Ghosts of Christmas Present #3 - Wine bottle balancer

  • Advertise with us
Project by scottb posted 01-12-2009 03:33 AM 3256 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made a couple of these before out of oak, right off the firewood pile no less. This one was modeled after the one I kept, rather than go and search for the (missing) plans from Wood magazine.

What should have been a nice easy project, ended up being quite an exercise in patience and determination.

Despite having a model to work from I had a heck of a time getting this one cut and drilled at the proper angle. The block of maple I used was a hair shorter than the plans would have called for, and getting the angle on my (nearly dead) drill press was, well not fun.

At least the height changes didn’t effect the geometry that keeps this balancer upright (and very sturdy) with a full (or empty) bottle of any size.

Here it is, with lots of thanks to the shopsmith in disk sander mode. The faces cleaned up beautifully, and the edges are nice and crisp. Unlike the plans straight lines, I put a rounded profile on the “downward” side for interest. An intentional design element, or the result of my bandsaw that hasn’t been playing nice (when it chooses to play at all)?

Hard maple, sanded smooth, oiled and waxed.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

4 comments so far

View Karson's profile


35229 posts in 5316 days

#1 posted 01-12-2009 04:29 AM

Looks great Scott. So these things can be made with anything. Huh!

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

View davetermite's profile


9 posts in 4342 days

#2 posted 01-13-2009 07:44 AM

When did Wood magazine print the plans for these?

View Moron's profile


5048 posts in 4809 days

#3 posted 01-13-2009 07:51 AM

the secretary at a buddies shop made something like that and I happened to be there when she made it. It was her first project and I near died of shellshock when the it worked!!!!!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

View winecountrywhimsy's profile


99 posts in 4263 days

#4 posted 05-07-2009 05:08 AM

I made one this weekend out of a barrel stave. The trick I learned from another post was to drill the hole straight at 90 deg. but then router the edges on both sides of the piece with a 1/4 in. roundover bit. That allows you to move the bottle back and forth and change the distance and angle that the bottle sticks out of the hole. You can then use if for different sizes and weights of bottles.

I just have to put the finish on it then I will post pics. It was a little tricky with the barrel stave because it is curved from end to end and side to side, but that gives it an interesting look, along with the wine stains and natural marks from the barrel.

Thanks for the ideas.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics