Whatnot Box, Wine Balancers, and Pens

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Project by OttoH posted 12-28-2010 12:57 AM 1704 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some of the things I made for Christmas this year.

The Whatnot box that I built for my wife. It’s made out of a board that was saved from a bonfire and I believe it is White Oak. The box is 8 ½ x 11 and 2 ½ inches deep. The top is made up of four pieces glued together, and the knob was turned from the same board, I don’t know what caused the stripe on the knob but it is a part of the wood. The bottom is 1/8 inch birch plywood and the accent piece on the bottom side of the lid is a piece of veneer I had on hand.

The wine balancers were made for my daughter’s father-in-law out of the same board as the whatnot box, they are ¾ of an inch thick, 2 ½ inches wide and 9 inches long. I used a chestnut stain on them to match their dining room set.

The pens are the third batch I have made, they are of varying scrap woods and were given to the family members and my daughter’s in-laws.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 03:49 AM

Very nice!! That oak looks like red oak to me!! How do yo get the bottle to stand on it’s own like that?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 12-28-2010 08:16 PM

Yeah, How do you get the bottle to stand on it’s own like that?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 02:14 AM

To make the bottle stand on its own you simply cut the bottom at an angle that will center the weight of the bottle over the bottom of the stand. Start with a 40 degree angle and then play with it until you get a stable stand. There are plans with exact measurements and angles, but you know me, I like to work without too many plans and just went at it. It is about a five minute project.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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