Easy Wine Bottle Holders

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Project by Tennessee posted 11-19-2013 09:49 PM 8434 views 168 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first found a picture of one of these about 8 months ago when my wife asked me if “I could make that”. It was a Chinese made version, and it listed at $69.95 in some catalog. They did a hollow box made of some kind of particle board, I use solid wood of various types.

I’ve made so many of these now, and recently sold out of them at my museum show, so I thought I would share and maybe some people can make some easy gifts for the holidays.
They hold four 750ml wine bottles each, and look absolutely great as a center or side piece at a dinner table with friends. In addition, the wine can be consumed as you eat and the empties put back in!

Here’s how I build these, the easy way. BTW, I built all of these in way less than a day, save for letting the glueups dry overnight.
They can be built using a standard 14” bandsaw, as long as you don’t go over 17” high. Other tools I use are a planer, table saw, ROS, hand-held router with 1/8” roundover bit, HF oscillating sander. You could sub the table saw out with a band saw if needed.

I start by picking out pieces of wood that I can build into the pillar-like block. In this case, some cheap oak I had lying around that was destined to be cheap frame wood for upholstered furniture, a long, fairly useless 4.5” wide piece of cherry on the rack I cut into 17 1/2” lengths, one piece of African mahogany I had lying around, and one solid block of very old oak that I didn’t know what I would ever do with it. You could use pallet wood if you got it. It all looks great.

All my pieces are cut to about 4”X17.5”. They come out of the planer about 3/4” thick, so I put five in a stack. In this case, I alternated colors. The solid oak one was about 3 7/8” X 3 3/4”, so it was good to go.

When I glue these up, I use bar clamps top and bottom, and glue them up five boards in a section, but put as many on the bars as I am making. In this case, two sections of five boards each, all clamped up.

When I pull them out of the clamps, the only real critical issues are the top and bottom, which have to be true for standing and looks. The sides of course have to be flat, but it does not have to be a square pillar. I am usually within 1/8” or so, give or take. Just not that critical. You cannot really get away with a 4X4 from a lumber store, being 3 1/2” nominal, since it is not thick enough to handle the bottle holes. After sanding out the holes, they have to be big enough to handle the bottle plus the felt, and a little leeway to pull the bottle in and out.
Final dimensions for me are around 3 7/8” X 3 3/4” X 17”.

I lay out four holes, rotating the pillar 90’ for each hole I draw. I draw around the bottom of a standard 750ml wine bottle, and put in the tail cuts so it is easy to get in and out with a bandsaw, and looks kind of cool in the end.

After cutting, I use a 1/8” roundover bit in rounding over every edge, save for the openings to the holes since there is not enough wood there to support the bit bearing. You’ll see when you get there.

In the pictures:
The one on the right, that is the raw stock after cutting out the holes. I keep the cutouts, since they can be lathed up for other things like chime strikers, small pepper mills, etc.
The next one in line shows the three units with grain enhancer on them. I use Minwax Natural. I don’t like many of the Minwax colors, but the Natural is outstanding for making grain pop, dries really, really fast, and makes the wood explode with natural color. Way faster than an oil finish, and I’m gonna’ lacquer it over anyway. You can tell you have a small shop when your planer infeed table becomes a staining bench!!
The next one shows the units with three coats of Valspar rattle can lacquer. I was a Deft fan for years, and still am, but for easy projects like this one, Valspar is way cheaper, and these will not get much wear, and the Valspar goes on faster and dries quicker. I also sometimes use Rustoleum 2X clear coat lacquer from HD, but it piles on very quick and is prone to runs. Since this is almost all vertical, I go with the Valspar. This is not a project where you will take the time to set up a spray gun, unless you do maybe a dozen of them.
The final picture, you can see the peel and stick felt. This is the .99 cent Hobby Lobby felt. I cut it 1/8” short of the width of the hole, and cut the page the 12” length. Then I cut that into two 6” strips. You don’t want to completely felt the hole, it makes the bottle too hard to remove, and people cannot see the top of the hole, plus the bottle lays on the bottom of the hole, so that is where the felt is.

Once complete, I sell these for $35.
I have maybe $2-5 in cheap and scrap lumber, less than one can of Valspar gloss lacquer, and three sheets of felt. Total investment, less than $10 and I got three of them, and maybe three-four hours of my time.

Hope you like, and as always, copy all you want!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 10:02 PM

Outta sight! I love ‘em !!!!! This is going into my favorites file!!

Thanks, Jim

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

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 10:16 PM

What Jim said. Very nice.

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 10:25 PM

^^What they said, fantastic idea. Well done!


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#4 posted 11-19-2013 11:00 PM

They look great, I was wondering what they look like with 4 bottles in them?
Are they able to stand up by themselves, if one is removed?
Great idea, and thanks for sharing.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#5 posted 11-19-2013 11:21 PM

Very nice—this project has got to be in the record book for making it into the DT3 in 67 minutes! Congratulations on a fine project and speedy acclaim.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 11-19-2013 11:27 PM

Really cool looking. Thanks for the detailed explanation as well.


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

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#7 posted 11-19-2013 11:30 PM

They do stand nicely with bottles in them, although with only one or two bottles you might suggest using the lower holes. I had bottles in the ones I sold at my recent show, and it is kind of a common sense thing, you hold it a little while removing the bottle. Cool is when there is four bottle necks facing one in every direction. Also, this will hold the larger boutique beer bottles.
And I gotta be honest, I was stunned when I saw the DT3 email notification on my phone. I was sure someone had made a mistake. Then I saw the 13 favorites and understood. Hey, I put them on there to copy and enjoy. Who knows, someone might improve this and it will be a better seller!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#8 posted 11-19-2013 11:58 PM

Tennessee great looking project .Great way to use up the small pieces of wood we all have laying around the shop .Thanks for building info going. to try and get couple done for christmas presents .Will post if I get them done in time .

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#9 posted 11-20-2013 12:32 AM

What are thoughts on cutting out the holes with a fortsner bit or hole saw using a drill press? Would keep the holes perfect and maybe decrease the sanding time….all you would need is to “open” the holes with the bandsaw, jigsaw even.

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#10 posted 11-20-2013 01:12 AM

Great idea! Does the felt seem to be a necessity or not? They look good without felt – jsut curious…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 11-20-2013 01:51 AM

Just saw your post. I started making these in 2009 and sold them at craft shows with other items they did not do all that well for me.

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#12 posted 11-20-2013 02:30 AM

ol, I also thought of a hole saw or fortsner bit, but in the end the band saw was cheaper. I didn’t want to spend money on a dedicated tool.
Steve, one reason for the felt, it seems that people appreciate the felt against glass, and it saves me a ton of time since I only have to get the wood smooth enough to take the felt glue, not sanded up to a smooth finish like the outside. Inside the holes is harder to reach. The felt also provides some resistance in keeping the bottle in place.
Bob, I think I have two answers to your poor sales: One, alcohol sales are up in this economy, and wine is leading the way by miles. Just go into any liquor store, and they are now predominantly wine. Second, maybe you were before your time?

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#13 posted 11-20-2013 05:10 AM

This is AWESOME! Thanks for all the info, as I will be in my shop trying my hand at these tomorrow. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 11-20-2013 05:12 AM

Oh I really like those Paul. I have been using the spray on felt for boxes I build but perhaps I will look on line for some of the felt you used. I can see some of these with a lager base attached to help balance them. Will make a few and try them in the Galleries I sell to.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#15 posted 11-20-2013 02:53 PM

Those are great wine bottle holders.
And thank you for all the info on how you make them.
I bet they do sell well – beautifully done and the price is reasonable.
Going to add this to my favorites.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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