Making Money with wood you would normally burn

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Project by Dennis Hunter / Laura Merchant posted 11-12-2013 12:16 AM 6362 views 42 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been making these types of wine bottle holders for three years now and every time I make them with off the wall wood live edge that would be burnt I sell them faster than I sale the one I put more time into. That one lonely hold that is fancy in the back will still be on my table long after the other ones sell.The stranger the wood looks the faster it sells. I can make a half dozen in a hour or so start to the finish. I have gotten $20.00 each for them from the start and it easy money to you. Ok once and a while someone will say thats to much and I just say you must not really need it then because I have sold 100s of them at that price. Once Laura and I set a price point on a piece we stick with that price if they are selling. I can tell everyone anything with live edge on it will sell faster than a piece that has perfect edges. My cutting boards are the same way live edge just sells and people love it. So the next time you are looking at wood and say what am I going to do with that piece turn it into a wine bottle holder and make some money with it instead of burning it. $20.00 adds up on wood you were going to toss out anyways. The hole is 1 1/2” and the angle is about 44 degrees depending on how thick the wood is, just make sure from the bottom of the hole to the bottom of the piece is at least 6” or more. Think twice before throwing out that next piece of strange wood.
Thanks Dennis

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 12:25 AM

Beatiful. Love the strager lines. The people like the form or the colours…not really the wood. So, you center in the point. Congratulations

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 12:30 AM

Cool pieces – great use of the wood!

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 01:06 AM

Nice work and thanks a lot for the specs. on the holds! I gots lots of scrap and these just may be the answer to clean a lot of it up.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 01:25 AM

Oh yes, Dennis. Some beautiful stuff there. I don’t believe there is any scraps in wood working….....well, maybe dust is

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 11-12-2013 01:53 AM

Excellent job. Your imagination keeps it from being firewood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-12-2013 02:09 AM

These wine holders seem to be very popular, and your’s look great. But is it desireable to store wine this way? Is there something about lying them in a horizontal position that helps it? Or is this just a cool or different way of doing it. Seriously, I’m not a wine person so I just don’t know.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#7 posted 11-12-2013 03:19 AM

Really nice collection there Dennis. I hear you about the live edge stuff. I have also recently started making some of these and putting simple quotes on them. All of the quoted ones are gone quickly.

@Doug- I am not a wine person either, however it is my understanding that the idea is to store the bottle in this position in order to keep the cork from drying out. That being said most bottles of wine today do not have actual corks so it become more of a display.
If anyone else knows of a different please let me know.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 11-12-2013 03:48 AM

very interesting and attractive. rustic is the word. well done

-- wiser1934, new york

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#9 posted 11-12-2013 04:18 AM

Yes, you store wine on its side because if the cork dries out it will constrict, oxygen and even some bacteria gets in and that will ultimately turn your wine into a fancy bottle of vinegar. I mean long-term storage, not weeks or months.

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#10 posted 11-12-2013 04:20 AM

Hmmm…i didnt know that ^

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#11 posted 11-12-2013 05:13 AM

I’m not a big wine drinker, but I love scotch and the principle of sideways storage – according to conventional scotch wisdom – is to never store a bottle of that precious liquid on its side. Unlike wine, the high alcohol can break the cork down, allowing in the dreaded oxygen. Also, cork in contact with scotch can ruin the delicate flavor.

Thing is, I’ve searched high and low for definitive data about whether cork will always behave that way in sideways storage and I can’t find it. Yes, a cork can ruin the taste, yes oxygen is bad for scotch, but I’ve read people who’ve informally tested this sideways thing for a few years on their own, or happened on a bottle that’s been stored sideways and nothing was wrong.

Anyway, as much as I invest it’s not something I’m willing to risk. I always store upright and in the container to keep out the light – another killer.

Forgot to add that the wine holders here are pretty cool.

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#12 posted 11-12-2013 06:07 AM

Very Nice work! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#13 posted 11-12-2013 02:10 PM

Thanks Dennis for the tip. I will be looking for the end leftovers next time.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#14 posted 11-12-2013 02:39 PM

These are really unique Dennis. I am sure that is part of the appeal. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

#15 posted 11-12-2013 06:19 PM

I would like to thank everyone for their support hope a few pf you also make some money with this old idea.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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