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200+ Wine Bottle balancers #3: Angled hole? NO straight thru.

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Blog entry by CueballRosendaul posted 667 days ago 2701 reads 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Several people have asked if I bored the neck hole at a 42 degree angle too, and the answer is no. When I made the first batch of these 10 years ago I did, actually they were at a 45 degree angle. That’s pretty hard to do and made for a very tippy piece when using 3/4” stock. If you notice most of the ones people make that have an angled hole have a much bigger foot than just 3/4” stock. It also made a lot of tear-out on the back of the piece. It’s not just as easy as chucking up a forstner bit and drilling a hole. Try it sometime. It’s a nice effect to have the bottle perfectly horizontal, but it’s actually more dramatic to have it sticking up in the air a bit more. Here’s a short video I shot to send to the bride to be showing the difference.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.



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sedcokid

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#1 posted 666 days ago

Thanks for the good info, the video was good!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 666 days ago

So what angle did you use?

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CueballRosendaul

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#3 posted 665 days ago

Angle is 42 degrees for the base. On the original project page theres a picture of my template piece with the dimensions. but I’ll repost it here.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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CueballRosendaul

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#4 posted 665 days ago

hmm, looks like photobucket cropped the pic. overall length (long side) is 8 1/4” and the bottom is 42 degrees.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#5 posted 663 days ago

Thanks for this information – I just recently made my first three balancers and struggled mightily trying to setup my drill press for a 45 degree hole through a test piece. I finally gave that up and just went 90 degrees to the face and was satisfied with the result. I did get the 45 degree hole drilled, but also feel the end of the bottle sticking up is a bit more dramatic. I cut my bottom at 45 degrees versus the 42 you mention with stock that’s between 3/4” and 1” without any problems getting the bottles to balance.

CVinje

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CueballRosendaul

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#6 posted 663 days ago

CVinje, glad I’m not the only one who struggled with drilling an angled hole. It’s a tough task. I knew there was no way I was drilling 200 of them.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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Zelbar

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#7 posted 659 days ago

I do the straight through drilled hole and like the results and it is easy and fast. I use a 7/8” stock instead of the 3/4 that Cueball uses.

-- With more power you can make toothpicks faster

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CueballRosendaul

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#8 posted 659 days ago

Good call on thicker stock. At 7/8 thickness, the footprint is nearly 3/16” wider for greater stability.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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greg48

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#9 posted 659 days ago

Wow, how timely. I was just thinking of making up a couple for someone who considers himself a “conn-e-sewer” (not knowing french, I spelled it phonetically, I think).
THANK YOU

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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CharlieBhoy

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#10 posted 569 days ago

Hi Cueball, just want to say that I’ve used your design quite a few times now, great little gift to go with a nice bottle of wine. Saw quite a few online but given that you had made 200 I thought that your design was the one to go with. Being from the UK I’m metric all the way but this is the only thing I’ve got in my notebook that has the design measurements in imperial. Wish you American’s would see the light and move to metric, it would make my life so much easier!

Anyway, thanks again for this posting, it’s a great addition to an amazing site.

-- Charlie

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CueballRosendaul

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#11 posted 568 days ago

Charlie, You’re Welcome, and I’m glad the design is working for you. Sorry you had to do a little math to make them work over there. Do tape measures and rulers over there have the imperial system on them like they have metric on them here? I think I only have one ruler that doesn’t have a parallel line of metric rule. Just curious.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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CharlieBhoy

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#12 posted 68 days ago

Sorry Cueball, just saw your post (as I was directing another Jock to your most excellent blog). (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/100693)

I think I might have confused the issue with my explanation. Yes, we have imperial. The point I was making was that the wine balancers are the only thing in my notebook that I have written down (and measure out) in imperial.

All our tape measures also have imperial but I think 28 millimetres is a lot easier to read and follow than something like 1inch 7/16ths.

-- Charlie

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