Wine bottle puzzle

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Project by LesB posted 11-24-2009 06:38 AM 26946 views 67 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these several years ago as Xmas presents for people who were “hard to buy for”.
Put a nice bottle of wine or champagne in the wine puzzle, put the lock piece on and put the instructions for solving it in a sealed envelope saying ” for emergency only.
I made the tube full length and then sliced it in half on an angle which provided two bases. The bottom of the tube was cut to fit and glued in last. The cap is made by laminating a 1/4” piece of mahogany plywood with the hole for the puzzle lock in it.. between two pieces of oak cut with 45 degree edges.
I took this idea from a commercial version that appeared to have the bottle hole drilled in a block of wood. Not having a large enough drill bit to duplicate that I decided to make the oak hexagon tube. Worked well and looked better than the commercial version.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 06:42 AM

Oops. I forgot to put in a picture of the locking part in place but you can see it in the illustration.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 06:47 AM

Come on Les I confuse easily.

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 09:44 AM

Why’s the bottle empty? ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 02:35 PM

Because he figured out the puzzle ;-).

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 04:12 PM

I would fight with the puzzle even if the bottle was empty.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 05:01 PM

Were there any plans to go with this, or where did you find the plans. I know a lot of wine drinkers.

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 05:18 PM

Just got a few logs of black locust. The chain saw threw sparks sawing this wood of steel. Anyone have suggestions as to how my factory level blade in a Grizzly band saw (resaw) will survive cutting this into planks? The blade has about 10-12 teeth/inch if I recall correctly.

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 09:15 PM

That’s great – favorited for next christmass

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#9 posted 11-25-2009 01:12 AM

Great job! Any chance you have plans? I’d love to turn this into a Christmas gift…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#10 posted 11-25-2009 01:48 AM

super cool, i want to see it locked.

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 06:53 PM

OK, I’m out of town until next week. When I get back I will post some measurements and a locked picture.
In the mean time the base needs to be just big enough to hold a wine bottle (or champagne if you are a big spender). The octagonal sections are just 3/8” wood with 22.5 degree bevels. As I said I made a full tube with them and then cut it in half at an angle producing two bases. Because the octagon may not come out perfect (and in this case it doesn’t have to) I made the bottom to fit. All parts are glued together. I bought the round ball on the locking cord an the flat square piece on the end has to be too large to fit through the hole on the part that goes on the top of the bottle. Make sure the cord does not stretch. The cord that goes around the bottle passes through holed drilled just above the bottom and needs to be just long enough to allow everything to fit together.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 11-25-2009 11:35 PM

way cool, dig it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 05:16 AM

This is an awesome gift idea. Thanks for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 12-22-2010 09:01 PM

Hi Les,

I was hoping to find plans for this puzzle. How important are the sizes/proportions of the moving pieces? could you provide any dimensions?

Thank you!

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