Bottle stopper problems

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Forum topic by Jon Spelbring posted 02-27-2008 03:45 PM 703 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Jon Spelbring

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02-27-2008 03:45 PM

OK, they have to be one of the simplest of turning projects, but I’m having a problem. I bought a pack of corks – the ones that are meant to slide over a dowel. I have a Jackob’s chuck, so I drilled the blanks, glued in the dowels and let everything dry over night. I chuck the blank in and rough it to round with the tailstock in place – in fact, I turn as much as I can that way. However, when I remove the tailstock to turn the very top, the dowels break almost every time. My gouges are freshly sharpened, and I try to do very light cuts, but 8 out of 10 times, the dowel breaks just in front of the chuck. I’ve tried dowels made of poplar and oak – same results.

Any ideas as to what I’m doing wrong?


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#1 posted 02-27-2008 04:05 PM

A couple of things that I have done to turn bottle stoppers: I use a Beall chuck and have never had a dowel break. When I get to the finish cuts I slow the lathe down to 600 rpm and make sure my tools are very sharp.
Another suggestion is to turn your bottle stopper with the top towards the headstock, install the jacobs chuck in the tailstock and drill your dowel hole from the tail end.

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