Assembling Fanciful Wine Holder with Simple Items

This balancing-act wine holder will amaze your friends, and will make a cool gift, especially when you pair it with a nice bottle of wine. It can be as rustic or sophisticated as you care to make it. The holder works because it uses the bottle’s weight to balance it.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Piece of wood at least 8 inches long, 4 inches wide, and an inch thick. Can be any type of wood, from a scrap of 2x4, old barn wood, a fence post, or carefully selected hardwood
  • Miter saw
  • Drill with 2 ¾ inch /3 inch hole cutting bit
  • Sandpaper and stain, if desired

Step 1 - Prepare the Wood

Cut the wood to the desired length, setting your miter or chop saw to a 45- to 50-degree angle. At least one end needs to be cut at this angle to form the end the holder sits on. If you’re using old barn wood, you will probably want the end that can be seen and the bottleneck cutout to look old and weathered, so either find a board with an end that has this appearance, or “instantly age” your wood with a treatment of water and baking soda either sprayed or painted onto the spots you’d like “aged”. Wait an hour for the desired effect and retreat if necessary.

Step 2 - Cut the Hole

The hole needs to accommodate the neck of a wine bottle without having to force it in, so it needs to be 2 ¾ inches in diameter. It can be cut either straight through the board or at the same angle as the end cut, if your skill level permits it. Be sure to clamp the board when making your hole cut. (Of course, if you are using old barn wood, you’ll have to age this cut out as you did the end of the board.)

Step 3 - Finishing

If you’re going for the rustic look, you’re pretty much done. You can sand and stain your masterpiece, or leave as is. Sand a little, or make it baby-bottom smooth. Use the stain of your choice or Danish oil, or just give it a coat of polyurethane.

Step 4 - Try the Bottle Holder Out

Hold the bottle of wine in one hand and the holder in the other, at 90-degree angles from each other. Have the holder on a flat surface and put the top of the wine bottle into the hole at the top of the holder. Release the wine bottle and see if you’ve placed it at its center of gravity. Push the bottle further into the hole if it’s not stable when you release it. Keep trying till the bottle and holder balance nicely.

Step 5 - Want Something Really Different? 

Try using a piece of log or an old fencepost to make your balancing bottle holder. When you work with wood, you won’t know what beauty is hidden below the surface till you begin.