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Old 08-04-2017, 05:56 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Did you ever get this issue resolved?
Yes and No.

No, I never heard from PSI, but as with a lot of the stuff we deal with, it seems there is only one manufacturer of a lot of this stuff and it gets resold by various vendors. So I'll have to search long and hard to find machined bottle stoppers.

Yes, as in the fact that I will no longer turn the blanks flush with the 'bushing' end of the mandrel. I will either have them immediately flare out from the metal part so any eccentricity will not be obvious, or I will drill a shallow 1" hole in the blank, concentric with the screw hole, so the end of the stopper is recessed into the blank a bit.

If I ever get a metal lathe, I might look into turning my own, and then using a mold to cast the silicone around it.
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I've mentioned this in another thread, but I turn all my bottle stoppers on a pin chuck... I took a 3/8" steel rod, cut it to about 6", ground a flat on one end about an inch long, then mounted in a collet chuck. I use a finish nail cut to the length of the flat. Drill the blank with a 3/8" bit, push it over the flat with the nail in the middle, then twist it away from you... it's pretty secure, you can spin it pretty fast (I turn stoppers at 1900 - that's one of the stops on my Reeves unit).. you have room at the bottom to work on the bottom, just watch not to hit the nail.. it messes up the edge on your tools... if the blanks wants to wobble, use the tail stock until you're ready to do the very top, but if it's secure in the hole, it has to turn concentric to the hole.

As for the stopper inserts, I get all of mine from EZ-Pot.com....

Wholesale Stainless Steel Bottle Stoppers Blanks Kits Wholesale Teardrop Bottle Stopper Kits.

They are all 304 stainless food grade steel and are pretty nice. You can't tell them from anything PSI or Woodturners catalog sells... they are not made in USA, but really who makes that much fuss about where things are made.... we live in a global economy now and if you are in business to make a buck, you work with the best quality components you can get for the least cost. (None of our pen kits are made in USA)
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Thad,
I've mentioned this in another thread, but I turn all my bottle stoppers on a pin chuck... I took a 3/8" steel rod, cut it to about 6", ground a flat on one end about an inch long, then mounted in a collet chuck. I use a finish nail cut to the length of the flat. Drill the blank with a 3/8" bit, push it over the flat with the nail in the middle, then twist it away from you... it's pretty secure, you can spin it pretty fast (I turn stoppers at 1900 - that's one of the stops on my Reeves unit).. you have room at the bottom to work on the bottom, just watch not to hit the nail.. it messes up the edge on your tools... if the blanks wants to wobble, use the tail stock until you're ready to do the very top, but if it's secure in the hole, it has to turn concentric to the hole.
I've tried similar setups with wood dowels, haven't had a steel rod to use yet, but I can see that working very well. My issue isn't with the chuck, it's dead nuts round. And for getting the edge, I've started using a threaded bushing/washer to offset the blank a bit from the chuck to get that part just right without mucking up the tools.

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As for the stopper inserts, I get all of mine from EZ-Pot.com....

Wholesale Stainless Steel Bottle Stoppers Blanks Kits Wholesale Teardrop Bottle Stopper Kits.

They are all 304 stainless food grade steel and are pretty nice. You can't tell them from anything PSI or Woodturners catalog sells... they are not made in USA, but really who makes that much fuss about where things are made.... we live in a global economy now and if you are in business to make a buck, you work with the best quality components you can get for the least cost. (None of our pen kits are made in USA)
I'll definitely look into them. And I completely agree with the global economy bit. I've bought junk made in the USA, and quality pieces from China, and vice versa.
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As for the stopper inserts, I get all of mine from EZ-Pot.com....

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Holy bottle stoppers batman, that's a great selection! And good prices too!
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As for the stopper inserts, I get all of mine from EZ-Pot.com....

Wholesale Stainless Steel Bottle Stoppers Blanks Kits Wholesale Teardrop Bottle Stopper Kits.
Holy bottle stoppers batman, that's a great selection! And good prices too!
If you get on their mailing list, you get notice of periodic sales that are pretty good too.
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