Champagne / Wine balancers

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Project by Colin posted 06-15-2008 11:52 AM 2391 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Following the post for RAH’s Wine Balancers project and the advice from coloradoclimber I tried out the given sizes, I then added my usual modification of chip carving names to this. My wife informs me that the wine balancers are great presents to give as small gifts. She then asked if I could make a version that would hold a champagne bottle for ‘special’ gifts, so here it goes.

Coloradoclimber gave his sizes as 9 3/4 inches longest end to end. The hole is 1 1/4 inch rounded over with a 1/4 router bit. The hole is 7 1/8 inch up from the longest side of the bottom bevel. The bottom bevel angle is 36 degrees.

Interestingly, despite trying out many variations in heights and angles the dimensions coloradoclimber used work exactly the same for a champagne bottle, the only difference being the hole needs to be 1 3/4” diameter. The width at the base is 4” with a thickness of 3/4” throughout

The wood is Lime, the designs are chip carved followed by gel stain and a spray urethane finish.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 06-15-2008 01:18 PM

These look real great Colin. And I agree would make a good gift. Nice carving of the names. Bob C.

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

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#2 posted 06-15-2008 01:44 PM

Fun projects. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 06-15-2008 03:18 PM

These are nice, I like the carvings and personalization of the balancer. Next time I make some of these I will have to try the 36 degree at the bottom and see the difference in the balancing.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#4 posted 06-15-2008 03:42 PM

You see a lot of those, you just don’t see them all carved up nice like that. Nice work. mike

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#5 posted 06-15-2008 07:18 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 06-15-2008 08:19 PM

very nice designs and the carvings are excellent as well

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#7 posted 06-16-2008 04:02 AM

those look like cool projects. thanks for the post!

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#8 posted 06-16-2008 02:38 PM

Very cool. They look great!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#9 posted 06-16-2008 11:02 PM

Colin, those are really nice. The carving makes a huge difference. They go from being an interesting trinket to a personal gift. I’m not a carver but seeing yours makes me think it would be nice to be able to do a little.

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#10 posted 07-30-2008 10:08 PM

Fun projects.Great work!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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