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First bottle stopper

One of this weekends projects. Used the Ruth Niles mandrel and stopper. No idea what the wood is. This was a small cut from a bunch of wood I acquired this summer. Found it pretty easy and hope to do more of different styles for presents. One coat of shellac and two of lacquer.


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Very nice, what does the shelac do?

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Love it. I also just tried my first couple. Really enjoying it so far!
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Nice stopper. The finish looks good.

These are fun to turn. Endless possibilities for the design. I do like the Ruth Niles stoppers.

I like to use a friction polish, mostly because it is quick and can be applied on the lathe.

I hope the recipients of the Xmas gifts appreciate the hand made aspect of the gift.
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Nice stopper. The finish looks good.

These are fun to turn. Endless possibilities for the design. I do like the Ruth Niles stoppers.

I like to use a friction polish, mostly because it is quick and can be applied on the lathe.

I hope the recipients of the Xmas gifts appreciate the hand made aspect of the gift.
I can never get my friction polish to look good, am I not Sanding enough?

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I can never get my friction polish to look good, am I not Sanding enough?
This is not the best stopper, but I did use the Shellawax friction polish.

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I have been using the Shellawax "EEE-Ultra-Shine" first. The instructions say to sand the wood to at least 320 grit, but recommend 600-800 grit first, then apply the Ultra-Shine. It does make the wood look very smooth and shiny. It is not a finish though, so the Shellawax is applied for the finish.

http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merc...nish-shellawax

I may take some pictures as I make the next stopper. I still have the rounded blank from the How to use a mandrel thread which needs to be made into a stopper.
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Nice stopper. Don't mean to hijack the thread Shopdad, but for all the friction polish questions, try Doctor's Woodshop finish. It's all I've been using for the last few years. It's great stuff. Like shellawax but better. http://www.doctorswoodshop.com/Produ...ningFinis.aspx

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Thanks all. I have some friction polish and plan to try it on the next one. Glad to hear it's working for everyone. This was sanded to 400 which seemed to be fine. I've asked for the Beall buffer system for Christmas. That looks to be a good choice as well.
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I've used CA with good results. Only problem is I have to use thin CA or it looks like plastics.
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Nice job shop dad. I think I'm going to switch o those stoppers.
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