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A couple of the few designs I’ve recently finished for sale locally. They are either maple with walnut ‘dots’ or walnut with maple ‘dots’. Much easier to make more than one quickly.
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#1 posted 11-24-2011 12:41 AM
Nice job!It looks like a great Christmas gift! Any idea where I could get the plans/demensions for thosebottle holders? I’m turning wine bottle stoppers this year and those holders would be a nice addition.
Thanks for sharing!!
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#2 posted 11-24-2011 12:55 AM
Cool balancers. What angle did you use on the bottom and what size hole did you go with?Thanks, Jim
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#3 posted 11-24-2011 01:37 AM
very nice, I am in the middle of making a handful of these myself today!for mine I used a 45 degree angle on the bottom, and I am using an 1 3/8” paddle bit to drill the hole. Don’t know if that will work, but I am trying it with scrap first. I am stuck because my drill battery is dead, and my drill press is too short for the bit. great idea to add the dots to it for contrast!I am going to stain mine in various colors for some variety.thanks for sharing!
Edit: Drill battery is back, finished drilling the hole, and had to play with the angle a bit.looking at my mitre saw, it looks like ~20 degree angle worked on mine. 45 was way too steep.works great, will post some pics when it’s all done.looking at the photos above, it looks like jksmith69 used a steeper angle, but mine wouldn’t balance at that angle. might have something to do with board thickness and hole angle, but on mine 20 degrees works.also, on mine, I had to put the bottle neck nearly all the way through the hole for it to work. Perhaps I didn’t do it right, but it’s standing up right now, so I am not too far off :P
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#4 posted 11-24-2011 02:04 AM
Very stylish. The dots give it a special look. This a nice idea.
#5 posted 11-24-2011 03:12 AM
I use a 45 degree angle on the bottom and a 1 3/8 inch forstner bit for the hole because it cuts much cleaner. It’s about 9 inches tall or so.
#6 posted 11-24-2011 03:19 AM
did you drill the hole straight through, or at a 45 also?with mine cut @ 45 they wouldn’t stand. I drilled mine straight through, and they are able to stand at 30 degrees or less on the cutit’s working, but I don’t have nearly the angle you do on yours. Very nice work!
#7 posted 11-24-2011 03:24 AM
they go straight through, perpendicular to the wood.
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#8 posted 11-24-2011 03:31 AM
Go to my page and look at the jig that I made for making wine tilts. If you are trying to make a production run, then this will speed things up.
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#9 posted 11-24-2011 02:12 PM
Nice looking job. Might I suggest using a slightly larger bit for the bottle hole? The best angle for the bottle is about 5 to 10 degrees from horizontal. This keeps the cork wet while keeping sediment away from the top.
For those having trouble getting these to balance, the easiest way to get it right is to make a prototype that’s too long by a couple of inches, then trim a bit at a time off the base, testing with a bottle after each trimming. Keep trimming until you get it to balance satisfactorily. Then duplicate it on your production run.
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#10 posted 11-24-2011 07:41 PM
@Neight- These things vary so much. You can make them for all sorts of bottles, different shapes, and different angles. After doing so many bottle holders and making a video I have found out that you really have to test and play with it. Everything can be adjusted though. If it falls you can adjust it by pulling the bottle neck in and out of the hole. I make mine sit at 36° (or about there) and drill a straight hole. Check out the video and see if it helps any. Have fun playing and designing them.
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#11 posted 11-24-2011 08:02 PM
Thanks for the tip The Head Chuck, and great instructional video (I dig the donald duck t-shirt btw :P )I just posted two of the ones I made last night. looks like you and I used nearly the same technique, hole ~30 degrees and drilled straight through.
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