View Full Version : Christmas gift help...

12-15-2011, 09:41 AM
Hey all, I wanted to make a wine bottle stopper for my wife but was having some difficulty finding the rubber/silicone sleeve for it, similar to the one near the bottom of this page:

I wanted to contact the site owner but didn't find any contact info...if anyone knows him or has any input as far as sources for the sleeves please let me know, I'd really appreciate the help.

Thanks for looking,


12-15-2011, 10:06 AM
Not exactly what you wanted but a close second.


12-15-2011, 10:09 AM

The directions for one of the pen turnings
in one of the earlier pictures on the site
look like they are for Woodcraft pen kits.
Woodcraft (www.woodcraft.com) also carries
wine stopper kits. They have local stores;
there is one in Rhode Island.

You could also try Rockler -- don't know if they
are in RI.


12-15-2011, 10:45 PM
I can always count on getting help here....thanks guys!


Mike of the North
12-15-2011, 11:43 PM
This is a site I go to for pen turning, there is also some info on bottle stoppers.

12-16-2011, 02:22 PM
Mike, I checked that forum out a little and got a lot of info...as well as the LeeValley site, thanks Dave.

I also just went to Woodcraft and the two stores near me are about to close down...and while I appreciate the closing discount I'd rather them be open now that I know what kind of cool stuff they have.

Thanks Guys...I'll post pix if anything good comes of it all.


01-02-2012, 10:10 AM
Hey Fellas,

I said I'd post a picture if anything came out okay so here's what I got:


They're both pretty simple, the wooden one is from a wood ball I had on hand and the aluminum one I turned from scrap box stock.

The rest of the hardware came in kit form from Woodcraft (thanks Frank)...it allows them to adjust for different sized openings.

Happy new year to everyone!!


01-02-2012, 10:55 AM
Nice... and a great gift idea

Alistair Hosie
01-02-2012, 03:35 PM
I don't drink myself , but a wine maker friend of mine reckons you should not save pre-opened bottles of wine i.e once opened, finish it or chuck it away.He tells me that wine is not like spirits which can last years once opened,is this advice wrong then? Does wine spoil if opened and left? Alistair

Grind Hard
01-02-2012, 03:39 PM
Current Female Companion offers this comment:

"Well if I can't finish a bottle I plug it up so it won't evaporate. Plus if you let it sit open it tastes funny after a few hours. It's best to drink it right away so that doesn't happen."

01-02-2012, 03:53 PM
Alistair, I don't drink either but I think it's common practice to re-close a bottle for another day....wine doesn't hang around here long enough to spoil though :)

Maybe it'd taste crummy if it sat for long after the initial un-corking but I don't know...when I did drink it wasn't wine.


01-02-2012, 08:54 PM
There is a storage pump that evacuates the air then seals the bottle.

01-03-2012, 03:06 AM
In the past they used to sell cans of argon in the wine shop, so you could put a layer of it on top of the wine. This prevented the oxygen messing up the wine.

Unfortunately they don't sell them anymore as most people don't want to buy what they can't see.......
But if you are a welder and have argon around you could increase the "open" life of your wine to a few days.

I have the vacuum pump, but you still have to drink it the next day.