Wine Cork Cutting Jig

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Project by Kelly posted 09-15-2014 02:22 PM 9443 views 19 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch


[1.0] To make this jig, you need a piece of wood no less than 1-1/4” square on the sides and about 5” long, which happen to be the measurements of my jig.

[1.1] The measurements of the jig can be varied. As long as you have enough room to drill the hole, and the jig isn’t too cumbersome to use, it could be most any measurement. For example: Your jig could be 1-3/8” square by 5-1/2”; or, your jig could be 1-3/8” by 3-1/2”, the measurements of a standard 2×4, by 6”.

[2.0] Once you have your piece cut, you need to drill a hole to hold corks.

[2.1] To drill the hole, first find center on one end. If your piece is square on the sides, you need only make an X by drawing straight lines from corner to corner.

[2.2] If your piece is not square, measure the short side and then mark that measurement on the long sides, then draw your X using this points.

[2.3] To insure the drilled hole runs true, 90 degrees from the table, you can use a couple pieces of scrap to support the piece on a side and end.

[2.4] Using a 1” spade, spur or Forstner bit, drill down into the end about 1-1/2”, using the center of the X you just marked as your starting point.

[2.5] I used a Forstner bit because they cut smoother than spade bits, but a spur bit would cut about as smooth as a Forstner.

[2.6] Whether using a hand drill or a drill press, clamp the jig to your support scraps. This will keep it from spinning and, possibly injuring you. Too, if the bit blows out the side because your drill did not stay 90 degrees to the wood, it won’t hit your hand.

[2.7] When cutting deep holes, back the bit out often, to clear the debris from the hole, so the bit can work less hard and run cooler.

[2.8] This jig has already been used, so you can see the kerf, which cuts into the hole each time a cork is cut.

[3.0] To help you pull the jig back, after each cut, make an indentation on the opposite end from which you just drilled your hole. It only needs to go in about 1/8”, but can go deeper, because it’s not a critical. The indentation in my jig is visible in the first picture.

[4.0] To make your first cut, mark center and the end of the jig, over the hole you just drilled (e.g., if your jig is 1-1/2” wide, the mark will 3/4” from each edge).

[4.1] Install your band saw fence and set the blade guides so they just clear the jig.

[4.2] Touch the center-mark you made to the blade, then move the fence against the jig and lock it in place. Now, each time the jig pushes into the blade, it will run down the center of the jig.

[4.3] Insert a cork in the hole, push the jig against the fence, with the indentation facing up, and run the jig into the blade, making a kerf about 1-5/8” long, or just a little past the bottom of the hole (you only need to go deep enough to cut the cork in half).

[4.4] Use the indentation o to pull the jig back, then shake the cork out and load another.


(1) Sometimes the corks will pull out of the jig as you draw it back to you. I just keep going until several accumulate, but not so many they start dropping off the back of the table. Then I leave the jig in the blade so I can reach around behind the somewhat shielded blade. Of course, use appropriate caution.

(2) If your corks have names you want to display, pay attention to how you load the corks.

As usual, use caution and common sense.

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 06:00 PM

Hello kelly

Good idea

I will make one like yours in the future : smple but effective !!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 06:43 PM

Nice functional jig.

Hmmm…. If only I now knew, what to use 800 half wine corks for?

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 06:54 PM

Yep, after years of engineering, and many bottles of wine….......

The wife had two LARGE trunks full of new corks her late husband brought home when the winery he had been working at shut down. I was trying to think of uses for them, since craft stores want five bucks for a bag of about fifteen of them.

Want to guess what family members get for special occasions?

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 08:28 PM

Thanks for the post Kelly. Now I know what to do with the 900+ corks that we have saved over the years. What are you using to attach the cord to flat surface’s, epoxy, construction adhesive, or?

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

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#5 posted 09-15-2014 09:40 PM

To attach the corks to boards, Northwest, I just use a hot glue gun. You know how they work: “Ouch, that’s one cork”; “Ouch, that’s two corks”; “Ouch. . . .”

For family members, I put some letters in my opaque projector and enlarged them to about 18” tall, then we attach corks to the letters for a personalized gift.

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#6 posted 09-15-2014 10:52 PM

That’s a neat jig and thanks for sharing. I am kind of curious what all you guys are doing saving the hundreds of corks you’ve all been saving? lol The wife and I end up chucking ours in the garbage. Have I been missing out on something? ;)

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#7 posted 09-15-2014 11:18 PM

There are many ideas on the Net for using corks.

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#8 posted 09-15-2014 11:25 PM

Like the setup!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#9 posted 09-15-2014 11:56 PM

Looks like a very useful jig!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 09-16-2014 12:51 AM

Excellent design….I will definitely try this…the last time I made up a batch of framed corks, I spent way too much time cutting them by hand…what a PITA…...

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#11 posted 09-16-2014 03:08 AM

That’s what I love about these forums, someone post an idea, someone else improves on it and shares it, making us all a bit better at what we love.

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