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. 

Happy Easter!

Exotic Turning Wood ~ Mora

If your interested in trying some new species, now is the time!  Every week we will feature an item that will be on sale, it will be clearly indicated on our homepage.  It will give you a chance to try a new species at a great price every week!  Please continue to keep watch for our weekly featured items.  If you have any questions or would like to place an order feel free to call us anytime!
Limited Time Only ~ 20% OFF all Mora Turning Blanks
Mora (Morus Tinctoria) comes from Guatemala and has heartwood that is yellowish-red to reddish brown or dark red with paler streaks.  The sapwood is distinct and yellowish to pale brown.  The texture is moderately fine to rather coarse; luster medium to high; grain is straight to interlocked and has a good natural luster.  Mora can have an unpleasant and sour odor while being worked, and is used most commonly for flooring, boatbuilding, heavy (exterior) construction, and turned objects.
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Exotic Wood ~ Pen Blanks

Check out this item on our “Featured Item of the Week” page.  We are practically giving these away!  For just $75.00 you get 100 pieces of mixed species pen blanks.  You will receive Hormigo, Yucatan Rosewood and Granadillo.  Did I mention you will get free shipping too!  This is a great combo deal for anyone who makes lots of pens!

Hormigo (Platymiscium spp.) is in the Granadillo family. Hormigo can range in color from reddish brown complimented by dark brown/black streaks (Hormigo Negro) to a satiny reddish-orange, similar to that of Bloodwood (Hormigo Rojo).

Yucatan Rosewood (Dalbergia yucatensis) is a hard, light-reddish brown wood with darker-reddish brown grain. It looks like a cross between Honduras Rosewood and Cocobolo, but does not have the allergenic properties of either of them.

Granadillo (Platymiscium ulei) is also known as Coyote, Macacauba or Trebol. This is an extremely hard, satiny, reddish brown wood with charming light cream colored highlights and swirling grain.

This is a great combination of exotic species for anyone too try, and especially at this great price!  For more information please visit our website!