|Project by coloradoclimber||posted 12-23-2007 07:44 PM||8916 views||94 times favorited||15 comments|
I made these after seeing RAH's Wine Balancers project. I had to make mine with slightly different dimensions to get them to stand. Once I found the size and angle that worked for me they are pretty stable. You can bump a table reasonably hard and they wont fall over. On a counter they stand there all day.
Mine ended up 9 3/4 inches longest end to end. The hole is 1 1/4 inch rounded over with a 1/4 router bit. The hole is 7 1/8 inch up from the longest side of the bottom bevel. The bottom bevel angle is 36 degrees.
The angle is different that what RAH posted. I couldn’t get a nice stable feel at 45 degrees. I ended up using 36 degrees after experimenting a bit. They stand a bit more vertical but seem more stable. It seems the angle is actually pretty forgiving because you can slide the bottle up and down the neck to get the center of mass where you need it to stand. I just had better luck at 36 degrees, at least with the wine bottles I had.
They work with full or empty bottles, or anything in between.
The woods are ambrosial maple and cherry, tung oil finish.