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Bottle Balancers

by lazyfiremaninTN
posted 12-18-2008 05:08 AM


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Rustic

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#1 posted 12-18-2008 05:19 AM

I make mine at 45 degrees

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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DonFaulk0517

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#2 posted 12-20-2008 03:33 AM

I also make mine at 45 degrees. On my site I show an example of a set I made a while back. I made about a dozen a couple years ago for presents.

-- DonFaulk0517@gmail.com

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TimberMan

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#3 posted 12-20-2008 04:02 AM

I guess the hole is at a 45 as well. I don’t drink wine but think they would make a great gift. What size is the hole? It’s cheaper to ask then to go buy a bottle of wine!

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RAH

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#4 posted 12-20-2008 05:41 AM

I made a few of these, the hole is 1 1/4” about 7” from the bottom, I used a 45 degree cut at the bottom, another jock experimented and felt 36 degree worked well for his, the board is about 10 1/2” long and 3 1/2” wide. A lot of the balance is based on placement of the neck of the bottle.

-- Ron Central, CA

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Stan

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#5 posted 12-20-2008 04:33 PM

I just made a bunch with a 40 degree angle 9” long with the hole @ 6 1/2” from the bottom. The width didnt seem to matter. I made a couple out of plywood first to get the balance right. The hole doesn’t have to be on an angle. It was tough not to just drink the wine instead but I finished the holders first.

-- Thank God for Charlie Mopp's !!!!

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Kindlingmaker

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#6 posted 12-21-2008 06:44 PM

After reading the above comments, the wife said that it would be 15 minutes before supper was ready so out to the shop and back in 15 minutes with my first bottle balancer made from 3/4” falloff pine with a straight 1 1/4 hole and 40 degree miter. After the meal I went back out and made another one out of 1 1/2” salvaged redwood and this time made the 1 1/4” hole at a 30 degree angle and the miter was again 40 degrees. The bottle sets very horizontal and is much more solid on the redwood one. The later did take almost 30 minutes to make though, including the first coat of varathane. I love this site!

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

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#7 posted 12-22-2008 04:27 PM

Yes, and the wife is pleased with the redwood one.

-- -Willing to try

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Kindlingmaker

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#8 posted 12-23-2008 05:30 AM

Sweety, do you know where the pine one is?

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

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#9 posted 12-23-2008 05:02 PM

Mine were made at 31.5 degrees Don’t ask me why other than that my miter saw has a preset at that angle I think that the distance from the hole to the bottom is one of the keys. 1&1/4 hole straight thru. and be careful about the amount of weight above the hole or it won’t balance.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#10 posted 01-07-2009 06:29 PM

Actually the hole is a straight 90 degree hole, the only miter is at the base

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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PGreene

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#11 posted 01-07-2009 07:45 PM

Question: When you guys say that the hole is 7” from the bottom, does that mean the hole at center? I started to make some and realized this would matter!

-- Patrick

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Broda

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#12 posted 01-08-2009 02:46 AM

i have made a snowman version of the bottle balancers and i know its a bit late now but i just cut a 45 and got luck the first time. didn’t need to ajust at all.
my hole is 100mm from the bottom 35mm wide and 12mm from the top
made from 22mm thick pine

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#13 posted 01-08-2009 05:25 AM

Send me your email address and I will send you plans for one. Last time I sent it out it bounced back as a bad email address.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#14 posted 01-08-2009 06:05 AM

The holes in mine are 7” from the bottom to the center of the hole.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#15 posted 01-08-2009 05:00 PM

Went online and there are as many different designs and measurements as there are woodworkers for these niffy boards. I cut my hole at1 1/4” at 30 degrees 7 ” from the bottom and the bottom is cut at 40 degrees. I think the size hole is dependent of the bottle and how you want the cant of the bottle to rest, Mine are even with the table it sits on for 750 ml bottles, (a fifth). Later this year I will experiment with some other designs and see if I can come up with a different style than I have seen so far. ...its time to work the wood.

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

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Vince

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#16 posted 01-12-2009 12:22 AM

Does anyone have any pictures of these bottle balancers?

Vince

-- Vince

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Rustic

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#17 posted 01-12-2009 03:38 AM

Look in my projects section I have a pic posted

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#18 posted 01-12-2009 04:41 AM

Vince, I have a few posted in my projects also.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#19 posted 01-12-2009 05:05 AM

I made a dozen for Christmas gifts. I used guidance from this site: 4×10. 1 1/4 hole 7 inches from bottom. Bevel was 40 degrees, hole at 90 degrees to plane of wood. They all worked well and everyone loved them. I left them unwrapped and let recipients choose the wood species that best fit their homes.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#20 posted 01-13-2009 09:42 PM

I made several as gifts this year. I made them all 45 degrees but i did adjust the placement of the hole. I found the lower the hole the further the bottle can be placed through it. Likewise, at 8.5-9 inches the bottle was barely located in the hole. In all cases the balancers worked.

In the future I plan to use 8” lengths with the hole no more than 6.5” from the base.

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