Any of Ruth's stoppers are good and are stainless steel so no problems on flaking. She has the combo set which has the mandrel and everything you need to get started. I started with the introductory set and haven't looked back. Can't be beat at that price. I only use the #301 stopper. Use a 3/8" tap when You have the hole drilled, mount it on the lathe and turn. Finish it and screw it on the stopper. I use a little epoxy on mine for security if they are a little loose in some woods. Now I just use a little epoxy on all of them. Just put some on the threads of the stopper and screw in. Just a extremely satisfied customer.
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