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.