Torque Workcentre at work.. #41: Dimensions and angles...

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Blog entry by degoose posted 04-03-2011 10:45 PM 5892 reads 55 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is just a quick post to give some information regarding the way I make the wine bottle balancer…You can use other dimensions and it will still work

I did research the whole thing and found different angles and other variables…but this is what I have come up with by trial and error… to make the bottle balance in a horizontal position.. not pointing up or down… more aesthetically pleasing.. and if it looks right don’t mess with it…

Length…11 inches or 275 mm

Width… I use 2 depending on the timber 3 inch or 4 inch…. 75 mm or 100 mm

Thickness …. at least 3/4 inch or 19 mm … thicker is better… up to just over 1 inch or 25 mm [altho I have made them as thin as 1/2 inch or 12.5 mm and they still work..]

Angle for base… 40 degrees.

Angle for hole…30 degrees.

Diameter of hole… 1 1/4 inch or 30 mm and it is centred 8 inches or 200 mm from the base…

I made 18 yesterday and more to follow… now that I have the jig…

The bottle is actually horizontal… just the angle of the camera…

I did a few schmancy ones including the one above … in honour of Patron aka David Mitchell, my friend and mentor…Who showed me how to make some of the crazy things I do now..Thank you David…

The plain timber ones are from the left….

New Guinea Rosewood, Camphor Laurel, Queensland Red Cedar, Silky Oak and White Cedar.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 10:48 PM

You been busy.

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 11:01 PM

So it is written so it is balanced ? good blog M8

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#3 posted 04-03-2011 11:27 PM

thanks larry

i wondered what happened to that change
that fell out of my pocket

but you have spent it wisely
a testament to your own abilities

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 04-03-2011 11:28 PM

Nice job. I especially like the second one pictured with the bottle.

I have a question about the angles: is That 40 degrees from the surface of the board, or from a square end? Same question for the hole.

-- Tom

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 12:28 AM

Thanks for the angle recommendations.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 12:53 AM

Curious about the angle of the bottle.
If the bottle is tipped upward, wouldn’t that allow the wine to keep the cork moist ?
I am guessing that would be a straight drilled hole, but how would that effect the angle cut on the table ?
Anyway, these look really nice, I love the zigzag pattern one : )
Can you try one that will hold a six pack of beer ? LOL


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 01:56 AM

To answer this question… look at a bottle of wine lying on its side the neck of the bottle is filled with wine… so no need to tip it up….. as to cork… most wine bottles now… at least here in Australia… are screw top.. no cork…
Glad you like them…
As to a SixPack… they come in their own holders…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 04-04-2011 09:25 AM

Awesome Larry, maybe you should make matching cutting boards and wine holders? BEt they would be a hit!

What is the facination with these wine holders? Just cool to have your wine on? Sort of like a Pet Rock in your pocker ? ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 04-04-2011 09:28 AM

Ah! McGuigans black label one of my favourite reds & displayed to perfection

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 04-04-2011 10:56 AM

Dibs on the bottle of Black Label once the show is over! :)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#11 posted 04-04-2011 01:45 PM

Hey Larry, thanks for the detail on the dimensions of the balancer. I often wanted to try to make one but never did any research or trial and error to get one to work. These were a couple of good blogs to get me started. I may post one someday!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!!!!!!
I sell my bottle stoppers as a gift to go along with a bottle of wine when it is given. The package could now include a balancer until you need the stopper!!

I was just thinking of marketing:

I think Lisa has proposed a challenge to make a balancer for a six pack of long necks!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 04-05-2011 07:04 AM

I am in trouble Larry,
I showed your balancers to my wife…

Great job my friend.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 02-26-2012 08:15 PM

Have you tried to make one for two or three bottles.
I have seen them but am not able to figure out the angle.
If you have it figured out please share.

Great job

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