|Project by scottb||posted 01-12-2009 03:33 AM||2127 views||7 times favorited||4 comments|
I’ve made a couple of these before out of oak, right off the firewood pile no less. This one was modeled after the one I kept, rather than go and search for the (missing) plans from Wood magazine.
What should have been a nice easy project, ended up being quite an exercise in patience and determination.
Despite having a model to work from I had a heck of a time getting this one cut and drilled at the proper angle. The block of maple I used was a hair shorter than the plans would have called for, and getting the angle on my (nearly dead) drill press was, well not fun.
At least the height changes didn’t effect the geometry that keeps this balancer upright (and very sturdy) with a full (or empty) bottle of any size.
Here it is, with lots of thanks to the shopsmith in disk sander mode. The faces cleaned up beautifully, and the edges are nice and crisp. Unlike the plans straight lines, I put a rounded profile on the “downward” side for interest. An intentional design element, or the result of my bandsaw that hasn’t been playing nice (when it chooses to play at all)?
Hard maple, sanded smooth, oiled and waxed.