Maple Bottle Stoppers

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Project by Mattyb22 posted 12-12-2011 11:04 PM 1579 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m just getting into bottle stoppers, pens, bowls etc on my lathe and this is one of the first sets I created. Here’s a trio of filddleback maple stoppers that were dyed with green transtint and then finished with a coat of BLO followed by wipe-on poly. I made them specifically for my Grandmother and was trying to match the green dye to a box she has in her house that she loves. I gave them to her yesterday and she wanted to put them on display rather than use them, so I guess they were a hit. ;-) I am on the hunt for the glossiest, most durable and crystal clear finish for future bottle stoppers. Does anyone have any recommendations or advice? I was thinking of trying spray lacquer but was hoping for something that would be a faster finish, like CA/BLO. Comments and criticism welcome.

-- Matt, Boca Raton, Florida, "I excel at making sawdust!"

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 02:21 AM

Boy those are rich looking!!........Jim

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 02:57 PM

I usually sand to 320 or 400, apply 3-5 coats of CA/BLO, micromesh (with water) to 12k, then hit it with One Step polish.

Seems like a lot but it goes pretty quick, probably 10-15 minutes, which isn’t bad to get from bare wood to gift boxing.

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 04:21 PM

@efsavage – The testimonials on the plastic polish are raving. Thanks for the tip! I love a good CA/BLO finish because of the quick process, but sometimes have a hard time keeping the shine.

-- Matt, Boca Raton, Florida, "I excel at making sawdust!"

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 07:42 PM

WoW! They look like glass. Great job!

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