40 degrees on the base and i made a jig to hold it under the drill press. i want to say it was about 30-35 degrees and about 8 inches from the base. African Mahogany + boiled linseed oil + 4 coats of tiger garnet shellac. It's a gift for someone. I was told some wines need to be stored tilted so the wine touches the cork so that's why it's not horizontal.