Gravity Wine Bottle Holders

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Project by TZH posted 12-28-2010 07:16 PM 3818 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just some quick and easy Christmas gifts for the family. Saw variations of these on LJ’s and thought I’d try it. Found the 45 degree angle many specified was a little too slanted for my taste, plus the bottle came out almost horizontal when I’ve been told by some of my wine loving in-laws the bottle should tip toward the cork when being stored. So, I changed the angle to 36 degrees and drilled the holes with a 1 1/4” forstner bit (may need to go to 1 3/8” in the future as some of the necks are just slightly too large) at a 90 degree angle. Overall, I’m very pleased with these. The first one is mahogany for my Mom and Pop in-law, the next two are black walnut, and the last two are Rocky Mountain Red Juniper. My kids got all excited about cranking out a bunch of these and trying to sell them (they think they’ll be a really hot item – I’m not so sure, but am willing to try, I guess). All are finished with one coat of Zinsser dewaxed shellac and three coats of Minwax hand rubbed poly.

Thanks for looking.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 07:50 PM

I’d agree that these are fun and easy to make, plus a good use for cutoffs.

I made a few as gifts, but haven’t postem them yet, as 2 of them still need the finish applied. I used a 40-degree angle and it also worked well.

I like your rustic look here.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 12-28-2010 08:17 PM

How do you get the bottle to stand on it’s own like that?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 12-28-2010 09:00 PM

Jonathan, thanks for the positive feedback. I think the degree of angle is just a matter of experimentation – at least it was with me. I just happened to like the 36 degrees that I came up with.

Cozmo35, it’s just a matter of finding the right position for the bottle after sticking the neck into the hole. It’s not really that hard to do because once you’ve found the correct position, the counter weight of the bottle itself keeps the whole thing upright as shown (doesn’t seem possible, does it? But it works – I was skeptical at first, too, but became a believer after I did one and tried it). The kids even jumped up and down near the table these were on to see if they’d fall, but they didn’t move at all. As you consume the contents of the bottle, it can even be put back into the hole (with a cork securely in the bottle neck to prevent leaking, of course), only you have to reposition the bottle based on its weight in order to get it to stay. Hope that helps.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#4 posted 12-28-2010 10:24 PM

TZH, Thanks for explaining it. Now, I’ll have to try it. I’ll let you know if jumping up and down works for me. LOL!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 12-28-2010 11:04 PM

I might get a little tipsy, but it appears the bottle will be stable. Great little projects. I’ll have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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