Santa Wine Balancer

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Project by rooster posted 12-09-2009 04:32 PM 3709 views 38 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think MsDebbieP posted the original snowman wine balancer. I built a few of those last year. This year I decided to modify the plans and try to make a Santa. I think the cut-outs looked great, but I probably ruined them with my terrible painting. Anyway, it’s an easy/fun project and works great as a gift for unexpected guests.

I think I’ll stick with the snowmen in the future. Easier to paint.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 04:45 PM

They look great. Merry Christmas.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 04:56 PM

Hey I think I need some of those for my Wine Butler. Very nice. I baffles me how they stand up with no back support! Paint job looks good from here! I do like the carrot nose in the snow men. Nice Job…

-- Mikee Likes It

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 05:16 PM


The original plan was from The Winfield Collection website. It was a free plan, but has since been taken down. I posted the plan in the pictures for this project, I hope they don’t mind.

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 05:38 PM

Very fun idea. I think your paint job looks awesome. Nice work.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#5 posted 12-09-2009 05:40 PM

Looks like they are in the holiday spirit. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 08:26 PM

They do look fun to make! What is the hole size for the bottle neck?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 10:24 PM

santa, santa, santa!!!

great adaption! They make great conversation pieces.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 11:25 PM

Very nice.

Thanks for posting the plans! After reading it, I might be able to salvage a few blanks I pitched by decreasing the bottom angle.

-- Making Wood Shorter, One board at a time

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#9 posted 12-10-2009 12:16 AM


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#10 posted 12-10-2009 07:18 AM


-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 12-10-2009 02:23 PM


I don’t think the hole size needs to be exact. When I printed out the plans, I just tried to match up a forstner bit with the approximate diameter. I think I used 1-1/4” bit. Maybe 1-1/8”. Again, it doesn’t need to be exact, just large enough to easily slide in the bottle neck. Gravity will hold it in place.

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#12 posted 12-10-2009 09:29 PM

my guess is that as the hole size changes then the bottom angle has to change to adjust for the slant of the bottle… so cut the hole and then start slicking off the bottom until it balanced…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 12-15-2010 08:17 AM

Thanks for the post, those are so great and was hoping to find the angle/dimensions without all the trial and error work, you solved that.. so thanks again. Great project

-- Jen loves wood!

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