Tapas Servingware

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Project by DaveGlx posted 12-03-2011 01:48 PM 3332 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m trying to make tapas servingware out of bottles.
Having mastered the glass cutting, I’m now into designing wooden bases.
The bases should support the bottle and add a visual element to the piece.
So far I’ve come up with these two designs, and I’m looking for some other ideas. Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.

-- Dave -

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 02:15 PM

Nicely done!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 03:20 PM

very nice job. my wife wants one.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 03:24 PM

Very interesting, thank you for sharing this project with us

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 05:28 PM

mm tapas … nicely presented project.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 06:04 PM

cool! How do you cut the glass that way?

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 06:21 PM

Cool, very neat design!

-- "Give me wood..... And I will play with it!"

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#7 posted 12-03-2011 11:47 PM

Wow Dave I think you own this one, don’t think I have ever seen anything like these before, they are very unique & would no doubt have a very good market indeed.
As far as designs go I am sure if you sat in a quite corner of the garden, & helped empty a few more bottles for the collection, you will come up with a wealth of new ideas ::: ))))))
Love new ideas/ concepts, thanks for sharing Mate

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

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#8 posted 12-04-2011 08:49 AM

I really like this project. Went on youtube to learn how to cut the glass. Now I have 4 stitches. I might not make this one.

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#9 posted 12-04-2011 09:09 AM

Nice job, Dave. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before. Good luck with future designs, and be careful cutting those bottles.


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#10 posted 12-04-2011 10:51 AM

@Pete – Yep, I’m willing to try this method just for the sake of the art :)
@Mlke – I use a wet tile cutter to cut the bottles. Always use gloves and face mask. Clean the edge with diamond coated file and finish with emery cloth. Most important rule is never cut a bottle that you just emptied.
@Mark – I’m really sorry to hear that mate. Can you describe the method you used and what went wrong?

-- Dave -

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#11 posted 12-19-2011 04:51 AM

I was using a larger mayo jar as practice. I scribed the jar with a glass cutter, filled it with hot water, sprayed the scribe line with cold water from the sing. The glass fractured along the scribe just perfect but it didn’t pop out. I stuck my finger inside to remove the cut out and bam, off to the ER for stitches.
I’ve since tried scribing, a candle and ice. Nothing seems to work. I tried it about 12 times now and can’t get it to work.
So you used a tile cutter? I don’t have one of those.

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 03:52 AM

G’day, Dave. those are really cool!! What a neat idea on cutting out the bottles like that!!
How do you do that? Can you make a blog on it?

Another idea: Cut out both sides and mount it vertically in a wood base and make a candle holder or incense burner with a bottle!!

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

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#13 posted 01-17-2013 03:54 AM

Cool design nice work.


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#14 posted 01-17-2013 12:30 PM

G’day Jim,
There is nothing much to write for a blog. I’ll try to explain it in this post. If something is unclear just ask and I’ll clarify.
I made a few incense burners from squarish olive oil bottles.

I cut the bottles with a diamond blade install on wet tile cutter like this one.
Just adjust the fence to the correct distance and slide the bottle slowly let the water to cool it as I go. It took a few bottles to get the touch and make a relatively clean cut.
As I emphasized above the most important thing is protection. I always wear gloves, full face mask and ear muffs when using the tile cutter.
The second phase is to smooth the cut I use a diamond file finish with emery cloth.

Good luck,

-- Dave -

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#15 posted 01-24-2013 10:58 PM

Thank you so much, Dave. I know someone who has a tile cutter and I’ll see if I can borrow it. I have the diamond files and emery cloth. Now I just need to get the feel of it.
Thanks for sharing the process. This is what makes Lumberjocks so neat!! Lots of good people willing to share knowledge!!!!!!!!! I’ll try to Pay It Forward!!..........................Jim

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

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