Wine Tilts

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Project by ChrisJ posted 05-04-2011 03:10 AM 3502 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a gift for some friends and wanted to spend some time making them something instead of buying. I had seen these tilts on lumberjocks and was fascinated by the physics of them. I mocked a couple up out of pine to test my angles and made these out of oak. The first one (pics 1 & 2) was a happy accident—I was trying to make the tilt wider at the bottom than the top and didn’t flip the wood before cutting it on the tablesaw. The result is a tilt that has a top about 10 degrees to the right of the bottom. I wasn’t sure it would work, but as you can see, it did. I finished them with some polyurethane and called it good. Even after making them and testing them, I still don’t think they should work…gotta love physics!

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robert triplett

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 04:57 AM

They are fun. I made 13 of these from DeGoose’s blog. I did an assortment of hardwoods. People loved looking at them at a show last weekend, but didn’t sell a one. It was mostly a cutting board buying crowd. A couple of people wondered why I had nailed the board to my shelf!! They knocked it over as they touched it. Now my wife wants her bottle of wine back. If they don’t sell my relatives will have them as presents. I’m also wondering how to do one for a half full bottle.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 02:04 PM

Nice balancer.
Robert, the one I made will balance a full or empty bottle! The base angle is 54 degrees.The hole is 1 3/8”

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 06:41 PM

Jim- How far from the bottom of the board is the hole? that will affect the center of gravity.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 04:00 AM

I love those things! Great gifts!

-- christopheralan

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