Wine Companion




Good bottle of wine? Nice glasses? This is an easy way to display them together!

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Step 1: Grab Your Wood

You need at least a 1 x 3 x 12. You can select thinner stock but 3" wide and 12" long is a given. All further measurements are at the middle of the 3" which is acutally 1 1/4" to get the holes in the center.  Now is a good time to mark the center of each hole.  The bottle hole is in the middle of your piece of wood and the glass holes are 4" from the center mark to each side.  Using the center mark for the glass holes draw your radius for each end.

Step 2: Measure and Drill Holes

So from the center mark at 1/2 of 12" drill 1 1/4" hole saw for the neck of the wine bottle... With your glass holes already marked its time to drill.  Those holes are 1" . After you drill all 3 holes use a jigsaw with a scroll blade to cut the radius end off each end.

Step 3: Chamfer and Cut Glass Entry

Chamfering the holes is optional.  If you use thinner stock you could probably just sand the holes to round the edges.  At this point with the 1 x stock I use a router and chamfer each hole. The glass holes I chamfer the top and the bottle hole I chamfer the bottom. After you route the holes you can cut the slits for the glass stems. I start with the inside tangent to the 1" glass holes. Then space the next cut about 1/2" and cut straight into the 1" hole. Do this for each end but from opposite sides so everything is symmetrical.

Step 4: Finish

Now its time to sand.  I sand every surface faces, corners, holes (a Dremel with a sanding bit is helpful here).  Once every area is good to go I use Danish Oil to finish each piece. Danish oil is nice because it tints and seals at the same time.

I generally burn an initial into each piece. Wood burning will be the next instructable!!

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    5 years ago

    Great idea, I have just made one for a gift, very easy if you follow the very clear instructions. Well done.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Horseman, I use pine, red oak, and have done a few cedar. Since the cedar is kiln dried it has a bad tendency to break where the glass opening is... any solutions for that? Yeah I've been making these as gifts for the past 4 years and I ran out of folks to make em for so I figured I would pass it on for others. Also, what do you mean live edge? Do you cut your own stock on a bandsaw from scavenged wood?

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    5 years ago

    I make a bunch of these every year. I personally love the straight edge, classy design. however, the odd shaped and live edge ones sell better. i use poplar, red oak and cedar. kudos on beautiful work!