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Nice job. I made some of these a few weeks ago. I struggle getting the hole drilled clean at that angle.
 

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I went straight down. There were some that were done at 45 degrees, but I didn't bother. I drilled the whole way through at the center with a small drill bit and then went half way through with a 1.5" forstner, flipped it over and finished it off. I got a perfect hole with no tear out.
 

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Would the whole thing tip over with less wine or does it stand up regardless of the level? This is very cool.
 

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Belated welcome, nice simple project. I love making these, like you I find a straight hole works just as well. Even better that your young son helped. It is great to have your kids in the shop with you.

Look forward to seeing more projects.

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Everyone has to start somewhere. Good job.

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TxB, in the interest of science my wife finished the wine so we could fill it up with water. The bottle still balanced. It was actually more stable full than half empty. Basically, the stem of the bottle moves out as the fluid lessens.

@ CtL, thanks! My son gets excited when we run the power tools. Hates sanding though…I'm right there with him on that one.
 

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Nice job. Like Monte said, you have to start somewhere. You should see my first work. I don't even want to go there.
I 'm still amazed on how these work.
 

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Good job. Wine balancers are an awesome project. Made one of these from live edge cherry for my friends house warming, took me like 10 minutes and they got super excited when they figured out how it works, still is a centrepiece on their mantle.

Even more than the project itself I love the fact that your son helped, building wine balancers and great memories!
 

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Sanding is not a part of the project that most woodworkers enjoy. But wait until you start doing it on a project on the lathe. It is about the only time my daughter likes to sand.

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