balancing wine bottle holders

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Project by phillip butler posted 05-25-2014 07:21 PM 1831 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

went on a spree of making a variety of these balancing wine bottle holders: about 40 of them in all sizes, shapes, with some decorated, etc. even made a large one holding two bottles. good way to get rid of leftovers and natural edge wood too nice to burn in the shop stove.
donated 20 to sell at our volunteer fire depts. annual fund raiser along with 10 birdhouses. people preferred the bottle holders made from walnut natural edge pieces.
two had a second smaller hole drilled for a bottle stopper to sit next to the bottle and sold quick. like to thank JIM JAKOSH and HUNTER/MERCHANT AND others who have previously posted tips and how to make them. they are fun and make great gifts, and conversation pieces.

-- phil, nevada

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#1 posted 05-25-2014 07:45 PM

Now that is one large bunch of bottle holders, nice work. Like the cork idea too. Not sure I would have the patience to crank out 40 of those. (-: What method/process did you use for the designs?

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 03:11 AM

Those are very nice and unique balancers!!

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

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phillip butler

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#3 posted 05-27-2014 01:37 PM

northwest29———the wood on the majority of pieces was rough claro walnut and were ramdom designs depending on the shape of the scrap. the height didnt matter much as long as it was over 11 inches. The center of the hole is about 8 1/2 inches above the base and centered 1/2 the distance of the base width.
The angle of the base cut varied from 35 to 51 degrees depending on thickness of the piece. I cut some on bandsaw and others on Sliding compound mitre saw. the holes were 90 degree on drill press then routed both sides with either chamfer or roundover bits, again depending on thickness and accessability of the wood surface. I didn’t make a jig to try and get the bottles to lay horizontal to the table. but came close anyway by working on the holes shape.
people liked the natural edge ones best with the laminated ones next.
hope this helps you

-- phil, nevada

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