Have you ever seen a floating bottle holder? Were you a part of the population that thought it was magic? Well, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, it is not. It is proper calculation, the laws of physics and woodwork. Yes carving, it is very far from magic. A surprising thing is that, It is actually one of the easiest woodwork projects to do. The floating wine bottle holder follows the principle of the center of gravity, amazing isn’t it? The bottle floats easily because the center of gravity rests upon the wood that the bottle rests on. Here, the center of gravity is the center of the mass, in other words where all the weight rests on. The center of gravity depends on the external field, it is based on the gravitational force on the body.
It looks difficult to make but it is actually quite easy. What really matters is that you get the center of gravity, quick and you are very precise in your cuttings and drillings. There is actually no harm done. So let’s go, check out the steps to make your own personal floating bottle holder. Note, it is simple woodwork carving and not magic or sorcery. So let’s go.
First, you would need;
● 15” x 3 1/8” x 3/4” hardwood board you could use oakwood.
Straight edge, ruler
Chop saw to cut the wood. An electric miter saw can work and you can also you a hand miter saw with a box or even a circular saw. Just make sure you can figure out angles and cut angles. A table saw would even work as long as you have some way of angling the blade, and you know your way around it.
1 ½” drill bit but, either a hole saw style or spade bit. An auger drill bit would be even better however they are quite expensive especially at this size of bit.
Paint, or stain, or whatever you want to finish your wood.
Bottle of wine to test your wine bottle holder when you are done
First, measure measure down 14 1/8 inches. Remember, measure twice to be sure. Using a straight ruler, join the edges. Turn over the board and from the edge you measured from, measure from top to bottom, 13 3/4 inches. Use a straight ruler to join the edges of the measurement. Turn the wood to the edge, and use the ruler to join the line in front and the line at the back together. This should give an angle between 25 degrees and 27 degrees. If you are using an electric miter, you can set the angle. You can mess around with it and set the angle at an angle of your choice. Do not forget to put on your safety glasses. You should do that before you even think of cutting, the best safety precaution is to actually be safe.
Cut The Angle
Cut the angle. Remember to be precise as possible when cutting and to cut once to avoid splinters. Ensure that you Cut slowly so as not to splinter the wood. Now you have succeeded in making the base of the bottle holder. The angle would allow the holder to rest well on a leveled surface.
Locate Your Radius
From the other Part of the wood, measure a line 3 1/8 inches from the top, Draw The line. From another edge, measure 1 5/8 inches and draw a cross line. This will should an “X” that will be the middle of your 1 ½ inch circle.
Make Your Hole
Using a drill, drill your 1 1/2 inch circle. You can also use a drill bit, either a hole saw style or spade bit. An auger drill bit would be even better however they are very expensive and we have an alternative
Drill the hole slowly, so you do not splinter any part of the edges. Once the hole is cut, you can then begin to sand.
To sand the center of the hole, use the medium grit sandpaper to smoothen it and the other parts of the body. It removes all the rough edges and finishes.
When you are done, and jt is smooth enough, use the fine grit sandpaper to finish smoothening the hole and the body again. The finer the sandpaper, the smoother it is so yes, again.
To finish, apply a stain of any color you want. We are sticking with a walnut stain and this is just to make the wood darker, because dark wood is way cooler. You can stick with a clear stain too.
To apply, use a folded piece of T-shirt with stain grain. Once the first coat is dry, then sand with fine grid paper to remove stains from the high level grid. It is also to make the color pop out well. After this, apply another coat to give it the desired color. This should also give it more depths in appearance.
Grab your wine bottle and put the mouth of the bottle into the slanted the hole in a way that the slanted part of the board is directly under the body of the bottle. Stand it on a leveled surface.
It might take a little bit of time to adjust t the location of the neck and the body of thebottle to get it to balance. Sometimes, depending on the accuracy of where the hole for the bottleneck was drilled you might have to pull the bottle out slightly so that the bottle hangs closer to the end of the bottle when balancing. Other times, you have to push the bottle in to the hilt of the neck before it balances. But, it would definitely balance. There, you have it, your floating wine bottle holder, definitely not magic just woodwork and science. I’m glad it worked.