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    I have a question for Dominic Greco re 2008 Woodturning Design article

    In a 2008 article in Woodturning Design Dominic Greco has an article on making a a bottle stopper chuck. He used a piece of mild steel from his scrap pile to make the chuck. I located a 3/8 X 5 piece of M2 HSS at MSC. I want to ask him if this would be OK to use. The email adress with the article is obsolete. I would appreciate hearing Dominic or others opinions or getting an up to date email address. Jack Kerwood Rome, GA

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    will see what i can do jack..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Kerwood View Post
    In a 2008 article in Woodturning Design Dominic Greco has an article on making a a bottle stopper chuck. He used a piece of mild steel from his scrap pile to make the chuck. I located a 3/8 X 5 piece of M2 HSS at MSC. I want to ask him if this would be OK to use. The email adress with the article is obsolete. I would appreciate hearing Dominic or others opinions or getting an up to date email address. Jack Kerwood Rome, GA
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    Jack, are you planning to use the M2 steel for the chuck itself, or for cutting the mild steel that you make the chuck out of? If you're planning to use it for the chuck itself, M2 HSS is gonna be next to impossible to cut threads in. It's not mild steel.
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    you would be almost better to take what you would be spending on this, and pay a visit to ruth niles. i recommend her highly.
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    His device is really a spur drive mandrel rather than a Chucki. It moves the turning 4 in out from a Jacobs chuck which allows turning of the complete to without reversing the turning. Jack

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    I will be using Ruth"s stoppers. This device allows turning both ends of the body without reversing the turning. Jack

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    I'm confused, Jack. I've never seen a bottle stopper that needed to be reversed. I've always just threaded the blank onto a mandrel and turned it. The end that's attached to the mandrel was turned to match the mandrel diameter (which is also the diameter of the stopper). Do you have a link to any photos of the stoppers you're referring to?

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    I use Ruth's stuff exclusively. She has a great mandrel that is still in use today. The shim plate alone makes great stopper blanks! Stoppers aren't easy...but there is no reversing needed, unless you have a lathe that will reverse for sanding.
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    I heard from Dominic this morning. He agrees that the M2 would be better for the "chuck" than the mild steel he used. It is more of a spur drive that goes into a drilled hole in the stopper than a chuck. To help with the confusion this is what I am doing. I have been making 25-35 Christmas Ornaments each year for friends and family since I took a class with Bobby Clemons in 2000 at the Folk School. Every year it becomes harder to find another idea for my ornaments. This year I decided on bottle stopper ornaments. I will be using Ruth's #302 with the unthreaded stud. After I make these ornaments I do not expect the make any more stoppers. I have the needed drills and can get the piece of M2 tax tag and shipping for <$15. I have some other ideas where I will use the spur drive. I hope this clears up the confusion and thank everyone for their help. Jack

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