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Aug 2nd – Wine Bottle holder – Dennis Hilditch

5 August, 2010

Denis’s segmented wine bottle holders had been admired in the member’s gallery earlier this year and tonight he described the painstaking process of making them. I’ll just give a flavour here but if anyone is interested, the presentation consists of 85 step by step pictures and I’m sure Denis won’t mind you having it. (Let me know and we’ll find a way of reducing the file size if there’s enough interest. – Ed)

The project started when Denis was looking for a way of using a large quantity of small bits of wood surplus from flooring. Denis cuts the pieces into strips and carefully cuts the ends at a precise angle on a bandsaw to fit together in “rings”. The outer ends are notched so that the assembled ring can be held together by a length of string tensioned with an elastic band. No gluing at this stage. Denis explained that this was to ensure the segments would fit without gaps when put together. Glue would fix the segments and prevent them from coming together more closely “like the mortar between bricks”.

The segments making up the ring all have one good side and the first ring is positioned and glued on a prepared sacrificial mdf disc with the good sides to the disc. The disc is held on the lathe and the outer side of the segments is turned flat. The next ring is then glued on rotated by half a segment. The process is repeated until all the required rings are attached to form a knobbly cylinder. At this stage a small drop of thin superglue is dropped on the inside of the cylinder at each segment butt joint and allowed to wick in.

The cylinder is then turned inside and out, sanded and sealed before parting off. The cylinder is then reversed and the previously attached edge sanded and sealed. Denis uses a buffing wheel to apply a finish after turning.

The cylinder is enough to make 2 bottle holders. (Alan Sturgess suggested the free end was redundant and you might get 3 bottle holders from the cylinder. He’s not in charge of the money for nothing!) Anyway, Denis first bores 2 holes at opposite sides for the bottle necks and then cuts the cylinder in half and finishing the exposed edges by hand.

Phew, after all that you will probably feel like a bottle of wine.


Written by Dave Gibbard

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