Walnut&BoxElder Wine Bottle Balancer for the Scrappy Challenge

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-18-2011 12:35 AM 7556 views 18 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had these two pieces of scrap for some time now and have moved them from one place to another in the shop.I was going to throw them in the burn barrel on Saturday when I saw the challenge from Martin to make something that balances from scrap wood. That gave me an idea to make my second wine bottle balancer but these pieces were quite a bit shorter than the design from Larry DeGoose, so I modified it a bit. The pieces were less than 8” long to begin with. They were from the bracelet holder I made a while back and I hate to throw anything away that might be useful.
They are Walnut and Box Elder. The hole is 1 5/16” dia. at a 30 degree angle. The base angle started at 50 degrees but I had to cut it and then sand it to “tune” it to balance. The curves were laid out with Gigi and Fifi, my two French curves!! It is finished in Deft clear gloss lacquer.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 12:46 AM

Very nice. Great choice of materials. The close-to-the-table design is both unique and appealing.

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 02:25 AM

I also like the small, low profile balancer.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 02:30 AM

Nice job. A balancer with some style! And made in the USDA to boot ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 02:35 AM

nice!! Love the gentle curve

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 03:12 AM

Great Job, very stylish!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 03:24 AM

Very cool idea and design, cheers! Thanks for the post.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 10:41 AM

Hi Jim, that is just so cool. You are very creative, glad you didnt throw that into the burn barrel.

Thanks for sharing Jim

-- When you know better you do better.

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 11:03 AM

That’s really nice. Love the curves.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#9 posted 10-18-2011 11:19 AM

Nice looking balancer Jim, is that an Aussie wine with the kangaroo on the label?

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 10-18-2011 02:43 PM

very nifty. nice wood combo

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 10-18-2011 03:00 PM

Made In the USA! Is that socialist approved? I like the the shape very nice! blending of wood.

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#12 posted 10-18-2011 04:28 PM

That is sharp looking. Nice work.

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#13 posted 10-18-2011 05:37 PM

G’day, Bob, I used Yellow Tail in honor of my friends on the other side of the world!
We toasted you all in Australia with it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 10-18-2011 09:17 PM

nice work

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#15 posted 10-18-2011 09:57 PM

That’s quite classy. Nice job. The curves really make it stand out among wine balancers.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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