Introduction: How to Make a Floating Wine Bottle Holder

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Ever since I first saw one of these, I wanted one.  The principle of center of gravity is so excellently demonstrated by this set up, for it stays floating in the air, because the center of gravity of the entire system (board and full bottle) is directly over the slanted foot it rests upon.  I always thought it would really hard to figure out how to make one for my own.  It really wasn’t that hard.  You just have to be exacting in cutting the angle at the bottom and the location of the hole toward the top.  Here we go on how to make a Floating Wine Bottle Holder.

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15” x 3 1/8” x 3/4” hard wood board (I used oak, about $3.50/ft.)
Tape measure
Straight edge
Chop saw
1 ½” drill bit
Medium sandpaper
Fine sandpaper
Paint, or stain, or whatever you want to finish your wood.
Bottle of wine (I don’t drink alcohol, so I have a bottle of Martinelli’s)

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Take the tape measure and remembering the rule: measure twice, cut once, measure down 14 1/8 inches,

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then, use a straight edge to draw a line from one edge to another.

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Turn the board over and from the same edge as before, measure down 13 ¾”. 

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Again draw a straight line.

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Turn the wood on edge and draw a line connecting the line from the front to the back.  This will form a 27° angle. 

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When you cut this angle, on the chop saw, be as exact as possible.

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From the other end of the board measure a line 3 1/8 inches from the top.  Draw a line.  From one edge measure 1 5/8 inches.  Draw a cross line.  This will create an “X” that will be the middle of your 1 ½ inch circle. 

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Use the drill and 1 ½ inch drill bit to cut the hole.

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Use the medium grit sandpaper, and smooth out the center of the hole and all the surfaces of your board.

Sand the board again using the fine grit sandpaper.

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Now is the time to put a finish on your wood.  I like dark wood, so I used a walnut stain and finish.  Finish it the way you want.

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Now take your wine bottle and put the mouth of the bottle in through the hole,

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so that the slanted foot of the board is directly under the body of the bottle.  It will take a little bit to adjust the location of the neck and the bottle body to get it to balance.  Yet balance it will.  Hurray, it worked, (I was a little nervous there).  Enjoy!


alecrack (author)2017-06-25

Same here, since i saw one i wanted it, and thanks to you i will be able to do it by my slef, thanks a lot!

Please listen what Ron Swanson has to say..

gravity still applies (author)2017-02-20

What would this be in Cm?

Multiply all measurements by 2.54 as there are 2.54 cm to an inch.

jmzabu839 (author)2017-01-03


craftknowitall (author)jmzabu8392017-01-15

It is really simple physics. To have something balance, you need to have the center of gravity of the object directly over the foot the object is standing on. That is how you stand up right and that is how this works. Have a good day.

Ennis002 (author)2016-12-16

Hi and great project! Do you think this would work with a 15" x 4" x 3/4" board, or does it need to be 3 1/8 to work? Would you need to change the angle of the bottom cut?

craftknowitall (author)Ennis0022016-12-17

Hi! I really don't think the width of the board will make any difference. The angle on the bottom should be the same. The secret of making this work is making sure the center of gravity of the bottle is directly over the foot that touches the table. Thanks for asking.

Grunambulax made it! (author)2016-10-27

Oak, Tung Oil. Used a 45 degree angle on the bottom.

maria.distri (author)2016-06-15


Generic Eric (author)2015-07-24

Hardwood because it looks nice or is there some intrinsic value or requirement for a certain density? Also, what about when the bottle is 3/4 or 1/3 full?

nunopcardoso made it! (author)2015-05-11

Very nice project and instructable. Thank you ;)

kkumerow (author)2014-12-16

Great instructable!

I've made these using angles from 25 - 45 degrees with 1 1/4" hole drilled thru at 90 degrees,changing the height changes the angle ,also how far in you put the bottle will change it as well. Angles on these in the photos are about 35 Degrees with bottle almost fully inserted. I use a miter saw to cut the angle,start with the height I want + a little, make cut at 35 degrees , test it then depending on which way it wants to fall adjust the angle up or down.Hope this helps

micromall (author)2014-11-13

In this video:

the guy uses a 45° angle instead of the 27° angle. Will it work ?

steampunk68 (author)2014-09-08

Just made my first one but being a fool used only 1/2 inch timber still works but is a tad unsteady
must remember always follow the instructions lol
thanks for a great well written instructable

tinker234 (author)2012-04-11

amazing i wonder if i could make a clear one

craftknowitall (author)tinker2342012-04-13

Cutting a clear acrylic can be problematic. Why don't you try and let me know the results. Thanks for looking.

Andrew LB (author)craftknowitall2014-06-28

If you have a high quality, high tooth count (like 60+) saw blade on a powerful circular saw, you can cut both acrylic and Lexan quite easily up to an inch. I use an 80-tooth Freud Diablo thin-kerf blade on my Makita worm-drive magnesium saw and have cut 1" lexan with ease. if you sand fine enough and wipe the sanded edges with acetone, you can get them clear again.

aloseman (author)tinker2342013-01-02

I was wondering if you ever had the chance to try out your idea of making a clear one. Did you? I'd be really curious to see how it looked.

tinker234 (author)aloseman2013-01-30

sadly i couldn't when i wrote this comment i had the tool and then some one quote {bowered it} i need to stop leading out tools they seam to take them often

mking37 (author)2013-11-11

I'm confused with step 8: it looks like you measured 1 3/4 instead of what you said. Love the project, Matt.

Pfarmkid (author)2013-04-07

How did you come to the decision on 27 Degrees?

craftknowitall (author)Pfarmkid2013-04-07

I found an original written discription- no pictures- years ago. In it, it said to measure one side of the board so long and the other side shorter (steps 3v& 4) , then cut the angle formed between the two lines. Well that turned out to be 27 degrees. Much easier to remember and easy to do with the chop saw.

bertus52x11 (author)2012-09-14

Very nice! I'm going to try this.

zerioni (author)2012-05-14

Great little instructable! Easy and quick project, I just did a test one up with some scrap lumber (old slat from a futon actually). The angle it would seem does not have to be super perfect; I measured it up with my little plastic carpenter's square and set the angle as close to my mark as I could manage on my ryobi cordless circular saw, and it turned out very stable. I have hip bumped and banged and beaten on my table and apart from some slight rocking, it didn't appear to be in any danger. I sent some pictures out over text, and now everyone in my family wants one. Thanks for the neat-o post!

craftknowitall (author)zerioni2012-05-14

You are welcome. Thanks for commenting.

MetalManMustang (author)2012-04-24

Will it work to hold a 2 leter

I just tried a "pepsi" 2 liter and the neck wasn't long enough to go all the way through the hole. Need a long neck to get food grip and balance. Don't have a "coke" 2 liter so can't try it yet.  If I get a hold of one, I will let you know.  Thanks for looking. 

rschechter (author)2012-04-08

I tend to mass produce, even on craft projects. By setting your table saw blade or skill saw blade at 27 degrees and following a line, you could turn out dozens of these in the time it takes to measure 4 lines around a board and try to keep your saw in line on both sides of the boards for one wine holder.

Nice project idea. Thanks.

We have made 4 more and have several more in the plans. I to am a mass producer. Why do when you can do 12? We figured out the 27 degrees when we went to the chop saw to cut the line I drew. Since then we have used it and they have worked every time. Thanks for looking.

colt711 (author)craftknowitall2012-04-08

How can I buy one from you ?

craftknowitall (author)colt7112012-04-15

Here is a picture of the unfinished wood. Sorry I didn't rotate it. Let me know what you think.

Lthrboots (author)2012-04-08

Will it still work after some of the wine is gone from the bottle, or does it only work with full bottles?

craftknowitall (author)Lthrboots2012-04-08

I got out the board and put an empty bottle in it and it balanced. Still way cool.
Thanks for looking and commenting.

Lthrboots (author)craftknowitall2012-04-09

Thank you for the reply. I appreciate it. By the way, this is very cool and should be a fun and easy project to do. Thank you for posting it.

craftknowitall (author)Lthrboots2012-04-11

You are welcome.

lovethebackwoods (author)2012-04-09

Oh - my - goodness! There was no way I could wait! I definitely need a humidifier in my school lumber closet! I had one board left that was close in dimensions: 3 5/16" across and 3 4/16" across on the bottom of the curve; my lumber warps way too quickly unless I just make a couple trips a week to the lumber yard (which I actually love anyway). I measured it as directed and found that the brand new 1 1/2" drill bit that my husband graciously loaned me would not cut through due to the warping; it formed a vague circle on the top surface and I had to drill multiple holes, round them out with rasps, and hope for the best. The 27-degree angle for the bottom surface lined out perfectly, but not with my big table miter box. However, I found that I could shim the right-hand side with a thin wooden ruler and the saw line would come out perfect, so I sawed the board vertically and it seemed good. Lo and behold! It balances perfectly! I was way excited, summoning in the principal, admin ass't, PE teacher, and everyone else I could find! I was even sending pictures of it to my husband and one son. Keep the cool projects coming - I love learning!

That is so great. I was home a lone when I got our first one to balance, or I would have shown the world too. You have helped to make my day! Thanks for letting me know.

bking11 (author)2012-04-09

In terms of physics if the plank is thicker and thus the area it would stand on - bigger wouldn't it make it more stable? I am thinking of making one and just thinking here :) I just want to make it less prone to table bumps.

craftknowitall (author)bking112012-04-10

Yes, a thicker plank will be more stable. Thanks for asking.

LoganC (author)2012-04-08

Having the bottle rest in the hole like that seems like a lot of unneeded pressure on the neck from the edge of the hole. Perhaps you could drill the hole at the same angle, but inverse (-27 Degree) so that the hole through the board is parallel to the ground so it supports the bottle better. Just a thought. Great instructable though, have been wanting to make one of these for a while now!

LoganC (author)LoganC2012-04-08

Actually, that may not work as well. Could cause the bottle to tip downward a bit maybe.

craftknowitall (author)LoganC2012-04-08

I bought one of these before I made this one. It's height and width were about the same, but the hole was 1" wide at a -27 degree angle. I couldn't get the bottle mouth through the hole. It was totally disappointing. Of course I sent it back and then found written directions on how to make one. This one worked. Wonderful! Thanks for looking and commenting.

If you always used the same brand of wine for this, it might be possible to make a more tight-fitting angled hole, but there's not really any "standard" for wine bottles. The larger hole allows you to be able to use slightly different shaped bottles with the same stand.

smalcolm (author)2012-04-08

What make Makita drill is that? I like the way the drill bit fits in.

Ricardo Furioso (author)2012-04-08

Nice Makita.
I want one.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

Londonbrig0 (author)2012-04-08

I've always liked balancing wine bottle holders like these, but I wonder how stable they are, would bumping the table make it fall over?

I got out the board and a full bottle. Put them on the table balanced and then hit the table with my hip, it rocked back and forth and then re-established equilibrium, (it didn't fall over). A balanced empty bottle didn't fair so well. Thanks for looking and commenting.

mr.frob (author)2012-04-08

physics is so beautiful

craftknowitall (author)mr.frob2012-04-08

I agree! Taught physics on the High School level. Love it! Thanks for looking and commenting.

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