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Mounting Bottle Stopper Blanks

A quick question not really about mounting the blanks.

Do you some how face the end of the blank, like you do for pens, prior to drilling and mounting on the threads?

If so could you just use a spade bit in a drill press to face the end and then come back with the "O" size or equivalent bit for the pilot hole?

Or do you drill, mount and then turn the face clean carefully while on the lathe?

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I don' t use the screw type stoppers so I'm not sure how people do that. I use a homemade pin chuck. What I do put the blank on this chuck and leave a gap between my blank and the chuck that holds the pin chuck. Then I use a parting tool to clean up the bottom side before turning the rest of the piece. Sometimes I'll use the toe of the skew if I need the bottom to be really clean.
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I use a psi screw on chuck. I drill hole, then sometimes I tap the hole and sometimes I just thread it on. It depends on the wood. Then I.shape and finish.
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I do remember you saying that about your glue on type of stoppers. But thanks. Yes I have the screw on kind. And your bottle stopper video has been a big help to me on how to hold and present the tools.
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I use a psi screw on chuck. I drill hole, then sometimes I tap the hole and sometimes I just thread it on. It depends on the wood. Then I.shape and finish.
But the WOOD Blank itself, you just cut to length on a chop saw or bench saw? No need to clean up that surface?
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I use my miter saw to cut my stopper blanks. I have a really good blade on that sucker and it leaves a mirror smooth finish, so need to to true up anything. I also use the PSI mandrel and just screw it on.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I'm anything but efficient at preparing blanks of any kind but here's the method I've adopted. I start between centers just like I do bowls and HFs so I can see what's there and make a minor adjustment if needed. Then I cut a tenon and mount it in a scroll chuck. I drill with a Jacobs chuck in the tail stock and clean up the base before removing the blank and screwing in the mandrel. That being said, I like your spade bit idea:)
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I kinda do things a little different. I cut my planks on the TS usually 2x2x4. I have a Nova chuck mounted on the lathe, so I just open the jaws and clamp down on the square (the 4 corners are between the jaws). Then I face the end along with cutting a small recess in it to except the stopper. This also leaves a witness mark as to where the center is. Then I reposition and turn the stopper. I'll cut a relief on the back side to alow me to finish turn the top or back side leaving a 1/4" dia. I'll sand and when satisfied I'll do the final part-off. I'll then go to the DP and drill the "O" size hole. Sometimes I'll thread it onto the stopper, and sometimes I've gone back to the lathe and turned a little more detail on the top or do a little more sanding.

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