Balancing Mouse - First Project

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OK, it isn’t exactly my first project, but it is the first project I have posted here. I made a snowman balancing wine bottle holder last year for my sister, but that was just painted.

So, this is a birthday present for my mom. She collects mouse figurines and things so I thought a mouse shaped wine bottle holder would be cool. It took a little work to figure out what angle to use at the bottom and what dimensions to use because the mouse has those big ears above the hole that affect the balance of the thing. I have limited tools, so I stuck with BORG red oak finished with Minwax English Chestnut stain and Bullseye Amber Shellac.

-- Brian in Leesburg, GA

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 12:21 AM

Now that balancer is cute! Wonderful idea!

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

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 02:32 AM

I agree…it is cute.

-- -"Trying is the first step towards failure!"

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 03:03 AM

I have made a few of these, but they were only straight lines. I really like the balancers that are more. Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJ.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 08:33 AM


Different from what I have seen before.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 12:06 PM

cutest mouse EVER!!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 01:53 PM

Nice alternative.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 05:03 PM

———I also have made several for christmas. I like the design idea

-- donnie, oakwood

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#8 posted 01-25-2011 03:38 AM

Thanks for the compliments! I was a little nervous about posting it because of all of the amazing projects I see posted here.

-- Brian in Leesburg, GA

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#9 posted 01-25-2011 04:03 AM

Not to worry Brian. That is a good variation on a familiar theme. Looks like that mouse is ready to chug it down! Very cute.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 01-25-2011 05:02 AM

There was a request on the forum that I give some more details on the project. The wood is red oak, two pieces of 1×6 edge glued together. I tried my best to center the mouse on the joint because I didn’t have a way to joint them (maybe I should invest in at least a hand planer) and thought it would look better if the joint was centered if it was visible. The shape was from a line art file that I found on the internet that I resized to fit the dimensions that I figured from checking out other balancing wine bottle holders on the internet would work best for the mouse. I then cut the shape out with my jigsaw and touched up the shape with a variety of sanding devices. After applying the stain I started to get concerned because it looked kind of dull and lifeless, but the shellac took care of that (next time I will test out my finish on a scrap so I don’t have to go through that stress). I ended up with three thin coats of the amber shellac before I was satisfied with the way it looked and felt.

-- Brian in Leesburg, GA

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