Turning wooden tops for wine corks is a form of art that anyone can explore. It allows you to practice turning wood into decorative and functional pieces of art without a large investment. Woodworking and hobby suppliers have a wide variety of cork bottle stopper kits and wood bottle stopper blanks available. It is an ideal project for someone who is just getting started with woodworking or wood turning as a hobby.
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Things you need
- Wood stopper blank, 1 1/2-by-1 1/2-by-2-inch
- Drill press
- 3/8-inch drill bit
- Cork bottle stopper kit
- Epoxy glue
- Lathe, with chuck attached
- Parting tools, assorted sizes
- Sandpaper, fine-grit
- Food safe wax wood finish
- Cloth rag
Drill a 3/8-inch diameter hole 7/8-inch deep into the centre of one 1 1/2-by-1 1/2-inch end of the 2-inch long wood stopper blank using a drill press. The drill bit should be at a 90-degree angle to the blank.
Glue and insert the dowel from the cork bottle stopper kit into the hole in the wood blank. Apply epoxy glue to the end of the dowel and into the hole before pushing it into the hole. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.
Insert the dowel that is glued into the wood blank into the chuck of the lathe. Tighten the chuck and lock the blank in place in the lathe.
Shape the wood blank to the desired design for the wine stopper. Grooves and rounded knobs are common designs for wine stoppers. Use a variety of parting tools to shave off the wood from the blank until you are satisfied with the overall shape.
Sand the shaped wood blank with fine-grit sandpaper with the lathe still running until the surface is completely smooth.
Apply a coat of food safe wax wood finish, such as beeswax, using a rag as an applicator. Turn the lathe off and remove the completed shaped blank from the lathe.
Coat the exposed surface of the dowel with epoxy, and slide the cork stopper over it until the top end of the dowel is tight against the bottom end of the wood stopper. Allow the assembled wood-topped wine cork to dry for 72 hours before use.
Tips and warnings
- Experiment with a variety of woods and designs to create an interesting set of wooden wine corks.
- Wear protective eyewear when working with wood.
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