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post #1 of 8 Old 11-17-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Bottle Stopper Advice

Hi everyone,

So I just got into turning and have become pretty obsessed with it in a matter of only a few weeks. I have been doing pens and really enjoy it, but I want to turn some bottle stoppers for christmas gifts. I would love some advice on how to attach my black so I can turn it. I know there are many ways, but I am on a pretty tight budget and would like to know the different options available.

I am using a small HF lathe that got handed down to me from a friend, it has a #1 MT head and tailstock. Its a small machine but turns true and I havent had any problems thus far.

Thanks in advance for the advice!
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This is how I do it. Make sure you get the right threads for your lathe. Drill your blanks, mount it in the mandrel, turn, finish, (optional - drill blank with tap) screw on stopper. Can't get any easier.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Well there are several ways. 1st off watch this video it may help you turn the bottle stoppers.

Then watch this one on turning coves

I use a mandrel that I built but you could do it several ways. First I drill a hole for the stopper first. Mine use 3/8" so I drill that. You could simply mount the blank which is a little larger than you need, between centers. Use a cone center tailstock that will fit into the hole. This will center the hole. Then turn the wine stopper leaving a very small tenon on what will be the top of the wine stopper (the headstock end). Sand the stopper. Then you can simply carve off this little tenon and sand that part. That's the least expensive way to do it.
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Most of the stopper kits have a 3/8x16 stud. I would recommend the stopper mandrel from PSI, your lathe should have a 3/4x16 headstock so this would be the mandrel.
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/PK-BS1-M.html

If you are doing acrylic stoppers you should drill with a size O bit and tap 3/8x16 threads, most woods don't require tapping.
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Stopper chuck

Oh ok, so that stopper chuck from PSI screws right onto the headstock spindle? That would be nice, do you find that without tapping the hole you get a nice strong hold?

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NewT,
Most of the wood that I've used for stoppers has been plenty soft enough to avoid worrying about tapping...

Wach John's videos (ALL that you can find!)...

As Dick mentioned, the acrylic blanks are harder and more brittle...
Search some of his turnings on here...

You'll do fine!

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I find I don't need to tap them to mount them on the mandrel. I tap them after I turn them because I've had number of them crack on me when I screwed on the stopper piece.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I should mention that I use corks and wooden dowels for most of my wine stoppers. I built what is called a pin chuck to hold my stopper blanks for turning. Craft Supplies used to sell them but I haven't looked to see if they still do.
I buy my metal stopper bottoms from http://www.torne-lignum.com/stoppers.html She also sells an excellent mandrel for turning stoppers.
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