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These are some bottle balancers made from red oak.
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#1 posted 12-08-2009 11:05 AM
Neat balancers. But. I value my wine too much, I’d be afraid they would fall over and my wine would be gone…...............LOL
-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps
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#2 posted 12-08-2009 01:45 PM
Don’t worry, gravity won’t let you down… LOL
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com
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#3 posted 12-08-2009 04:08 PM
nice! i like the edge along the top, classy. could you post your dimensions? ie, how far up the hole is, diameter of hole, radius of roundover, and angle of the bevel? the hole looks much wider than the ones i made (which were 1 3/8” i think!).
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#4 posted 12-08-2009 05:20 PM
These things are so cool looking! I think I’m going to have to make a few of these. I like how you used the Blitzen bottle for the photo op.
#5 posted 12-08-2009 09:26 PM
Its hard to tell from the photos but one balance has a 45 degree chamfer, one has a 1/4” cove, and the other one that was shown unfinished I used a 1/4 “classic” bit. For the radius on top I used a 10lb. weight off of my weight bench centering the hole on the balance to the hole on the weight using a center line that I drew on the balance. I used a 1.5” frostmer drill bit to drill the hole at a 90 degree angle to the balance.The overall length is about 9 5/8”. Just make the balance long and cut the base at a 45 degree angle until it balances just right. The thickness of these are 3/4” and I would probably go with 1” thick next time.
#6 posted 12-08-2009 09:49 PM
cool, thanks for the info!
interesting approach you took to get them to balance – i modified the angle (trial and error of course) instead of the length. thickness of mine was about 7/8” – definitely the thicker the more stable they are.
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#7 posted 12-08-2009 10:23 PM
I am tempted to build something like this, but my cats getting on the counters when I am not home would make me scared to loose a few bottles. Great project.
#8 posted 12-08-2009 10:30 PM
my cat would LOVE it too, lol, that’s why they’re GIFTS!
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#9 posted 12-09-2009 02:57 PM
It’s all about the details…very nice job : )
-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!
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#10 posted 01-07-2010 03:04 PM
I have made some as well, use 3/4 and 4/4 stock. If the bottle is properly balanced, they are VERY stable.
The secret is in the bottle neck. You have a few inches of adjust-ability to get the center of gravity over the foot of the balancer. This allows for a wide variety of angles and hole positions. I made some cut at a 45 degree angle and found that the hole could be placed anywhere from about 5 1/4 to 7 1/2 inches (centered) from the bottom. Now that’s the kind of tolerance I can work with :).
I do really like the detail at the top of yours.
-- mhawkins2 - why does my wife keep parking her car in my shop :)?
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