Wine Bottle Balancers

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Project by A10GAC posted 12-25-2009 04:01 AM 2239 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Many thanks to John W. Nixon over at Eagle Lake Woodworking for posting the measured drawing on his site. My wife saw the pictures and loved the idea; so off to the shop I went. I used red oak with Minwax’s cherry stain and fast dry satin polyurethane.

The balancers are dated with an inlaid 2009 coin; since I was a little worried about the poly changing the dimension of the inlay relief, I used the spray-on version. I’m pretty happy with the product, it went on easy and dried very quickly. I sprayed two coats, then buffed it smooth with rubbing compound and sprayed on an additional coat. They feel very smooth and still have the satin look I was after.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#1 posted 12-25-2009 04:04 AM

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#2 posted 12-25-2009 07:57 PM

Very nice! These balancers are easy to make and they are great to give as gifts. It’s kind of neat to give one to someone who has never seen one before and watch them try and figure out what it’s for. I really like the idea of inlaying the penny with the current year on it…that will serve good purpose to date your work 40 years from now!
I appreciate you siting me as a source in your project….thanks.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#3 posted 12-02-2010 03:24 AM

Those look Great!
I hope I can get out of the other shop and into my wood shop for a few hours and put some together. That would be nice to play with.

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