Another Bottle Balancer

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Project by Kindlingmaker posted 05-06-2009 05:24 AM 3758 views 28 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A quick little project of making a bottle balancer that looked different than others that I have made using recovered redwood and pair of 7” poplar dowels. The idea was to have the bottle balance almost horizontal with the base angle being cut at 40 degrees. For this I used a 1 1/4” forester bit and bored at a 30 degree angle for the bottle hole. Next I match bored ½” holes for the dowels in the upper and lower parts. Knowing that sanding would be more difficult once assembled I sanded everything before the dowels were glued in with TiteBond III. Two coats of Varathane semi gloss with sanding in between coats using 400 grit sandpaper, then another sanding and a coat of Johnson’s Paste Floor Wax. The darker redwood and the whiteness of the poplar dowels gives the bottle balancer a bit of a modern look. Project time: About 1 ½ hours total. (minus drying times)

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

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#1 posted 05-06-2009 05:44 AM

Very cool design, I have been wanting to make some and have been thinking of some unique “I think” designs.

-- Measure three times, cut twice.

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#2 posted 05-06-2009 05:48 AM

When I first looked I though you made one of these that was adjustable for different bottles, then I read that it is glued.

I just finished a bottle ballancer myself made from a wine barrel stave. One more coat of poly and I will post it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#3 posted 05-06-2009 05:57 AM

That’s cool. Wouldn’t one dowel work too? Might look cool.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 05-06-2009 08:54 AM

Nice out of the box design. What do people do with these? Set them around for decoration?

-- 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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#6 posted 05-06-2009 09:25 AM

Very nice


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Bob Collins

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#7 posted 05-06-2009 01:03 PM

Great version of the project. Nice design and can see members brains ticking over already. Mine is.
What thickness wood is used Very modern look.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 05-06-2009 01:45 PM

Good idea.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#9 posted 05-06-2009 02:34 PM

winecountrywhimsy: wine barrel staves would be great but none down this way. mtnwild: one dowel would and does work just the attaching point has to be strong enough topamaxSurviver: It is more art than function but they do function Bob Collins: the wood is 1 3/4” thick, top is 3 1/8”x 3 1/8”, bottom is 3 1/8”x6 3/4” socalwood: this was an old gazebo and deck and I saved as much wood from it as I could. The wood had many think coats of paint and under it was old growth redwood.

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

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#10 posted 05-06-2009 05:08 PM

That redwood looks great! The grain is real tight I do not know that you can find redwood today that looks that good. Nice work.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 05-06-2009 05:08 PM

Kewl, I like it. I make a lot of these bottle balancers & your is very unique. Nice job.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#12 posted 05-06-2009 06:17 PM

great weekend project i will have to try 1 of these.
question. would the angle (40 deg.) have to change for different size/weight bottles ?

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#13 posted 05-06-2009 07:08 PM

eddy: Not really unless its something really different. The balance comes from where the bottle neck is placed in the upper hole. Most makers bore the upper hole 90 degrees to the wood with the bottom angle at 45 degrees and the bottle is angled up. My upper 30 degree and bottom 40 degree gives me a horizontal bottle. A note here: The thicker the wood the easier to balance and more steady the bottle.

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

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#14 posted 03-31-2011 01:50 AM

Totally out there…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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