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Posted 07 May 2018 - 10:20 PM
Nice Denduke....turning gnarly old cork into works of art.
Posted 07 May 2018 - 10:24 PM
Posted 07 May 2018 - 11:17 PM
You just reminded me that I need to make some.
I have been collecting wine corks that I get from friends and family to make poppers.
They are mostly made of shredded cork and dense foam rubber.
Have you ever used these type corks?
Posted 07 May 2018 - 11:26 PM
Posted 08 May 2018 - 09:59 AM
Wine bottle poppers. Mount them on a small drill bit,stick them in a Dremel tool or a drill and get after it with some 100 grit sandpaper...Done in a couple minutes.
Posted 08 May 2018 - 09:21 PM
Wow you guys are doing some really nice work.
The bass are gonna love em.
Thanks for posting Mike I am going to have to give this a try.
I will post my efforts here.
Posted 10 May 2018 - 08:39 PM
Wine Bottle Popper
Denduke I was about to put eyes on this popper and looked down at the pile of corks on my desk and saw this one.
Funny I had just commented on you turning Gnarly old corks into works of art...Ha.
After seeing that cork I decided to let this one be Gnarly by only putting on a translucent coating with silver flakes.
Did a float test and it sits about like this.
Finished weight is 3.6 grams, I hope to throw this tomorrow and see how it casts before making any more.
Posted 10 May 2018 - 10:17 PM
Posted 11 May 2018 - 12:26 AM
Thanks for the kind words guys.
Mike...you forgot and Gnarly too..Ha
Denduke I will watch for the "dig in" when I try it tomorrow.
Might need to add changing hook position lower on lip for Rev 2.
Hook was a 2/0 mustad large bass type that I made a custom shank for.
Stone Grinding Attachment:
I was at the hardware store yesterday, and on my way out I noticed the 11/16" stone grinding attachment.
It looked to be about the right size for the cupped face, and for $2.50 it was a no brainer.
Creating Cupped Face:
The stone worked like a charm on the rubber type corks as it comes off in string shaped chips fast (less than a minute) if you peck drill it.
If you drill without lifting often (peck drilling) if will melt into a lump and rip out big awfull gouges and your cork will be ruined.
It does leave a small lump in the center when done, but can be easily picked off in a few seconds with your thumb nail while it is still warm.
Using it on the natural cork is slow because it removes material a little at a time as a fine dust.
What is known as a carbide burr would be a better choice for natural cork.
Note: I used a drill press vise to hold the cork and never my fingers.
I ground down a 3-1/2" nail to the shape in the picture with a disc sander to make a nail chuck.
The nail gets chucked in my drill press and the drill press can be used to press the nail into the cork or just use a hammer if you are using a dremmel.
The nail holds the cork while it is machined with files and sandpaper.
When filing I used two files. The one on the left prevents the nail/cork from flexing while pressure is applied with the one on the right.
An added bonus doing it this way, both files are cutting at the same time = twice as fast.
Popper Back/Belly Shape:
I hold the cork with a vise grip then used a disc sander set a 45 degrees to make the belly and back.
The mouth sits on the move-able table and the belly gets sanded first.
To sand the back the belly sits on the move-able table and the back gets sanded.
Their isn't a hole or a slot needed for the hook.
Instead when the nail is driven into the cork to be used as a chuck a slit is created.
To insert the hook first lay down a tight thread base on the hook and apply a liberal amount of super glue to the thread base.
Then quickly insert the hook into the slit of the cork to the proper position and your done.
Comment: I stumbled upon using the slit to attach the hook by accident.
However using a slit to attach a hook is a good thing because no material is removed like it is for a hole.
Because of this I have noticed that the hook is attached very well, does not rotate at all and requires very little CA adhesive.
Note: If I move the hook closer to the bottom of the popper lip I will use the nail to create a new slit since it works so well.
Posted 11 May 2018 - 11:22 AM
Search wood cutting burrs, they come in many shapes and several types of teeth, some are carbide and some are steel. Some are listed as router bits.
I like a four-in-hand rasp for fast rough shaping.
if cutting the hook slot from the surface with knife or fine saw, the resulting slot/gap can be filled with CA and baking soda
Cut from the surface allows a maximum hook exposure and allows the hook to be at any angle to the body axis-=float angle of hook.
Using something like a 6" piece of coat-hanger through the center of the cork as a mandrel to chuck in the drill and letting the wire extend past the cork a few inches (think skewer as in shiskabob) the part sticking past can be rested against the bench as a support to keep cork against the rasp/file while turning (actually a turkey skewer could make a good mandrel)