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    Bottle Stoppers

    Part of my turning practice exercises over the past few months has included bottle stoppers. Here are two that I did a month or so ago. Yeah, slow to post, I know.

    This one is cherry over a natural cork stopper assembly. Sanded up to 1000, applied three coats of blo/naptha, then topped it with several coats of rattle can lacquer.
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    This stopper is made with dogwood and a teardrop stopper. I have several sections of small dogwood trunks that had begun to rot on the ends because I left them outside under a roof but ends exposed. After cutting into a couple of the trunk sections, I subdivided the pieces into some I will use for pens and some larger ones for stoppers and who knows what. I stabilized several chunks for stoppers and pens using Cactus Juice. That seemed to work for this stopper. Finish is the same as the cherry stopper above.
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    Thanks for looking. C&C welcome!
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    Both are nice Bill, the dogwood is my favorite

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    Nicely done, Bill. Bottle stoppers are a great way to use up little pieces of wood that would otherwise get tossed.
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    good work bill!
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    I like them both
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    Those came out nice alright. The stabilized wood ended up with some real good figure.

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    Those are some very nice ones. I like both. Have you checked out Ruth Niles bottle stoppers. That is my favorite hardware for them. I also use her mandrel. It is fun to go through her gallery on her site. Lots of ideas. One of mine is in there about 2/3's of the way down the page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Those are some very nice ones. I like both. Have you checked out Ruth Niles bottle stoppers. That is my favorite hardware for them. I also use her mandrel. It is fun to go through her gallery on her site. Lots of ideas. One of mine is in there about 2/3's of the way down the page.
    Thanks, Paul. I just took a look at Ruth's site. I have a small stock of stoppers from PSI as well as two of their mandrels - might have to order some stoppers from Ruth next time.

    The stopper you have on Ruth's gallery page looks great! Is that a medallion on top of it?
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    It is the base (the brass part) of a 12 gauge shotgun shell. They were very popular with family members. Here is a better picture of it. The second one has deer antler on it.

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    OK, got it. Those look great, Paul. What was your finish process?
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