Turning bottle stoppers

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Forum topic by mporter posted 01-02-2013 10:20 PM 1484 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2013 10:20 PM

I have been trying to turn some bottle stoppers with silicone stopper ends. You use a half inch dowel that the silicone part goes on. Common logic to me would be to glue the dowel into the blank, chuck the blank into a Jacobs chuck and turn. However the dowel always breaks during turning. I’m using a oak dowel. What am I doing wrong? How do you guys turn these? I am very new to turning so any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 10:35 PM

This is what I use to turn my bottle stoppers. Click here

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 11:01 PM

Yeah I have a bottle stopper mandrel and it works great if I am using those chrome stoppers that screw on. But I am having problems with the other kind that go on a half inch dowel.

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 11:09 PM

Chuck the dowel in the headstock’s chuck and then use a live center in the tailstock to hold the back end as long as possible. You should be able to get most of the bottle stopper turned before you have to part of the tail stock’s waste.

You might check out some of Ron Brown's DVDs.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 11:12 PM

one turner I was talking to sujusted cuting a peice of 1/2” all thred rod to use as a mandrel in the jacobs chuck. I havent tried this my self but might work or you can buy a pin mandrel sized for 1/2” or eavean makew one your self take a peice of 1/2” all rod mill a small flat about 1/4” in from the end about 3/4” – 1” wide and deep enough so you can slide a blank on with the 1/8” pin in the flat so it pinches up to hold the blank with a slight turn . you will want to mark the top side of the mandrel to locate the pin on the top so you wont lose the pin on the floor

Hope this will help

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 11:31 PM

I have the PSI chuck/mandrel posted above, it works awesome and is EXTREMELY simple. PSI shows out of stock but I am pretty sure woodcraft also carries it (I bought mine in the store).


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#6 posted 01-03-2013 12:42 AM

I use the Ruth Niles Morse taper mandrel. Link

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#7 posted 01-03-2013 04:19 PM

Thanks for all the help guys. I think I have it figured out now.

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