- Your choice of wood with 1 1/4” thickness, and over 16 3/4” in length
- Table saw (only necessary if the wood isn’t the correct width)
- Tape measure
- Drill press with a 1 1/2” Forstner bit
- Mitre saw
- Sandpaper (150 grit)
- Clean cloths
- Conditioning cream
- Mineral oil
Establish the desired width of the board. 5″-6″ would be an ideal width. You could use a table saw to cut to the desired width if necessary. Or you if you are using a piece of live edge then you can use whatever width you have to work with, preferably around 5″-6”. Look at the image below to get some ideas.
Set the mitre saw 15° degrees to the right and cut off the bottom of the board. From that cut angle measure 16 3/4”. Reverse the angle of the mitre saw to the left 15°, or flip the board over to use same right angle. Cut the top at that 16 3/4” measurement.
Due to the uneven nature of the sides of a live edge board you want to make sure that the edges don’t throw off the cut you are making at each end of the board with the mitre saw. The edges might not allow you to place the board flush against the fence of the mitre saw. You can use the square to make sure the cut is correct and parallel at both ends.
From the centre of the top, measure 2 3/4” down. (This is the centre of the hole.) The top of the hole should measure 2” from the top. Using the drill press carefully drill out the hole using the 1 1/2″ drill (Forstner) bit.
Using your 150 grit sandpaper, sand all sides and cut edges of the board to create smooth surfaces and eliminate any sharp edges, such as the top and bottom of the board. Don’t forget to sand the bark (live edges) of your board as well to get rid of any splinters or sharp edges.
Dust the board off, and make sure it is clear of any debris. Now you will want to use the mineral oil to finish the board. You can watch our video to see how it’s done. Pour a generous amount of mineral oil onto one side of the board and using your fingers, or a clean cloth, you want to spread the oil evenly across the surface of the board. You want to be generous with the mineral oil since it will be soaking in to the board for at least 10 hours, or overnight. Once you have let it soak in you can wipe off any excess and then repeat the process on the other side of the board. (Make sure you get the sides as well.)
Finally, using the conditioning cream and a clean cloth, rub a healthy amount onto one side of the board. Allow the conditioning cream to soak in for 15 then wipe off any excess. Flip board over and repeat the process including all edges. You can watch the instructional video here. Now your board is ready to use!
**Please note: the angle required on the bottom of the board will change depending on the height of the piece of wood, where the hole is placed, and the thickness of the wood.
For example, a piece that is 12” in height and 1 1/2” thick will change the angle to 28° degrees, with the hole being 2 3/4” from the top.
*This piece is designed for only a 750mL bottle.