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I really liked Barb's wine glass shaped bottle holders and decided to make some myself. (If you're going to steal ideas, always steal the best.)

I thought I might make more than one so that means it was time to make a pattern that could be used over and over. I started by drawing the glass shape on the computer and then printing it out on legal size paper. The finished holder is 12" tall by 4" wide.

I drew a center line on a piece of 1/2" mdf and traced around the pattern, flipped it and drew the second side. That way I knew I was at least starting with a design that was symmetrical.

I cutout the template on the bandsaw and then sanded to the line. I drilled a 1/8" hole at the center point for the wine bottle hole so I could use an awl to mark the center on the wood blank.

I traced around the template on a piece of 3/4" stock and marked the hole center with an awl. Then it was off the bandsaw to cut out the blank leaving about an 1/8" outside the line.

Next I attached the template to the blank with double-sided tape and trimmed the blank to final size with a pattern bit on the router table. After removing the template I used a 3/16" round-over bit to ease the edges. A forstner bit was used to drill the hole for the bottle.

I used a cutoff from making the template to make a simple sled to hold the finished blank so the bottom angle could be trimmed on the mitersaw. A lot of trial and error determined that the proper angle was 39º. (That's why the prototype in the photo is bit shorter than the template. )

I know some folks rely on only the bottom angle to balance the bottle but I found that the balance with the 3/4" stock was a bit tenuous so I added a small foot to the back to give a bigger footprint for solid balance.

Now that I have a successful prototype, it's time to make a few out of better wood. I have attached the pattern as a pdf if you'd like to try your hand at making one. If you make one, remember to thank Barb for a great idea.
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thanks Oliver...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Another great work from Oliver.

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A shot of the jigs for drilling and cutting out the bottles. Barb improved the design for the next batch.
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Nice work to both of you.

I learned early on to ALWAYS make a pattern or jig because you never end up making just one. My better half has lots of friends !!
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Wow, Oliver, Thanks... you flatter me. I'm truly flattered. I can't take complete credit, though. I found a picture of one on line that I wasn't very impressed with, and thought "I can improve that..." and thus my first balancer was born. Then, as I posted, my friend saw the prototype, and these two were the 2nd generation.

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Thanks Oliver! Very nice. One more item on my to-do list :-)
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Hey Oliver I just dl your pattern. (First chance I've had, and forgot. Showing Ken your newest post I had to show him this one, jolting my memory.) IMHO your angle at the bottom is your problem for balancing. It should be 42. Using this degree, I have no problem with the balancing. Using an extra piece on the back (imo) defeats the single piece of wood balancing. Takes away from the "magic" per - say.

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It seems like both hole placement and foot angle will affect the balance when supporting a bottle, as would bottle size and shape. Before I start making more firewood, do you have any tips on determining the hole location?
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Nice improvement Oliver. Thanks for the pdf pattern, that was generous of you.
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