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: Cork Shaping Apparatus

01-05-2004, 08:52 AM
I need some means of shaping the cork rings while on the blank, but can't bring myself to spend $140+ on something that looks like a block of wood with a huge ring clamp for strapping a drill on, nor do I think I want one of those aluminum rod-wrappers that have the cork-shaping motor (again, I don't think you need to drop a ton of money into equipment to build a nice rod). Does anyone have an alternate means of shaping cork that's effective and less expensive?

John Desjardins
01-05-2004, 09:11 AM
How much material needs to come off, and how many rods are you building? If its ~ 1/8" and 1 or 2 rods I'd do it by hand. The sand paper mesh (made for sanding drywall) does a quick job of shaping cork. If its more than that I'd make my own grip lathe similar to what you describe.

01-05-2004, 04:23 PM

You should be able to find a drill stand and single rod stand that has rollers to support the other side of the blank for about $50.00 give or take a few dollars. Take a look at the various rod building catalogers (including the one that sponsers the forum) to find it.

01-05-2004, 05:31 PM
I think I may have solved the problem: a custom powerwrap hand rod-wrapper (which will allow me to do the normal thread wrapping) with my Dremel (variable-speed) set up on a platform with chuck (rubber lab stoppers, glued back to back; I've used this several times and it grips the blank very well but is very gentle). In this fashion, I get a wrapper for the ages without the exhorbitant price and can use it to shape cork, to boot. Looks like $150; pricey, but worth it for a complete wrapper/cork lathe unit.

01-05-2004, 05:46 PM
Here's the wrapper...

I just need to make the stand for the Dremel, and can also use this with my Flex-Coat drying motor.

03-15-2005, 03:28 PM
I take my drill, wrap a wrag around it, put it in a vise (don't clamp down to tight), then wrap masking tape around a drill bit until the blank (or glued cork pieces) jams into the bit tightly. Have your kid help by pulling the trigger to the drill.