I was looking for a gift idea for Christmas. I went to woodcraft and bought a bottle stopper mandrel and some black mesquite. I have wanted to give more personal gifts this year. This is what I came up with.
Step 1: Turning the stopper
I drilled a hole in the block and turned it on my Shopsmith. The original plan was to just make a shape I thought looked good. I was looking for a tool in my garage and found a coin I was given in the army. I thought it would be cool to mount it in the stopper. I slowly cut the recess in the stopper and kept test fitting the coin till it fit perfectly. I sanded the peace to 1500 and applied some friction polish.
I used some Gorilla glue to hold the coin in the stopper. Let it dry overnight and attached it to the stopper base. The base just screws in to the wood. I added a few grops of glue to make sure it stayed in place. This may look complicated but making the stopper it only about ten min of work.