200+ Wine Bottle balancers

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Blog series by CueballRosendaul updated 09-10-2012 12:39 PM 3 parts 21172 reads 27 comments total

Part 1: Wine bottle balancers for the wedding

09-07-2012 04:31 PM by CueballRosendaul | 9 comments »

About 10 years ago, I made a batch of those wine bottle balance pieces for Christmas presents. When my step daughter was here, talking about gifts for the guests who make the long drive to her wedding, I suggested these would be pretty nice. I was thinking like 1 for each couple, so maybe I’d be in for 50 or so pieces. Her first request was for 275 pieces! DOH! She later downsized it to 125, but I already had lumber cut for 200+ so she’s getting about 175 and I’m keeping th...

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Part 2: DONE!

09-09-2012 11:04 PM by CueballRosendaul | 3 comments »

I finally finished all the wine bottle balancers for the wedding. In plenty of time, the wedding isn’t for another month. I’ll add it to my projects list with a batch of pictures, but will also put some final pics here. A few things I learned/would have done different/random thoughts: Cherry is now officially my favorite wood to work with. I used to prefer oak, and lots of other stuff is neat, but NOTHING machines as easily and comes out looking better than a piece of che...

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Part 3: Angled hole? NO straight thru.

09-10-2012 12:39 PM by CueballRosendaul | 15 comments »

Several people have asked if I bored the neck hole at a 42 degree angle too, and the answer is no. When I made the first batch of these 10 years ago I did, actually they were at a 45 degree angle. That’s pretty hard to do and made for a very tippy piece when using 3/4” stock. If you notice most of the ones people make that have an angled hole have a much bigger foot than just 3/4” stock. It also made a lot of tear-out on the back of the piece. It’s not just as easy as ...

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