Bottle balancer jig

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Project by Kindlingmaker posted 01-26-2009 04:43 AM 20667 views 185 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jig is made entirely from fall offs, mostly 3/4” ply. The jig base is wider and longer than the ramp for ease of clamping to the drill press. The wood for the balancer is cut at a 40 degree bevel on one end and 90 degrees at the other end with a total length of 10”. The beveled end lays flat on the jig and rests at the bottom stop. A 1 1/4” forester bit is used to cut the 30 degree angle for the bottle neck using the drill press. Any thickness or width of wood can used. Notice that the bottle is nearly horizontal with both balancers. Using the jig the total time for making a balancer is 15 minutes. The distance from the point of the beveled end, (bottom), to the center of the bottle hole is about 7”.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#1 posted 01-26-2009 04:47 AM

that should work well.. thanks for showing it

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#2 posted 01-26-2009 06:09 AM

great idea.

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

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#3 posted 01-26-2009 12:48 PM

Nice jig, thanks for sharing with us.!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 05-06-2009 06:00 AM

I have seen other ballancers that have the hole drilled at 90 degrees and then router the edge with a 1/4 in. roundover bit. That way, the bottle can move in and out and as it does, the angle changes to where it ballances. I tried it last weekend. I used a wine barrel stave and cut both ends at approximately 45 deg. After a few adjustments on my bottom angle, it ballanced perfectly. And with the rounded over hole, I can use all types of bottles, tall, short, heavy, etc. and they all ballance eventaully. Amazing.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#6 posted 03-31-2011 01:48 AM

I like the way you think… I think I will try this… but I will provide lateral support to avoid slippage on the drill press.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 03-31-2011 02:45 AM

degoose – Since these photos were taken I made a large drill press table and the jig is clamped to that and a small clamp to hold the wood to the jig.l I used it once without clamping the wood to the jig and I have the remains of the wood hung above that drill press as a reminder to never do something that stupid again!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 03-31-2011 03:06 AM

That was what I was getting at… Tried something similar myself… only once though…..

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#9 posted 05-20-2011 04:55 AM

Looks to me as a great , quick, money maker, gift, and easy Project thanks!!

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