Fish Eyes and Wine

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Project by FloridaArt posted 02-15-2016 09:59 PM 1106 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

January, 2016—Each wood fish has the fin cut in such a way as to allow a wine bottle (small or large) to balance in seemingly mid-air. The fish is about 12-inches long, between 3.5 and 4-inches wide, and about 1.5-inches thick. The fin is cut on a 45-degree angle, and the hole for the wine neck is 1-1/2 inches. The shape is cut on a band saw, with the edges rounded-over with a router.

The socket for the fish eyes is 1/2-inch. For most of the fish I simply drilled the eye socket with a Forstner bit, and painted the socket in a contrasting color. But for two of these I decided to try gluing in some wood beads (available at most craft stores). I first spray-painted the beads yellow, and then simply glued them into the eye sockets, being somewhat careful to line up the left and right “eyes” so it would look realistic. I may do more of these “bead eyes” since my wife likes them. :-)

Some of these fish are glue-ups of different woods, but most are one-piece poplar or ordinary pine (construction-grade lumber). The blue and black fish are stained with water-based dye. The wood-tone fish have an applied rub-on get stain. All are finished with multiple coats of poly. These are fun to make and any wine drinker will love having at least one!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 02-16-2016 02:32 AM

Great idea Art.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 02-16-2016 07:01 AM

Quite unique shape for wine bottles. Nicely done, lovely colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-16-2016 12:56 PM

I remember seeing that in one of the older wood magazines. I like your design and finished product much better. I should have gone with the eyes like you did. Much better than just carving simple eye slots.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#4 posted 02-17-2016 01:04 PM

Those are cool Art. Nothing better with seafood, than some veeno, and a veeno holder.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 02-17-2016 01:38 PM

Nice work Art.

Looks like magic!

-- -Matt

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#6 posted 02-20-2016 04:15 PM

Just beautiful!! I might have to start drinkin’ wine just so I can get me one of these fish, lol!!! ;)

-- The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph... and many a splinter in the hands! ;)

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