Balancing the wine bottle.

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Project by degoose posted 04-02-2010 07:55 AM 3553 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the longest time I have looked at these and said… one day I will try to make one of these… well that day is now here… yesterday I got serious and ripped and cross cut at a small [unknown] angle… all I do know is that the angle of the tablesaw blade was moved 20 revolutions of the wheel on the side.. so hey I am really accurate..and it balances.. Total EIGHT. Make one make a few.. hey
Then I used a large forstner bit.. I did not bother to see what size it was and then made a makeshift fence to place the timber on so that I could drill an angled [once again unknown] hole.
then used the Patron Jig.. no link… go find it for yourself… LOL…and chamfered all the edges…except the angled base.. a few coats of Wipe On Poly.. there you have it.. no biggy but I did take a while to get around to doing this one… more inventory for the show circuit.. when I get around to joining it…
BTW all are Camphor Laurel… just shows the different colours and grain patterns..
What a wonderful wood… er .. timber.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 08:16 AM

Looks like it works well for white wines. Figure out the angle for reds?
Just kidding, need to make these myself.

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 10:42 AM

Hey Larry,
Sweet work mate..well done.

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 11:40 AM

i guess these work
just as well on empty bottles ,
but from what i remember about that ,
they don’t get much attention ,
when they get that way !

nice work , larry .
and another thing off the list !

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 11:54 AM

very nice work i have to try one of these!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 01:22 PM

another cool project, going to try this one too, good work

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 02:19 PM

Oh, very nice, but – - -

I was expecting to see some pretty checker board or lightning streak pattern of various coloured (note spelling, just for you) Aussie woods!

Seriously, Larry, nice.
They’re on my list , too.


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#7 posted 04-02-2010 02:44 PM

Very nice! I was like you, I saw a lot of people selling these last year, and I figured I would add them to my bag of tricks. My first show was last weekend and they were my high volume sellers. I cut my angle at 40 deg and the hole at 1 1/4” (35mm).

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 03:59 PM

I would have expected an empty XXXX bottle.

Nice job on the cutting. Did you go through your wine cellar and find any bottles that might not work?

-- 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]

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#9 posted 04-02-2010 05:02 PM

Hey Larry, nice wine bottle holders… even nicer story!!! lol, you had me in stitches with that one… love all the details you “didn’t” bother to post… I would add more comments and compliments, but heck, to keep with your theme of omitting the details, I am going to keep them off my post and you can look them up for yourself… lol

Keep up the great work big guy,


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#10 posted 04-02-2010 05:19 PM

They look cool larry
If you want to really make one thats different make one that holds a 5 gallon bottle of water. LOL


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#11 posted 04-02-2010 06:57 PM

Beautiful, Larry!

I whipped one of these off, for some friends, while they were at my house for dinner, last week.

I’m shellac’ing it, now.

Here’s the text I followed: worked perfectly :-)

Cut a 2 3/4” wide board 8 1/4” long with one end cut at about a 40 degree angle, drill a 1 3/16” diameter hole with a hole saw or expansion bit 6 5/8” from angled end. You may have to sand the angle to adjust it to work, thickness of wood affects the balance.

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 04-02-2010 07:15 PM

Well , Larry , this is your most non-informational post to date !
I’m going to let you guess if I like your project or not ! LOL
I had looked at all of the pictures and read your entire post before looking to see who the author was , and was quite shocked to see your smiling mug there ! Have a great day , Larry ! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 04-02-2010 08:31 PM

That is AWESOME!!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#14 posted 04-03-2010 01:01 AM

Niice work, Larry.

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#15 posted 04-03-2010 01:25 PM

Would it work as well with the bottle full? I’m just surprised you’re drinking Chardonnay this early in Spring. I recommend a nice Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. ;-)

-- Less is More.....expensive

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