I finally made it!

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I mentioned when I replied to the bottle balancer that Jim Jakosh recently posted that I had been struggling with drilling a hole at an angle. Jim showed a jig that he had made for this purpose so I set about making something similar. It worked, but it was very slow going with a lot of heat generated, this led me to think of an easier way to produce a working bottle balancer. Because this was an experiment, I didn’t produce one of my usual photo-shoots.

This final working model ended up being made from an off-cut of Melamine coated MDF 4” wide and 9.5” long by just 5/8” thick. I drilled a 40mm hole perpendicular to the surface with it’s centre 2” from the top. Using a 45° bearing bit in the table, I routed a chamfer on both sides. The bottom was cut at 35° and the fancy edge was also routed on the table. The red was wood dye and the rose a transfer as used by kids as mock tattoos. Unfortunately I applied it whilst the lacquer was still tacky, a BAD idea, it took all the sparkle out of it. I have tested many different bottles, sizes, shapes and weights with surprisingly perfect results.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 06:37 AM

Nice job Harry. Interesting bottle of plonk

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 06:45 AM

Nice colors…................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 09:59 AM

Slow the drill press down to the lowest speed….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 11-20-2012 11:58 AM

I like it, using the chamfer angle to create the the right amount of bottle lean is an improved design,IMO !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 11-20-2012 02:44 PM

Now that’s looking at the problem from a different angle ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 11-20-2012 02:54 PM

great design for a balancer harry :) must be alot of work getting the angle right.

-- -Thomas -

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 05:24 PM

nice job harry, i guess you found another use for fake tattoos

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#8 posted 11-20-2012 06:11 PM

Hey Harry!

Pretty good “balancing act” you’ve got there!

I wondered if one could handle different bottles & sizes…


Can they be easily upset or knocked over?

I’ve been thinking of doing one too…. Just haven’t to it yet… Maybe yours will push me over the hill to DO IT! LOL

Sure looks simple enough!

COOL combo of 45 on the hole sides and 35 degrees at the base…

What is the ALT Code for degrees symbol?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 11-20-2012 09:06 PM

Definitely making one of these! Excellent job, and thanks for the details!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#10 posted 11-20-2012 09:31 PM

Perfect balancing!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 11-21-2012 01:37 AM

I’m really touched by all your very nice comments guys. Whilst drilling the hole at a 45° on the original test pieces, the 12 speed drill press was on it’s second lowest speed and the hole was OK but it was hard going and for anyone wishing to make these to sell, I felt it wasn’t the way to go.
The code for the degree sign is ALT and 0176 using the number pad. As for stability, because the hole is 40mm with a decent chamfer, it is surprisingly stable even though the material is only 5/8” thick, 3/4” or more would, I think be even better. As fo accepting different size bottles Joe, take a peep at these shots!

Here are a few more!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#12 posted 11-21-2012 02:29 AM

Harry…. Funny you should post these now, as I just finished looking at a video on how to make these. ( U tube ). The angle for the base is around 36 deg and that’s about it. The hole can be made at straight angle. They recommend 1 3/8” hole. I’ve made two of them and they work just fine. They were about 9” long. Now I have to find me some tatoo decals!! Good job anyways.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#13 posted 11-21-2012 04:11 AM

Nice job. If you are into jigs for making the wine tilt, look at my post “it is all in the Jig”. You have quite a collection of bottles to test it on.

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

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#14 posted 11-21-2012 04:24 AM

Looks great!...Should we be concerned by the amount of alcohol you have laying around?

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#15 posted 11-21-2012 05:48 AM

I started out by making a jig similar to the one posted by Jim Jakosh recently and it worked just fine, however it took far longer to drill the hole compared to drilling one perpendicular. Besides, virtually all my many projects which I’ve posted over the past few years on “” have been aimed at beginners and consist of photo-tutorials. After discarding the idea of using a jig, I started to experiment, finally ending up with the 40mm hole with a 45° chamfer on each side and a 35° angle at the bottom. This combination produced the most stable balancer for a whole range of bottle sizes, weights and shapes. A lady member of the other forum who described herself as “blond and Polish” asked if it was possible to produce these balancers with the router hand-held because at the moment she is without a router table.
This morning I made another balancer using the router hand held and photographed each stage and hopefully I’ll post the result on both forums this evening.
As for all the booze Daniel, We rarely drink at all, most of it has been presents or bought duty free at prices that were just too good to miss! Only a few days ago we binned an unopened cask of Lambrusca and an almost full cask of tawny port, both had use by dates several years ago!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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