Magic Wine Bottle (Poor mans Inlay!)

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Just thought I would share an idea I had tonight.

I made these Magic Wine Bottle Holders as presents for a few friends. The only thing is is despite the cool gravity defying illusion they have. When it comes down to it, the gift itself is nothing but a piece of wood with a hole in it. I stained the Red Oak with a Mahogany stain to add a bit of colour and show off the grain of the wood. However, after doing that I still wasn’t happy with the look. In an inspirational beer induced moment I grabbed my hand plan and began to bevel the edges and in doing so revealed the underlying unstained oak, sort of a poor mans inlay effect.

Not too bad an effect for trying to dress up a piece of wood with a hole in it!!!

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#1 posted 03-06-2009 04:03 AM

Neat Idea!!

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#2 posted 03-06-2009 04:33 AM

Note to self: Drink more beer. :-) Nice trick.

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#3 posted 03-06-2009 04:44 AM

These things are great to make. I have made several and give as gifts at parties. Well done!

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 01:59 PM

What is the angle of the bottom cut? Very nice and looks like I need another beer.

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#5 posted 03-06-2009 08:15 PM

the angle is 40 degrees. The balancing act is a mathmatical formula, so the angle depends upon the length of the wood and location of the bottle in the hole.

Here is the website I got the measurements to make one


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#6 posted 05-23-2009 05:50 AM

i agree – cool idea with that bevel!

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 11:12 PM


I’ve always wanted to make a few of these but never have yet. Few questions first though.
1. Does the angle change according to the size of the bottle?
2. What if the bottles empty?
3. Most important of all, does it matter that I prefer Tequila instead of beer?


-- John

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#8 posted 07-30-2009 11:18 PM

Hey John,

To answer your questions:

1) yes it does, the angle i used and referenced in the link above works for the “standard” wine bottle, not all. Some odd shaped bottles don’t work on this.
2) I wondered the same thing, but surprisingly it doesn’t matter, I tried full, empty and half full. They all balance.
3) Of course not, but remember, the more tequila, the tougher it becomes to cut the angle!

Have fun and good luck

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#9 posted 07-31-2009 01:36 AM

Yeah, maybe you’re right about that. I like your idea with the Chamfer, I may have to try it on some teak I have. That’s for your replys


-- John

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