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Project by George_SA posted 07-21-2012 08:31 PM 2938 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and his fiance visited last week, something which is rare due to his busy schedule. We spent some time in the shop making wine bottle balancers for his fiance’s father who ordered 5 after seeing my Fibonacci spiral wine bottle balancer.

The balancers were made from an old fence post that was among my woodpile for many years. Picture no. 2 has a base because that was the last of the post and the pieces were too thin and short to get a balance in the normal manner. We decided to put some elements of the unfinished wood to contrast with the finished wood. It gives the idea of before and after.

Picture no 6 had a small oops as we drilled the hole in the wrong side. The name tag in the front hides the hole from the front. We decided to to ad a similar piece of wood to the back to cover the hole.

My son’s fiance wrote a secret letter to her father which was sealed within the hole, which he will probably never see, but it is good to know that it is there.

It was nice to spend some time with my son doing something that we both enjoy :-) (BIG smile)

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 01:46 AM

These look easier than they really are! I am a medium-level woodworker, using various tools and building a variety of projects. However, I spent a couple of days playing with these and could never get it right! My wife got mad and told me to quit playing and get on to money-making projects, so I never got back to it. Are there any special “tricks of the trade” you could share? The angle and size of the holes, bottom angle, etc. Plans are abundant on the internet and I pretty much duplicated what I saw, however they never stood up!

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 05:36 AM

I plan on doing a blog detailing my experience and insights in making these. I will keep you posted. For now, The angle that I cut is about 40degrees. The length from the center of the hole to the sharp end of the bottom (the front) is 187mm. The hole size between 32 and 35 mm. My first one I cut a little bit longer and sneaked up to the length by cutting of a bit and trying it until it balanced. The thicker the wood, the easier it balances. The thickness of the wood about 35 to 40 mm. Thinner wood will also balance, but it is a little bit more difficult.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#3 posted 07-22-2012 10:36 AM

You motivated me to build some too. I have wanted to do one for a long time. Today is the day. Thanks.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 09:26 AM

Very nice you inspired my first project with these beautiful wine holders. I made one from some driftwood I found and I love the way it turned out. Thanks for the inspiration.

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#5 posted 11-15-2012 07:00 AM

I need to make some more of these… I have nearly sold out of the last batch… I am inspired by the natural feature grade timber… rough as…

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