Wine Bottle Balancer

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Project by craven posted 08-21-2008 03:27 AM 5374 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend mentioned that a friend of hers had a wooden wine bottle holder that resembled a surf board. I was curious, so I started playing around with some exotic hardwoods and different sizes – here’s the outcome. The single picture is made from bocote, the 2nd pic shows walnut and rosewood as well.

-- let the chips fly!

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#1 posted 08-21-2008 03:32 AM

Very nice. Are they cut into that shape, or did you steam and bend them? I see my sister in-laws Christmas or birthday gift.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 08-21-2008 03:52 AM

Thanks! They are cut into the shape (you just need to keep the base contact directly under center of bottle). Made from 8/4 stock to allow for wider foot. Yeah, I’m thinking I’ll be making a few presents too!

-- let the chips fly!

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#3 posted 08-21-2008 04:03 AM

These look great!!!

what happens if you drink from the bottle (not a good thing with good wine—-YOU SHOULD DRINK IT ALL)...but if you did drink half—-would the balance be off???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 08-21-2008 04:17 AM

What is the angle of the bend??

-- Soli Deo Gloria

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#5 posted 08-21-2008 04:26 AM

Nice project. Thanks for sharing.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 08-21-2008 01:00 PM

Very nice!

What do you do with the cut offs?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 08-21-2008 02:00 PM

beautiful lines displayed through this design.
Very nice.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Callum Kendall

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#8 posted 08-21-2008 02:11 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#9 posted 08-21-2008 04:20 PM

Very cool designs, I haven’t seen ones like these before – love that Bocote!

I just made one out of Maple and was going to post a pic but some friends thought it was neat so I gave it away! I have some nice Brazilian Cherry that I’m going to make one out of soon… maybe I can even get that one posted.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#10 posted 08-21-2008 06:07 PM

Wow! Thanks for all the compliments and interest in the wine bottle balancers. First, you can store a partial bottle if you bore the hole for the neck of the bottle so the bottle rests parallel to the table it sits on (my bottle always end up empty) unlike the ones I pictured that are angled for a greater effect. Second, these are cut at a 52 degree angle, although differrent bottles may require adjustment. As to cut offs, I have found if you begin with 8/4 stock you can bandsaw two opposing blanks out of one piece, minimizing waste.
I have another interesting shaped holder (very thin) if you want to see it, just email me and I’ll send it to you.

-- let the chips fly!

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#11 posted 08-21-2008 06:56 PM

Very cool designs, I have never seen those before, I especially like the fact that you can get two out of the same blank.

(If you look on my profile you will find other versions of wine holders in my projects, also coloradoclimber has wine balancers too.)

Please post your other shaped holder, I would be initerested to see what you are talking about.


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

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#12 posted 08-23-2008 04:42 AM

a bunch of us have posted our wine balancers, but this is the first time I’ve seen any with this shape. These are really cool. The larger foot doesn’t ruin the illusion of a precariously balanced bottle at all.
Post the super thin one!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 08-23-2008 01:44 PM

Nice work. I made one (from plain old 3/4” oak) with a 40 degree angle. Works fine with a full bottle, but not a partial.

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#14 posted 03-05-2009 08:39 PM

Very nice designs! Great work!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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