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Project by kiefer posted 09-08-2011 03:58 AM 5080 views 35 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my half dovetail box put to good use .
I have been watching all the bottle balancers here on LJ’s and had this idea to go one step further and came up with this gift box/balancer design which I think is quite innovative .
The box can be used as a nice gift for someone special and is not limited to wine .
The operation is quite simple .
Open the box and as the lid is lifted the lid presses on the bottle neck lifting the bottom of the bottle making it easy to remove from the box and then opening the lid further the bottle can be placed upright, then the bottle can also be placed into the grip hole and displayed in a balanced position .
Let me know what you think of the pic’s and flowers which are my wife’s idea and the box also which is my idea.

Thanks Kiefer
PS I hope I make the club

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 09-08-2011 04:07 AM

You’ve not only joined the club, you’ve raised the entrance requirements…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 04:36 AM


-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 05:20 AM

That’s a new one. Bet it will be copied several times. Nice work

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 05:32 AM

My brother is a chef. He always says that presentation is everything. Your wife has upped your project. Nice work to both of you…......

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 06:32 AM

wow I see my christmas gifts in your pictures thanks for posting

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 08:27 AM

Hello Kiefer

A nicely job and a very good idea that will inspire a lot of guys . I go to my shop immediately

Thanks for sharing

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

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#7 posted 09-08-2011 11:05 AM

Lovely co-operative presentation.

Its nice to see a balanced view regarding alcohol!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#8 posted 09-08-2011 11:29 AM

Love the idea and execution, this is something that I will have to have a go at.

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#9 posted 09-08-2011 01:25 PM

Great idea! I’ve been thinking about building a balancer for some time, but now I may actually do it. Thanks for the post.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 09-08-2011 03:35 PM

Beautiful work my friend.
Your design gives new life to this concept.
And your display, including the wonderful flower arraignment is splendid.
Nice job !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#11 posted 09-08-2011 04:01 PM

Great job! Your project reminds me that Pine can make a be pretty finished result. We have so much of it down here I take it for granted. Half blind dove tails are something I need to master. Did you cut them by hand or use a jig? That is a very nice box and a new twist on an old idea.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 09-08-2011 05:04 PM

Cool, this may actually force me to join the club. I assume the hinge point is the hardest part to get right
OKAY, after looking a little closer at the last photo, I see the stop block. The genious just keeps being discovered in this project.
Great work, thanks for the idea.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 09-08-2011 08:43 PM

Hy Kiefer, I join the club too! :)
A simple but ingenious idea! And a very nice presentation!
... and that’s all I had to say. Now I’m going to my shop, to do one for me! :))

-- Silviu, Romania,

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#14 posted 09-09-2011 12:35 AM

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#15 posted 09-09-2011 05:23 PM

Very cool idea. This one going in the favs.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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