Wine Balancers

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Project by RAH posted 10-25-2007 05:10 AM 15569 views 73 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these for Christmas presents last year for family, I also give them to clients. They are fun and everyone needs to touch them to see if they are nailed down.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#1 posted 10-25-2007 05:15 AM

Cool. Did it take you a few trys to get the balance point down?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-25-2007 05:31 AM

I made a few prototypes to get them right.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#3 posted 10-25-2007 05:35 AM

I like those. What a good gift Idea. Can you give us the design secrets of hole placement and angle?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 10-25-2007 05:53 AM

Great job on the bottle holders.

-- 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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#5 posted 10-25-2007 06:54 AM

I agree the holders are really nice – don’t much like wine, but the design is really neat.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 10-25-2007 03:26 PM

Blake, They are 10 1/2” by 4”, ( the width can be 3”) the angle is 45 degrees and The hole is 1 1/4”. I did a round over in the hole but not too large or it will change the angle of the bottle. I use scrapes and glue the together, ogee on the side for different design. You would find many takers in your area with all the wineries around
bear Creek Rd., I use to live in Los Gatos across the freeway from Lexington reservoir, my brother lives in Brookdale. Bill I’m not big on wines either, however my son works at Gallo winery, for those out of town thats a small winery in the central valley of California

-- Ron Central, CA

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#7 posted 10-25-2007 03:42 PM

RAH, one detail is missing: How far from the bottom of the board is the center of the hole?? The correct height for the hole would also determine the center of gravity.

-- Dekker -

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#8 posted 10-25-2007 04:01 PM

Sorry details, 7” from bottom to center of hole.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#9 posted 10-25-2007 05:58 PM

This a really neat idea! I don’t drink wine but I work at a liquor store. *BG I might have to try this it like how does that work? How thick are the boards? Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 10-25-2007 08:14 PM

Well, nice of you to give up the design details. That’s very generous of you. Neat design.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 10-25-2007 10:00 PM

i actually have one of these a guy who owns a fish market makes them in the shape of a fish and sells them in his market. not nearly as nice as these by far . i tried a bottle of jack daniels wouldnt work !

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#12 posted 10-25-2007 10:02 PM

I’ve seen plans for one that is a half circle or partial circle … I’ll try to find it.

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#13 posted 10-27-2007 06:04 AM

As the bottle is emptied does it change the point of balance?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 10-27-2007 06:51 AM

Hey Todd, it works when the bottle is full, empty or half full (which usually makes it empty quicker!)

I made some of these with a thicker base… triangular in profile, based on a description of the design in Wood a year or two back. Quite stable in use, and looks pretty cool, but yours pull off the illusion better. Thanks for sharing the details to make a thinner one.

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

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#15 posted 10-27-2007 04:35 PM

TODD!!! coming from a NAPAN…dont open the bottle if you cant finish it…just kidding…GREAT IDEA…One of these days I am going to get my skills up and steal all the cool wine designs and make a killing in this valley—-hey i could retire from teaching a bit early!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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