Wine Bottle Safe

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Introduction: Wine Bottle Safe

About: Innovative Projects, Diy's, Life Hacks

In this Instructable, I demonstrate a way to make a hiding place inside of a wine bottle.

The finished product will look like unopened wine bottle.

Supplies

What you'll need:

An empty Wine Bottle

3D Printed Cap/Lid - Downlaod STL attached

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40mm Diamond Hole Saw

Diamond Cutting wheel for sanding

Diamond File

PVC Heat shrink sleeve

Step 1: Get a Bottle With a "egg Cup Shaped" Bottom

Some wine bottles have a flat-ish bottom - don't use those.

You want a bottle with curved IN bottom or egg cup shaped.

Egg cup shaped - because it could hold and egg, like an egg cup.

Step 2: Cover the Labels or Remove

If you want to keep the labels, make sure to cover them, so they don't get wet.

I like to use cling-film (plastic wrap) and electrical tape.

Step 3: ​Drill a 40mm Hole

Pour some water into the "bottom cup" and slowly drill a hole.

Step 4: Sanding the Inner Bottom

I used a diamond disk to sand the inner bottom.

Apart from making it smooth, we're also doing it so the 3D printed cup would lock properly.

Don't go crazy with sanding until you try the 3D printed cap.

Here I am showing another bottle that's not covered with plastic, so it's easier to see.

Step 5: Sandind Slots for the Cap

We need to sand 2 parallel slots for the 3D printed cap.

You can flip the cap around to mark the sanding points or do it by eye.

On most of bottles you can see the line from the mould. It can be used as a guide. Unfortunately it's not always visible, especially when the bottle is dirty from sanding.

Step 6: Wash the Bottle and Clean With Alcohol

Wash the bottle and clean it with alcohol to remove all the grease

Step 7: Spray Painting With Matte Black Paint

There are many ways you can paint the bottle.

I personally prefer to spray paint. I find it easier to use a nozzle from a compressed air can. It does not "mist" the paint as good as original nozzle, but I can access hard to reach spots.

I finished painting with the original nozzle.

Go slow and paint in steps.

I usually paint the bottle in 3 - 4 steps letting letting the paint "look" dry before painting again.

Step 8: PVC Heat Shrink Sleeve

If you want, you can use the bottle as a "vase safe" or alternatively, put on a heat shrink sleeve and use a hair dryer to shrink it.

If you want you can put in a cork before heat-shrinking the neck.

Step 9: Hide Stuff Inside of a Wine Bottle

If you need to hide sweets from your partner (not because you're greedy, because you care about his/hers health).........and it happens that they don't drink wine, this is a perfect hiding spot.


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    24 Comments

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    MarkF255
    MarkF255

    6 days ago

    Great project. However, not everyone has or can afford a 3-D printer to make the stopper. Are there companies that make a compatible product?

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    cwtstraydog
    cwtstraydog

    Reply 6 days ago

    If you are serious about this project I will print you a couple. Maybe we can start a trend in this community, for those do not have a 3d printer

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    dedetizadoraonline
    dedetizadoraonline

    9 days ago

    I had never thought about it!
    it's a great safe!

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    trog0
    trog0

    11 days ago

    I love this idea. I know it's a waste of wine but, have you tried drilling a full bottle so the original cork and sleeve are in place?

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    spacefishunleashed
    spacefishunleashed

    Reply 10 days ago

    My first thought is the potential for ground up glass to be introduced into the wine, hence ruining it that way as well.

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    harryH83
    harryH83

    Reply 11 days ago

    you can re-cork a bottle, if you don't have the equipment on hand maybe ask a someone who does or even a local vineyard. although, since it will not be holding wine you don't need to make it air/wine tight and could push in smaller cork

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    ShakeTheFuture
    ShakeTheFuture

    Reply 10 days ago

    The cork can be pushed IN without any equipment, but it's much easier if it has been used. I usually push down the bottle against the table until the cork is in.
    I stopped corking the bottles, because if somebody will pick up the bottle, they will most likely notice the bottom cork/lid or that the weight of the bottle is off.
    I guess corking the bottle can be beneficial for added strengths...makinf the sleeve punchture resistant.

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    ShakeTheFuture
    ShakeTheFuture

    Reply 10 days ago

    It did cross my mind, but I never tried it.
    It's definitely an option.

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    aaronbelle86
    aaronbelle86

    Reply 11 days ago

    Just buy the cheapest wine you can find....

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    ewillyp
    ewillyp

    11 days ago

    great project, my only problem is that what i experience d when our home was burglarized, was that they stole wine. It’s not of value, but thieves are opportunists & a lot of time addicts, so this is a cool project, but maybe a covert bottle of balsamic vinegar is what I’d consider?
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    ShakeTheFuture
    ShakeTheFuture

    Reply 10 days ago

    Yes, it's not great for those situations. I think it's more useful to hide stuff from family members...in a good way. If your partner eats all the chocolate as soon as you get it, this might be a good hiding place asuming they don't drink wine.

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    gen81465
    gen81465

    Reply 10 days ago

    Sadly, the world we live in today has gone absolutely crazy. I have even heard of cases where homes were vandalized and nothing was actually stolen, however stuff was smashed and destroyed simply because the criminal believes that if he/she cannot afford to have it, no one else should be allowed to have it.

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    CleverKimberly
    CleverKimberly

    Reply 11 days ago

    Yep. It's not going to be effective when an alcoholic breaks into your house. That's the first thing they'll take! Hide valuables in a secret compartment that's in your cat litter box. Nobody wants to dig around in there.

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    ewillyp
    ewillyp

    Reply 11 days ago

    oh damn, if you or anyone haven’t posted that instructable yet?! Get! ON IT!
    Am allergic to cats, so, it ain’t me…

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    sweet strawberry
    sweet strawberry

    12 days ago

    Ooh this is so cool! I like the idea :)

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    Robin-
    Robin-

    11 days ago

    I have a couple of suggestions:


    Find a cheap red wine that “no one” would want to steal or
    open


    Leave the cork intact along with the top seal


    Drill your hole and let the wine drain out


    Put in liquid black paint and coat all surfaces, drain the
    excess


    For those who don’t have access to a 3D printer there are
    plastic “bung” type stoppers


    This one has a
    39.5 mm hole diameter with a 46 mm flange top which could be trimmed with a knife


    https://www.vital-parts.co.uk/barrel-plugs---bap082-2307-p.asp costs £ .57 (English website)


    they have other stoppers too, and one slightly larger than 40
    mm

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    ShakeTheFuture
    ShakeTheFuture

    Reply 10 days ago

    Those plugs could work. I was thinking about alternative for those who can't get a 3d printed lid/cork....great suggestion.

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    seamster
    seamster

    16 days ago

    This is great, I love it! : )