Sunday DIY: Wine to defy gravity

By Greig Morgan

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Greig Morgan's cool stand may have you thinking you've had one too many

Step 2. Photo / Michael Craig
Step 2. Photo / Michael Craig

Guests will find it hard to believe their eyes when they see a chilled bottle seeming to defy gravity, but it's not a trick. It's just a wine bottle holder that employs balance very cleverly.

Not only is it an elegant way to display a fine wine, it is also a great conversation starter. Everybody wants to know how this works. Better still, it's simple to make, so you could get cracking on your Christmas gift production line now.

Step 2. Photo / Michael Craig
Step 2. Photo / Michael Craig

Step 1 - Start by measuring and cutting your piece to size. Mine was cut 90mm wide by 270mm long but you can vary these by the size of your bottle.

Step 2 - Set your mitre saw to cut at a 45-degree angle and cut just the very bottom off, creating a mitred end.

Step 3 - Next, measure and mark a line about 50mm down from the top and using a square, mark across the line.

Measure the centre with the aid of a square - this is the point where the hole will start.

Step 4 - Cut a scrap piece of wood on a 45-degree angle and fix it to the piece as a support when drilling the angle of your hole using a 30-32mm drill bit. Take it slowly when drilling, and use a drill press if you have one.

Step 4. Photo / Michael Craig
Step 4. Photo / Michael Craig

Step 5 - With the hole drilled, sand both sides using 150grit sandpaper, round off all the sharp edges as well as sanding the hole and smoothing around it.

Step 6 - With the sanding finished, apply a couple of coats of oil, varnish or stain or whatever suits your requirements. Stand the piece on the 45-degree angle and fit the bottle carefully in the hole until you achieve the right balance and there you have it - steady as a rock until you drink it.

• Nice piece of timber about 20-30mm thick
• Linseed oil, varnish or stain
• Sanding block / finishing sander
• 150g sandpaper

• Mitre saw
• Drill
• 30-32mm drill bit
• Tape measure
• Pencil
• Square
• Paintbrush r cloth

- Herald on Sunday

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