Introduction: Before and After Wine Bottle Holder

Here's an enjoyable Instructable taking ode skraggley branches and creating a wine bottle holder.

Step 1:

Step 2: Buy Some Wine

You know it's going to be a good Instructable when the first step is to buy some wine.

I recommend buying two. Maybe three.

Step 3: Tools and Supplies

Stuff you need:

  • Couple bottles of wine
  • Branches
  • Saw
  • Drill with Foster bits (more on those later)
  • 150, 220 Sandpaper
  • Polyurethane
  • Wood Glue
  • Couple more bottles of wine

Step 4: Architecture

The architecture of the final product is simple:

A trunk, a footer, and arms.

Oh, and a bottle of wine.

Step 5: Search for Branches

Go out and scrounge for some branches to be used for a trunk, arms, and footer.

Step 6: Harvest Your Branches

Gather your raw materials.

Step 7: Trim to Size

Cut down the pieces roughly to size. Accuracy isn't too critical here because no matter what you do the cuts will never come out straight.

And you'll be drinking wine anyway.

Step 8: Pick Bit Size for Arms and Footer

I used Foster bits because they come in a variety of sizes.

Bits come in metric sizes and non-metric sizes. But, unfortunately they still don't come in branch sizes. So you have to kind of get the rough size.

The more wine you drink, the better the match seems to be, though.

Step 9: Note About Foster Bits

These are special bits with a funny name because they can drill holes to hold Foster beer cans.

Step 10: Roughly Mark Footer Location

Mark the rough location for the hole for the footer in the trunk.

Here I just used a Sharpeeeee eeee marker to roughly outline the whole, er i Mean hole.

Step 11: Carefully Drill Hole for Footer

I recommend an A/C drill because it seems to have more oomph.

Here I'm using a Harbor Freight drill. These are great, but be sure to purchase the replacement warranty. heh heh; you'll eventually need it!


Yah, when drilling onto a conical surface, espeshully after having conshumed a few glasses of the winne, you'll have to be mindfull. hiC

Step 13: (Sigh) Trim Footer

As all wood workers know, wood has a quality whereby it does not fit the first time. (Thus the well-known phrase "measure once, cut thrice".) So just juse a jisel or Dermel roaRy trool to trim drown the footer branch so that it will fit into the flooter hoe.

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Step 14: Roughly Gauge Location for Arms

Shove the footer in and get a ruff lokation of were the arm branch should goooo.

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Step 15: Gauge Arms With Actual Bottle

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Step 16: Test Out Contents of Bottle

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Step 17: Carefully Drill Hole for Arms

dRill out hole for da arMs

Step 18: Dry Fit

Put togetHer so that yo0 can tell how much you have to re-saw, re-chisel, re-drink, etc.

Step 19: Dry Fit, Cont.

It's always good to make two of everything, so . . .

Step 20: Sand 150

SaNd everything doWn with 150 grit sand paypers

Step 21: Sand 220

Then follow up with 220 (paypers).

oops wAit Wah?

Step 22: (Sigh) Sand Some More

sTill More sanding, you'll note here we are usingk a sandink bocxks.

Step 23: Wipe Off Sand Dust

Drink suM moRe alCohol, then use denatured alcohol to wIype down the dust from the peeces.

gEsnORt! where's my DrinK?

Step 24: Preview of Project Without Stain

You can get a ruff idea of how the project will luk with just polyurethane (i.e. naked) as you wipe down the pieces with the alcohol. The more alcohol you consume, the better it will look.

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Step 25: Stain

Add suM stain.

Step 26: Wait for Stain to Dry

You have to waiATE several howerS so to let the stain dry.

Step 27: Poly

Add at leaSt twoo koates of Polyurethanine

polypopolane- sknxz tha's a funny WofrD!

Step 28: Wait for Poly to Dry

You gotta wait for poly to dry, toooo.


Step 29: Glue

Use sum glood wue to hold the plieces together.

Step 30: Tada

Yay, yeR dun! Go get some more wine and try it out!

Step 31: Bigger Version...

If you follow the Instructable using larger pieces . . .

Step 32: ... Guitar Stand ...

... you could make a guitar stand, . . .

Step 33: ... or Maybe a Yoga Mat Holder

Or a holder for a yoga mat, or skateboard, or a really really big bottle of wine

Step 34: Lots O' Possibilities

Here are a few links for more before-n-after 'ibles from tree branches:

What To Do With a Felled Tree

How to Make a Butt Table

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