Wine balancers

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Project by Elizabeth posted 1344 days ago 2303 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw these balancers in someone else’s project list here and just had to make some. They’re fun and there’s a faint sense of disbelief when they work for the first time!

Next time I may make them a bit shorter as I have to have the bottle quite far out to get it balanced and it didn’t work on a bottle with a shorter neck.

I think these are made of red oak; the wood was from my “unidentified” pile.

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#1 posted 1344 days ago

Very nice what were the angles cut at??


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#2 posted 1344 days ago

45 degrees – the first time I’d ever cut that large of an angle on my TS so I was a bit apprehensive!

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#3 posted 1344 days ago

Very nice.

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#4 posted 1344 days ago

Those are awesome, and the finish is really nice!
thanks for showing them,

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#5 posted 1344 days ago

I like them. Are the wholes drilled on an angle?

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#6 posted 1343 days ago

Nope, the holes are straight through. The finish is a walnut oil and wax mix since I already had it on the cloth from finishing off a bowl I had turned.

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#7 posted 1343 days ago

Elizabeth, can you share the math? Did you just work holes in through trial and error or did you have a plan? I’d love to make one for my dad, he taught me woodworking and though I am a novice still, I think he’d love one, and I might carve or woodburn some decoration as well. They do look like magic!

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#8 posted 1343 days ago

Elizabeth, these should be well-received.

peanutga11ery1, I just made a handful of these in more or less the same fashion, only I used a 40-degree angle on the ends instead of 45-degrees. I think you’ll want a little shorter piece if you’re using a 45-degree angle?

I drilled the center of the holes 6-5/8” up from the front edge/longer edge. I drilled a 1-3/16” hole. The boards start out at 8-1/4” long. I prefer to make them at least 3”-wide, as to my eye, they look a little awkward if they’re narrower than the bottle they’re holding-up. Besides, with a bit wider base, you’ve got more surface area to balance the bottle on.

There are all sorts of minor variations on these. Here are just a few that have measurements listed within the post: (I followed this one the closest, but as you can see, my measurements are a little different, and they still work fine.)

I’ll get mine posted once they’re completely finished.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 1343 days ago

Wow!!! That sort of looks like it defies the law of gravity. May I ask what kind of glue that you used to glue that to the table top? :) The only problem with that balancer is that every time I looked at it I might have to have a little more wine. ;-) You did a good job on it and not only is it a great conversation piece it makes a wonderful gift.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 1343 days ago

Thanks Jonathan! I’m going to check them all out. :-D

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#11 posted 1343 days ago

peanutga11ery1, you can also find a drawing at Eagle Lake Woodworking, John Nixon is a member here and has some really nice work over at his site. Definetly worth the time to take a look at his gallery of Fine Woodworking and project videos.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 1342 days ago

very nice! I too have been at that moment of disbelief when first trying out the first ones I made lol and they make great gifts!

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#13 posted 1267 days ago

I do like the looks. Good house warming or Christmas gifts.

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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#14 posted 1263 days ago

Clever thing

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#15 posted 1244 days ago

Hello Elizabeth

A beautiful Job

I like this incredible fight with the gravity law

Nicely done

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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