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Bottlestoppers

Bottle stoppers are wonderful functional items for your home and for gifts. Also many turners make a good income selling bottlestoppers. Bottle stoppers can be made out of single wood, laminations, segmented, inlaid, carved or otherwise decorated and embellished. The stopper itself can be made of cork, silicon or metal stopper mechanisms.

Bottle stoppers can be used in wine bottles but also in gourmet vinegar, oil and decor jars. So, they are very versatile.

Due to the small size, easy lathe mounting and fast turning time, these are great beginner projects. We hope that you'll try it yourself!

 

Turn a Cardboard Bottle StopperTurn a Cardboard Bottle Stopper
By: Peter Brown
In this project, Peter tries an experiment by gluing up cardboard and turning it into a bottle stopper. You may not choose to make one yourself but there are lots of lessons to learn from Peter's creativity.

 

Laminating Bottle StoppersLaminating Bottle Stoppers
By: Ed Davidson
Using dyed and stabilized wood, Ed shows how to create a laminated wood blank for making bottlestoppers. He also provides links to various chucking techniques. The results are stunning bottlestoppers.

If you're looking to make something a little bit different, you've now found it!

 

Turning a Snow Man BottlestopperTurning a Snow Man Bottlestopper
By: Tom Hintz
In this project, Tom shows us how to make "a fast, easy-to-turn gift idea".

Tom goes through each step in depth and has some good pictures to help you understand what he is doing. With these pictures, it should be easy, even for a beginner to follow along.

Tom also provides a pdf drawing of the bottle stopper shape with measurements to help you complete this project successfully!

 

Ed's Polyester Resin (EPR) Bottle Stopper TutorialEd's Polyester Resin (EPR) Bottle Stopper Tutorial
By: Ed Davidson
Ed Davidson has started creating bottle stopper blanks out of Polyester Resin. This material allows Ed to create a wide range of interesting blanks in all types of colors. Since resin turns and finishes differently than wood, it's important to get the basics down before starting one.

Ed goes through the entire process on properly turning and finishing a Polyester Resin bottle stopper.

 

Captured Cabochon Bottle StoppersCaptured Cabochon Bottle Stoppers
By: Ed Davidson
In this photo tutorial, Ed shows how to turn a captured cabochon bottle stopper using custom made blanks. This blanks have a wide range of images imbedded into a cast plastic resin. They are wonderful designs and a bit different than the normal solid wood stoppers.

 

Berea Bottle Stopper - Hybrid Turning InstructionsBerea Bottle Stopper - Hybrid Turning Instructions
By: Ed Davidson
In this project, Ed shows how to use the Berea bottle stopper mandrel to hold the bottlestopper blank onto the lathe for turning. Then he mounts the finished turning onto a Berea all-chrome stopper.

This is not only a good article in explaining how to use the Berea components but Ed goes through the complete bottlestopper turning process. It's an excellent beginners guide to bottlestoppers.

 

Bottle Stopper Mounting OptionsBottle Stopper Mounting Options
By: Ed Davidson
If you are interested in making bottlestoppers, the first thing that you have to figure out is how am I going to hold the wood on the lathe. It is a spindle oriented turning but you can't just hold it between centers because you want to turn on the very end of the stopper.

In this article, Ed hows 5 different ways to accomplish the work holding!! It should be easy for you to find one that works for you!

 

Inlaid Bottle Stoppers: A Marriage of Stone and WoodInlaid Bottle Stoppers: A Marriage of Stone and Wood
By: Steve Russell
Steve Russell shows how to make a "Premium" Bottlestopper using various inlay materials and stones to make the common bottlestopper more valuable in the retail and gift markets.

If you've made bottlestoppers in the past and want to increase your list price, adding value like this great article shows is an excellent way.

 

Turning a Bottle Stopper
By: Charles M. Cadenhead
In this written article, Charles gives a step-by-step description on how to make bottlestoppers. At the end of the project, he has a nice hand-drawn "Examples of Shapes". I liked these examples very much as they really helped me make some design designs. In addition, he shows a spindle and defines all the components that can be turned into it. This was very educational!!

 

Make a Cork Bottle StopperMake a Cork Bottle Stopper
By: Ed Davidson
A cork bottle stopper is the most basic type of bottle stopper and the least expensive in terms of it's parts. It uses a hollow cork stopper which is very inexpensive to purchase!

Ed goes through the entire process of mounting the wood blank and turning the bottle stopper so this is one project that beginners should not to miss!!

 

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