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Steps // How to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder
1 ×

Measure the Top

 
Step One // How to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder

Measure the Top

Measure the Top to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder
Photo by Mark Lund

Position three glass bottles along the centerline of a 1x4 oak board. Adjust the bottles so that they're evenly spaced and there's an equal space on either side of the bottles at each end. Use a combination square to mark three evenly sized sections on the board. Mark an X in each section to find its center point. Cut the board to size.

 
2 ×

Make the Holes

 
Step Two // How to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder

Make the Holes

Make the Holes to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder
Photo by Mark Lund

Place the top on a piece of wood scrap, with the marked face of the board pointing up. Measure the diameter of each bottle mouth and select a hole saw of that size. Fit the hole saw into the drill/driver and bore a hole for each bottle at the marked center points on your board. Use a rasp and then a file to widen the holes on the underside of the board so that the bottles will slide easily into the holes.

 
3 ×

Cut the Sides

 
Step Three // How to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder

Cut the Sides

Cut the Sides to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder
Photo by Mark Lund

Trace the 1x4 on the base molding to mark the width of the sides. On a miter saw, cut the base molding or plinth blocks into two 3½-inch-wide pieces. If the cut molding is taller than your glass bottles, cut it down to the height of the bottles.

 
4 ×

Make the Base

 
Step Four // How to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder

Make the Base

Make the Base to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder
Photo by Mark Lund

Measure the length of the top piece. Add 1 ½ inches to that length and mark a cutline on a second piece of 1x4 oak. Cut the board down to form the base. Position the base on your worktable with one end hanging over the edge of the table. Run a bead of glue on the bottom edge of the cut base molding, and clamp it to the base, flush at the end. Using a drill/driver with a countersink bit, bore pilot holes through the base and into the molding, and fasten them with 1½-inch wood screws. Repeat on the opposite side.

 
5 ×

Apply the Molding

 
Step Five // How to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder

Apply the Molding

Apply the Molding to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder
Photo by Mark Lund

Mark and miter cut shoe molding to fit around the base. Apply alternating beads of wood glue and superglue to the back edge of the shoe molding, and glue it in place.

 
6 ×

Glue the Top

 
Step Six // How to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder

Glue the Top

Glue the Top to Build a Bottle-Vase Holder
Photo by Mark Lund

Run a bead of wood glue along the cut ends of the top. Fit the top between the base-molding sides, and clamp it in place until the glue sets. When the glue is dry, sand and stain the finished piece. Add the bottles.

 

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