|Project by rsain||posted 08-27-2011 10:34 PM||2144 views||12 times favorited||7 comments|
My elbows were sore from building Hickory cabinets for my wife. I’m getting close to finishing up but i’m worn out from sanding that awfully hard wood. So I decided to take a break today and surprise her with a little gift. My first wine bottle balancer. I did a pretty thorough search on LJs about angles and distances, etc.
The completed one is Bolivian Rosewood with NO finish. I sanded 80 – 320, then went to the Micromesh system and hand sanded through to 12000 (yes, that’s the correct number of 0s). Most of the pics are me trying to get a good shot of the reflection that shows up in person (wasn’t very successful). Not sure why I thought this would stop my elbows from hurting. :-)
- The stock is 10” long and 2 1/2” wide.
- I cut a 40deg bevel on the bottom
- The hole is 1 3/8” (didn’t have a 1 1/4 forstner in the shop) and is drilled 7” on center from the bottom – the hole size is a deviation from most plans but worked just fine.
- The holder works with full (Maryhill) and half full or empty (Bogle), typical and Syrah type bottles (all in the photos).
PROOF OF CONCEPT:
The last two photos are a proof of concept. I had a chunk of face frame left over that was 1 5/8 wide so I got to thinking about the engineering behind the holder. I realized that the back of the holder is in tension and the front is under compression. That means I could probably thin out the stock quite a bit on the front and get away with just a little bend so long as I’m using a fairly hard wood. Well, hickory is hard. So I went to the bandsaw and started cutting. What is left is what you see. Other than the width the dimensions are the same as above. At the narrowest point the wood is 1/8” wide. At the same point it is just under 1/4” thick. I left the back alone.
Aside from a little twisting when you put the bottle on this holder works just as good as the other and feels just as stable. I played around with some red dye for an effect that I’ll try later.
Now – time to do another one quick – got a wine party tonight. Will use some Redheart.