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post #1 of 12 Old 10-23-2011, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Bottle Stoppers

The stoppers you folks have been posting has inspired me to turn a couple as well. The question I have is how do you attach them? Do you "just" drill and tap the wood for the machine threads? Do you install inserts into the wood to except the machine threads? Or, do you drill the wood for the major diameter of the machine threads and epoxy the stopper in place? Ive turned two, the first was maple and I just drilled and hand tapped the 3/8-16 thread. It's ok but you can tell the threads are not that great. The second, I drilled it big and mixed up some epoxy and glued the stud into the wood. It turned out ok but i got to wondering how you folks were doing it.

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Hi Randy,

The stoppers that I have turned are from Penn State Industries. They make a nifty "bottle stopper chuck". It mounts on the headstock of the lathe. It is 3/8 NC thread. The first one that I made I drilled 21/64ths and force threaded the "chuck" into the hole. I had the devil's own time getting the stopper installed. I went to the hardware store and bought a 3/8" NC tap. It all works like buttah!

The link will get you to the page on bottle stopper chucks.

Hope this helps

Andy

Thank You

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I too use PSI's chuck and drill bit( came as a set.). This leaves the hole very, very snug. I use a tap that is slightly smaller than the threads on the stopper. In punky wood, I add a small amount of CA glue if it seems loose.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Like the others, I use the PSI stopper chuck. Drill with a #O bit and tap 3/8x16. If the wood doesn't thread well enough to hold the stopper I use a dab of epoxy on the threads when I install it.
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I just use wooden dowels that I get from the wine stopper guru Nick Cook. I also buy my corks from him.
My fancier wine stopper I use the Ruth Niles stainless steel stoppers. I get the plain one and glue it on but Ruth also sells threaded ones along with the threaded adaptor for your lathe.
http://www.torne-lignum.com/
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I use Ruth Niles as well. Her system is perfect and the quality is superb.
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Thanks for all the responses, they all helped in one way or another. Also thanks for the Ruth Niles link. I like the idea of buying stuff amde in the USA.

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I have the woodcraft mandrel I mount in a Jacobs chuck. Drill the hole and the threaded mandrel self taps. Works pretty well as long as you get a clean hole.
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I just started my first stoppers. I drilled the hole and tapped the threads and screwed the blank on the chuck. Before I had it round the threads stripped on the blank. I tried one more and it did the same thing. The next one I drilled the hole but did not tap it. I just screwed it on the chuck. I have it turned but not finished. It is still on the chuck. I don't know if anyone else has had this problem. It is not clear if other are tapping before threading on the chuck or later.
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TomC - I drill and tap before I mount the blank on the chuck. I have not one strip yet. I am wondering if you should use a smaller drill to get deeper threads.

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TomC - I drill and tap before I mount the blank on the chuck. I have not one strip yet. I am wondering if you should use a smaller drill to get deeper threads.
I used the bit that came withe the tap. However, I believe I will have to use a smaller bit or just not tap it.
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I drill mine, mount it on the mandrel and turn it round with the tail stock snugged up tight. Once round, I remove the tail stock and finish. The tap it for the hardware. Some punky woods strip out anyway. If so, I remove from mandrel and put some medium CA in the hole, swirling it around good and then hit it with accelerator. Remount and turn.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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