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Wine bottle balancers #1: How to bore the balancer hole for a level bottle

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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 11-16-2012 01:01 AM 3671 reads 20 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I modified my balancer drill fixture in many ways. It was originally built to bore a 1 5/16” hole at 45 degrees through the wine bottle balancer, but it had a few problems. first, the Forstner bit would twist and lock up before it got through the board. The bit got smoking hot and expanded in the hole and did not retract easily. And the bottle did not balance level!

First I milled out the bottom of the fixture 1” deep for a sacrificial piece of wood so the drill is always cutting on all sides until it is through the piece. It just happened that as we were visiting our plywood guy, they had some crates out in the free bin and we picked up one. I broke it up and cut the boards into my sacrificial blocks. That crate will make about 70 of them. They were just about the right thickness too!!

Thanks to my friend , Kent Ball , from Idaho I found that spraying the bit with silicone helps tremendously in reduction of heat from friction on a Forstner bit. I sprayed the bit in my scrap barrel so it did not get around in the shop. Silicone can play havoc with finishing material!!

Then I modified the angle on the fixture to drill at 35 degrees with two little feet mounted on the front. I made a new guild bock for the new angle , too.

After drilling, I just knock the little bock out and insert a new one and it is ready to go again

One after another, the bottles, empty or full , balance much closer to level



The hole location is 8” from the base and the base is cut at 50 degrees.

Some of these will have the wine bottle inlaid and some will be lasered in.

I’ll post all the balancers when I get the group finished.
.............Jim

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



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#1 posted 11-16-2012 01:53 AM

Jim,
You have been qutie busy lately. Thanks for the blog tutorial. I will have to give this a try sometime.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 02:59 AM

Nice blog Jim, thanks for sharing.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 11:10 AM

Great blog Jim,

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 02:51 PM

Thanks for the blog. I have two of these that will be going with a box and while I understand the concept, I have never made a bottle balancer. It’s nice to have your right up as a reference if I need it.

Thanks,
Joey

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#5 posted 11-17-2012 12:03 AM

Looks like a winner Jim

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#6 posted 01-19-2013 03:27 PM

Clever Jim!!
There is a reason all you make is so crisp!
Best thoughts from the owner of the coolest awl in Denmark,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 08:53 PM

Thanks, Mads. I’m glad you like the awl and hope you use it a lot!!
I have not posted much lately. We are building a wood shop here in the park and have been scrounging material and tools from every where. We now have a Craftsman table saw, Makita sliding miter saw.a Grizzly 14” band saw, a HF 4” belt sander, a HF 6” tool grinder, two Skill saws, 3 routers and a bunch of hand tools …......Jim

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

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 08:16 PM

Hmmmm sounds good!
Building here in the park? What does that mean?
best thoughts, Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 01-31-2013 02:54 AM

We stay in an RV park in our motor home in the winter. We now have an enclosed wood shop that we just bought the last door and locks for today. We looked a a drill press today but it was too much for it.
This shop is 19’X36’ and I’ll post some before and after pictures when we get it done. It is not real pretty but pretty functional!!..........Jim

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

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#10 posted 01-31-2013 12:48 PM

Look forward to see this.
Also a picture of the motor home pls.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 04:13 PM

Hi Mads. I sent you an E mail with pictures of the motor home and the original look of our new shop before we did the framing!.............Jim

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

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 10:24 PM

Got it!

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 05-09-2013 03:39 PM

Jim – nice work. Would you be willing to share a more detailed plan for the jig? Let m eknow as I really like this idea. Thanks.

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#14 posted 05-09-2013 08:39 PM

Hi BNE…........first of all WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!
Let me know what details you want in a p.m. and I’ll try to fill you in.
The object of the jig is to hold the balancer and the guide within the fixture so it stays centered. Then with you drilling down, all the force is down toward the corner so both pieces stay in place pretty good. I found that if you come through a piece with any drill, the drill wants to walk toward the side where there is no resistance, so I put a scrap block in the bottom so the drilling is always balanced all the way through the part

Jim

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

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