Christmas Gift - Wine Balancer

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Project by RDR posted 12-17-2011 09:41 PM 2321 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a wine bottle balancer. It is made of red oak with 1/2 inch purple heart inlay strips. It is finished with 4 (or 5?) coats of rattle can lacquer. I think it turned out pretty well, but when I make more I will definitely change a few things.

I first built a quick and dirty version out of aspen as a prototype to get things dialed in. I used a 45 degree angle and an 1 1/4 inch hole centered 7 inches up from the bottom edge, with an overall length of 9 1/2 inches. These seemed like pretty common dimensions that I had seen in several other postings. It worked great. Balance was strong and it didn’t feel tipsy at all. So, on to the real thing!

As it turns out, red oak and purple heart are a lot heavier than aspen. This threw the balance way out of whack. The wine bottle now had to be just barely in the hole, and it still didn’t feel very solid. Crap. So, I trimmed 1/2 to 3/4 inches off the top, which seems to help. The bottle still has to be pretty far out (see pic. 3), but it feels more solid.

I think my next batch will be cut at more like a 40 degree angle to keep the weight more over the balance point. Hopefully I’ll be able to put the neck of the bottle further in. We’ll see!

As always, comments are welcome and appreciated.

And, yes, that is Boone’s Farm… it’s for a gag gift, I promise :)

-- The Dude abides...

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 09:48 PM

A good looking wine tilt. You may want to take a look at my projects for the two jig I made to make my wine tilts. After you make up your stock, you can drill and cut one in about 2 minutes with only one measurement. I hope they enjoy the gift.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 09:57 PM

Bearpaw: Thanks for the comment. You have a much fancier set-up than I do! Great jig. I forgot to mention in my original post, but the hole in my tilt is drilled 90 degrees to the face. Also, I did it by hand, because I don’t have a drill press, so your jig would not work for me.

-- The Dude abides...

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 10:41 PM

I like that a lot. My wife has been after me to maker her one but on a much bigger scale say 30-50 bottle area. Any idea if that same ratio would work on a bigger scale?

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 11:19 PM

dmmflys: 30-50 bottles? Whoa. I have no idea, but I would doubt it. I’m not sure about the physics involved, but I’d love to see it if you do it! Good luck.

-- The Dude abides...

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 06:56 PM

Nice wine tilt.

From what I remember from my engineering Statics class (30+ years ago), the center of gravity for the bottle must be over the area where the wood contacts the counter surface.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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