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Inlaid Cherry Wine Bottle Balancer

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Project by Jonathan posted 1000 days ago 1785 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going back through my pictures and realized I hadn’t posted this wine bottle balancer that I made to give to my grandfather for his 80th birthday.

The main piece is of cherry, with maple and walnut pocket hole plugs inlaid into the front of the bottle balancer. I also burned the message onto the back.

There are 8-inlays to signify the 80-years of life. A pretty straightforward project, with a little bit of a twist. I hadn’t seen any inlay on a balancer at the time I made this, so I thought I’d do something a little different.

As you can see from the picture, I glued the plugs in, then used a flush trim saw to cut them down, then sanded it completely flat. All edges were rounded over with hand sanding. I used Deft rattle can lacquer for the finish.

I thought I had a couple of pictures of my grandfather and I together when I gave this to him, so when I find them, I’ll upload one of them as well. That picture was also taken at a better angle to show the bottle balancing.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."





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jockmike2

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#1 posted 1000 days ago

great looking present for Grandpa. Nice inlay too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 999 days ago

Cool. Nice job!!

I like your branding iron, too…........Jim

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

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Jonathan

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#3 posted 999 days ago

Jim and Mike, thanks!

I got the branding iron on-sale from Rockler. It is not perfectly level though, so I have to slightly rock it back and forth to get a relatively even brand. Kind of annoying, but I deal with it. I may eventually get a different branding iron, and when I do, it’ll be from somebody else.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Pete Jansen

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#4 posted 999 days ago

Very cool, I have yet to try one of those. I just hope mine balances like it’s supposed to. =) Nice job.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 999 days ago

I have several more of these that aren’t quite done. Just trying to figure out what finishing touches to put on them. I will likely make a jig and that’ll allow me to make them much faster. I also still need to add a table and fence to my drill press as I am currently lining everything up by eyeballing it. If I remember correctly, I used a 40-degree angle on the bottom of this one.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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CalgaryGeoff

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#6 posted 999 days ago

Very cool project. I’m building Xmas tree holders and going to put plugs in them to represent lights. Nice to see how they will look. Thanks

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Diggerjacks

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#7 posted 998 days ago

Hello Jonathan

A “beautiful final touch ” with the inlay

Thanks for sharing

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

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Jonathan

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#8 posted 997 days ago

CalgaryGeoff and Diggerjacks, thank you. Geoff, I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas tree holders and how they turn out.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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