|Project by RDR||posted 12-17-2011 09:41 PM||1477 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
This is my first attempt at a wine bottle balancer. It is made of red oak with 1/2 inch purple heart inlay strips. It is finished with 4 (or 5?) coats of rattle can lacquer. I think it turned out pretty well, but when I make more I will definitely change a few things.
I first built a quick and dirty version out of aspen as a prototype to get things dialed in. I used a 45 degree angle and an 1 1/4 inch hole centered 7 inches up from the bottom edge, with an overall length of 9 1/2 inches. These seemed like pretty common dimensions that I had seen in several other postings. It worked great. Balance was strong and it didn’t feel tipsy at all. So, on to the real thing!
As it turns out, red oak and purple heart are a lot heavier than aspen. This threw the balance way out of whack. The wine bottle now had to be just barely in the hole, and it still didn’t feel very solid. Crap. So, I trimmed 1/2 to 3/4 inches off the top, which seems to help. The bottle still has to be pretty far out (see pic. 3), but it feels more solid.
I think my next batch will be cut at more like a 40 degree angle to keep the weight more over the balance point. Hopefully I’ll be able to put the neck of the bottle further in. We’ll see!
As always, comments are welcome and appreciated.
And, yes, that is Boone’s Farm… it’s for a gag gift, I promise :)
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