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Forum topic by Richard posted 05-23-2016 10:02 PM 832 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-23-2016 10:02 PM

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I have been needing to make some Wine Bottle Balancers and have a couple of questions.
I have seen designs that were anywhere from 1 1/2” to 3” wide and also 3/4” to 1” thick and 8” to 12” in length.
Also I have seen the holes for the bottle neck 1” and 1 1/4” Dia.

I am guessing that a 7/8” to 1 ” thick board would balance better than a 3/4” thick due to the larger footprint but would 3/4” be OK if that is all I have available ?

Also would a 1 1/4” hole for the bottle be too big for a board only 1 1/2” wide and would a 3/4” thick by 3” wide board balance better than a 1 1/2” or 2” wide board ?

I guess I could just try and find out but if anybody already knows, why reinvent the wheel.


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#1 posted 05-24-2016 01:55 AM

I made a few of these.
The wine bottle neck drilled hole at 1.25” D
the angle of the bottle hole to the balance board, 49d
the angle on the ends of the balance boards at 45d
the length, depends upon the type of bottle, [high shoulder vs sloped shoulder]
start long and keep cutting until they balance!
Use straight lumber, laminated, natural edge slab, exotic wood, pallet wood, scrap wood, anything that is available.
I have used Birdseye Maple, Cocobolo, Tazmania Blue Gum, Claro Walnut, Madrone, Red Oak, White Oak, and litterally a dozen other varities.
I prefer lumber that is greater than 3/4” thick, [1.00” is gr8]
Have fun

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#2 posted 05-25-2016 05:01 PM

I’ve made them out of 3/4” and they seem to balance ok. Also made them at 7/8” with no problem. There’s no magical formula for the hole position or balance angle; I’ve seen them all over the place. Simply move the bottle in or out of the hole to adjust the balance.

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#3 posted 05-25-2016 05:21 PM

I am going to try and do some this weekend if the weather holds out and all I have is 3/4” so we will see how it goes.. Will see if I can just drill the hole at 90 and also see if I can get an angle hole drilled with my forstner bit with out tearing up the hole to much.

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#4 posted 05-25-2016 05:36 PM

I just drill the hole square to the face; never done the angled thing.

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#5 posted 05-25-2016 07:17 PM

I’ve done them anywhere from 1/2” to 1” or a little more. They all balanced, just a matter of playing with the bottle a little until it does. Never tried drilling the hole at anything other than 90° to the face, so not sure how that would work.

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