Bottle Balancer - Wine Barrel Stave

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Project by winecountrywhimsy posted 05-12-2009 02:12 AM 8508 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My version of the popular bottle balancer. I made it with a 1 1/4 in. hole with a 1/4 in. roundover. I like the color of the stave with just a polyurethane finish. I think the use of the barrel stave has a great tie to the wine bottle. Barrel staves are a little difficult to work with because they are curved from end to end and side to side.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#1 posted 05-12-2009 02:14 AM

good bottle balancer

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#2 posted 05-12-2009 02:29 AM

looks great…what is the angle on the bottom of the stave???

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#3 posted 05-12-2009 02:35 AM

It is approximately 45 deg., but I forgot to measure when I was done. I started at 40 and kept tweeking the angle until I got it to stand. I might be between 40 and 45. I think every stave will be different because the amount of curve will change from barrel to barrel and where you cut the blank from the stave. The 1/4 roundover on both sides of the hole gives it some play. It will hold an empty bottle or a full bottle. I think it might even hold a magnum but I have not tested that yet.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#4 posted 05-12-2009 06:04 AM

red wine makes a good stain…great idea

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 02:56 PM

That’s very nice. I’d love to get my hands on some old wine barrels.

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