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yep they are fun and addictive
sanded to 2000 and finished with dr woodshop walnul oil /shellac
i have a question though
im having trouble with getting my hole square with the flat part on the stopper
how are you guys getting that flat and perpendicular with the drill?
 

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Are you starting with square stock? I usually trim mine at the miter saw and drill on the drill press. Nice stoppers by the way.
 

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Try to start with square stock.I drill on my lathe,then hand tap using a MT mandrel trying to keep it straight.I only turned 2 so far,but on my second bottle stopper I tried a recess for the base of the stopper to sit in-it worked well...Nice bottle stoppers by the way...
 

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I do what RusDemka said. Once I chuck it up, I turn the end grain to ensure it's going to be flat for when I drill. I then cut a recess into the base, drill, and mount the mandrel in the tailstock and hand tap it into the blank. Remove the chuck and stick the mandrel in the headstock and make sawdust.
 

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Thanks
these are the Ruth Niles stoppers[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the info on Ruth Niles. An amazing story on how she developed and markets the products. When I saw your stoppers I guessed those stoppers must be at least $15.00. What a surprise when I saw a beautiful machined piece made in USA for under $6.50.
 
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