A New Twist on Bottle Stoppers
When I turned my first bottle stopper, I proceeded with the accepted method of drilling a 3/8” hole about ¾” in my blank and gluing in a short length of dowel. When the glue dried, I mounted the dowel in my drill chuck in the headstock and began turning. Unfortunately, the dowel soon squished, twisted, and splintered.
Figuring there had to be a better way, I came across a short length of threaded electrical tubing used in lamps. I threaded the tubing in the 3/8” hole in another stopper blank, then mounted this into my drill chuck. The tubing threaded on easily and went in straight and true yet held firmly – even with the tailstock pulled back.
Going one step further, I filled the tubing with solder, which created a solid threaded mandrel that easily chucked up and held my blanks firmly. When the stopped was complete, I glued the dowel and cork in one easy step.
~ Brian Ziff Watertown, Connecticut