|Project by FloridaArt||posted 02-15-2016 09:59 PM||737 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
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