Wood stem wine glasses

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Project by rustfever posted 09-19-2013 10:27 PM 7341 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood Stem Wine Glasses
I recently began making wood stem wine glasses. The first few were filled with errors, but after a few boo-boos, I figured out the procedures.

I start with a piece of wood, about 3.25×3.25×9” With this I can make a stem with a foot of about 3” d by about 6” t. I begin by taking off the stem of a wine glass and checking the diameter for the hole as will be necessary in the wood. I then drill the hole.

When turning, I chuck the wood in a One-Way chuck and the tail-stock. I turn the wood down to a perfect 3.1” D blank before starting the indentation to receive the glass and the stem. Every measurement is done with calipers be sure of accuracy.

I put into use, a Steady-Rest and remove the tail stock. I gently turn the wine glass recess, stopping frequently to check the fit. When I am satisfied, I begin the exterior shape of the wine glass ‘holder’ and begin the taper of the stem.

It is at this time I start the sanding of the upper portion. When completed, I then turn most of the base, except the area in which the steady rest is riding. After removing the steady rest, I go in very, very carefully and complete turning using lathe tools. I then begin the ‘parting’ step, but I leave about 1”d to be parted later.

Now it is back to the sanding medium. I tend to go from about 120 all the way to 2000 grit, then polish with a brown paper bag at high speed. At this point I can add my finish if using CA or Beall Wax three step. Or I can apply other finishes after parting.

When fitting the wine glass bowl to the wooden stem, I use 2 part epoxy. I begin by completely coating the inside of the wood bowl and then filling as necessary the drilled hole with epoxy. After wiping the wine glass down with alcohol, I set it in position, twisting slightly to be sure the epoxy is completely encasing the glass.

And Viola! Wooden stem wine glasses!

I also like to make presentation/storage boxes from the same wood. Those I tend to finish with Watco Danish Neutral and several coats of spray lacquer.

The glasses and boxes are the following wood. Carob, Western Maple, and Red Gum Eucalyptus. I tend to gravitate to woods will unique graining and striking colors.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 09-20-2013 02:40 AM

great looking Ira.

beautiful gift.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 04:31 AM

Practical and cleaver! I now regret throwing away stemware that had broken!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!



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#3 posted 09-20-2013 03:19 PM

What a Treat! Three Cheers!


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#4 posted 09-20-2013 06:50 PM

I was compelled to “favorite” this project!!!
I will be making these for my “foodie” friends (read: winos!).

Thanks for the detailed instructions!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-21-2013 05:29 PM

Beautiful Ira !!!
I love the woods you chose for this project, especially the Carob and the Beeswing…....
Super clever way that you make the wine stems…... Hmmm, something else to try I believe!!!
Thanks for sharing…

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 09-21-2013 09:30 PM

These wine stems are tricky to make. A definite sequence of step. Sand as you go is a necessary step. Build the indentation for the wine glass to set in, first. Use calipers to be sure the stems match.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 12:31 AM

these are COOL Ira!!! I would love to see a demo of the step by step! They would be a great item in NAPA…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 09-23-2013 03:11 AM

What about the Woodworking Show in Sacramento on November on 8, 9, & 10. If I could get a small lathe set up [My lathe is to big to try to transport/set-up] I could send a few days making wine glasses with wooden bases/stems.

Are you coming to the show?

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#9 posted 09-23-2013 03:13 AM

They are really nice Ira.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 09-23-2013 03:26 AM

I am now setting in Paso Robles California, in the midst of many fine wineries. Tomorrow, I have an appointment with the people of one winery. They were contributors to a special benefit for my nephew, suffering from a nasty cancer.

As a ‘Thank You’ I have made four sets of 2 special wine glasses and special presentation case for each of the 4 individules that helped.

Maybe some day I might even submit pics of those glasses and presentation cases

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#11 posted 09-23-2013 05:46 AM

Ira….I would like to go…have not been in a few years…I did not know they were still going…do you have a link?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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