the site for anyone wanting a good, reasonable priced source SS Niles Stoppers I found this site being mentioned on here before and that was how I came aware of it – I had a wonderful conversation with Ruth Niles….the owner…when I made my first order….great person and great product.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Dudley

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 10:53 PM

Got my corks today and they are not pre-drilled so I can use any size dowel I want.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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