"Jeannie" Bottle

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Project by toyguy posted 05-20-2011 05:14 AM 4249 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jeannie Bottle.
In 1965, NBC introduced the TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie staring Barbra Eden. Barbra played a scantily clothed 2000 year old genie; that would come out of her bottle and grant her owner (Larry Hagman) anything he wished for. You can well imagine the effect that this might have had on a young adolescent like me. To say I have always dreamed of owning such a bottle would be an understatement. So I figured, having not found one as of yet; maybe, just maybe; if I build one; she will come.

The inspiration for this piece came from Kevin Neely’s web site. As soon as I saw Kevin’s Jeannie Bottle, I knew I would have to give one a try. Using the picture from Kevin’s site, and a bit of my own imagination; I was able to cut up 159 pieces of wormy oak and walnut; rearrange, glue back together and turn to a form that is quite pleasing (in my humble opinion). Not exactly like the original network bottle used, but I think it’s just as nice. My Jeannie Bottle stands 12 inches high and 8 inches in diameter. The finish is Waterlox Original Tung Oil.

This was a really fun project to complete. I actually finished this one up about a month ago; but was reluctant to post it anywhere on the net. This project was built with the intention to enter it in our guild’s president’s challenge. Tonight was that challenge in which I am flattered to have finish second in the intermediate class; among some very nice wood turnings.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 05:28 AM

You my friend have done an amazing thing. This is beautiful!! I haven’t a clue how you go about making all those accurate cuts. knowing where just to cut and glue to make these intricate designs and then to make the grain match….. Oh, and then to hollow this whole thing!! Like I said amazing (at least to me)!!!

Thanks so much for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 06:46 AM


once in a while I see a project that stands out. This is one of them.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 05-20-2011 06:51 AM

Hi Brian.

For a 2000 year old chick, Barbara was sure well preserved eh?

(evil lear)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 05-20-2011 07:16 AM

Fantastic bottle! I too have dreamed of Jeannie. And one day may have to try this design. I only hope to do as good as you.

Keep up the wonderful work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 05-20-2011 08:43 AM

OK Brian, so where is she LOL,
This is an amasing project Hats off man this is a beautie indeed.
great balance, form & finish
I’d give it a 10

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 05-20-2011 01:28 PM

Very nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 05-20-2011 01:37 PM

that looks great

-- jim nevada

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#8 posted 05-20-2011 02:00 PM

Sweetness, I love the way you glued up your segmented pieces of wood. Beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 05-20-2011 02:51 PM

Holy Cow! Outstanding work and great photos!

-- christopheralan

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#10 posted 05-20-2011 03:02 PM

Nice Work !!! Back in School we went on a field trip to OKC somewhere and met Barbara Eden & Too Tall Jones(Football), I had thier autograph for 15+ Years till I misplaced it. :(

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 05-20-2011 03:26 PM

Really enjoyed it. Good job. And please tell me inside the bottle is hollow?

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#12 posted 05-20-2011 03:43 PM

Great project, Brian.

You brought back a lot of memories. What adolescent male of those days didn’t “dream of Jeannie”? I know I sure did. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 05-20-2011 05:20 PM

Really enjoyed it. This is all done from a single piece of wood?
It was a comment to your cup. Wrong has written a message .. Sorry.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#14 posted 05-20-2011 05:23 PM

Well done Brian.

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#15 posted 05-20-2011 06:33 PM

Very nice

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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