How to Make a Floating Wine Bottle Holder




About: In a valiant attempt to keep myself from dying of boredom, I create.
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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Step 1:

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)

Step 2:

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

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

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

Step 5:

Again draw a straight line.

Step 6:

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

Step 7:

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

Step 8:

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. 

Step 9:

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

Step 10:

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.

Step 11:

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.

Step 12:

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

Step 13:

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!
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61 Discussions

Generic Eric

4 years ago on Introduction

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?

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craftknowitallGeneric Eric

Reply 1 year ago

From experience, an empty bottle will flaot too, to any amount in the bottle should work fine.


1 year ago

This is awesome! I'm planning on making one and I'd like to shape it instead of keeping it as a rectangle. Is that ok or does it throw off the weights?

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Reply 1 year ago

If the center of gravity of the whole system (bottle and board) are still over the slanted foot then it should work. Sounds like an experiment to me. If it works out, make an instructable of it and tag mine to yours as the original. Good luck.


1 year ago

I've made a bunch of these. best thing about physics is that you can ballpark the measurements. I just cut 45 degree of both ends and a hole in the middle/slightly towards the top. Works everytime.


2 years ago

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..


Reply 2 years ago

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.


2 years ago

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?

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Reply 2 years ago

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.


4 years ago on Introduction

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

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5 years ago on Introduction

In this video:

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


5 years ago

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

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

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.


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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.