How to Turn a Bottle Stopper

How to Turn a Bottle Stopper

Bottle Stoppers are fun projects that are a great way to use smaller blocks and scraps of wood that are accumulating in your shop.   Making a bottle stopper is quick and easy and a great starter piece.

Start Making your Bottle Stoppers now by following the guidelines below:

Prior to the turning session cut your wood blanks into 1.5’’ squares by 2-3’’ long.  Depending on the kit manufacturer, a 2’’ long blank may limit designs a bit.  Make sure the blanks are square for drilling the hole and a good fit to the stopper bottoms.

Depending on the kit manufacturer or style of bottle stopper made, each mounting system for stopper blanks will vary a bit.  The drill bit has masking tape on it to mark the one-inch drilling depth required.

Use a jig to drill the stopper blanks holes 1’’ or per kit recommendations.  It’s recommended that the stopper blanks be drilled prior to the turning session.

Screw the bottle stopper onto the mandrel.  Bring the tail stock with a live center up to the blank for support.  Round the blank with your roughing gouge.

Turn the base of the blank down to the mandrel busing, establishing the base.   Once you have turned your stopper design, sand the stopper through 600 grit.

Back off the tail stock and turn away the nub that’s left and sand.  When done apply the finish of your choice.  Friction finish or sanding sealer followed with Tripoli and White diamond buffing wheels are good choices.  They are relatively easy and quick allowing completion during the turning session.

When screwing the turned bottle stopper tops onto the bottoms, use a few drops of CA glue or 5 minute epoxy in the hole to help set the threads.

Enjoy your completed project!

For a limited time only we will be offering these Bottle Stopper Packages for 20% off retail prices.  It’s a great mix of species that will help you get started making yours today!  For more information or to order this package simply click here or call us anytime. 

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Exotic Wood Specials!

Featured Item of the Week!  For this week only we will be having some great deals on Tulipwood and Kingwood select turning stock packages.  We have 5 and 10 piece packages that are up to 20% OFF.  This is a limited time offer so hurry and get your orders in today.

Kingwood

Kingwood ~ Select size packages are up to 20% OFF of retail prices.  Kingwood is also called “Violetwood” or “Violete”. Kingwood is light to dark violet-brown with lighter and darker stripes of purple. Bright luster, fine texture and is very stable in service. Very hard and heavy. Takes a high natural polish and develops patina as it ages. Fairly rare.

Tulipwood

Tulipwood ~ Select size packages are up to 20% OFF of retail prices.  Tulipwood has irregular streaks of yellow, rose and red or violet on a cream to straw colored background. The wood has a fine texture, high luster, and takes a high polish. Hard and heavy. Somewhat difficult to work.

Exotic Turning Wood ~ Burls

Featured Item Of The Week

CANXAN NEGRO BURLS ~ 15% Off

For a limited time only all Canxan Negro Burls are 15% OFF.  This includes all burls, pen blanks, turning blanks and cants/billets in our Canxan Negro Category!  We have many turning blanks and billets available that will fit any woodworker’s needs.  If your interested in buying burls, this is the time…this sale is for ONE week only!  Please use coupon code: CANXBURL at checkout to receive discounts on Canxan Negro Burl items.

Canxan Negro Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, its rarity also adds expense.  It is very sought after.  Burl wood is very hard to work with hand tools or on a lathe because its grain is twisted and interlocked, causing it to chip and chatter unpredictably.  This “wild grain” makes burl wood extremely dense and resistant to splitting.

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Ebony Exotic Turning Wood

Ebony has arrived and is now available to purchase.  Please keep in mind that our supplies are limited, so if you are interested in a specific size or quantity please call us as soon as possible.  We are happy to answer all your questions regarding Ebony.

Gabon Ebony (or Black Ebony) is a very dense, very hard wood with straight to slightly interlocked grain and a fine texture. Gabon Ebony is believed to be the blackest wood that grows. It is necessary to pre-bore black ebony for nailing and screwing and this hardwood does takes glue well.  Ebony can be polished to an excellent finish.

*Please Note: Not all Ebony is all black. Pieces may have slight discoloration or streaking.

Typical Uses: Tool, cutlery and knife handles, door knobs, butt ends of billiard cues, piano and organ keys, violin and guitar finger boards, other musical instrument pieces, turning, fancy articles and inlay.

Source Region: Africa ~ Gabon or Cameroon

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