Bottle Filling Station

Take your bottling process to the next level

Mount the 5 in. X 7 in. (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm) piece of sheet metal to the blocks on the sliding rail. Then drill mounting holes 1⁄4 in. (6.4 mm) from each edge. Use the screws to mount the plate to the blocks on the rail system. This is the part that will later hold the bottle filler. Take your time to make sure everything is square and evenly spaced so the rails are perfectly parallel. Pre-drill your holes in the center of the plate for the spring loaded broom grips that will hold the bottle filler. Mount them after the framework is built.

Weld the upright C bars 6 in. (15.2 cm) back from the front to fit the base plate. You will want to make a perfect 90 degree angle. We used 90 degree magnet holders to assist. The vertical bars measure 25 in. (62.5 cm). The base bars measure 11 in. (279 cm). The base will be a 6 in. X 7 in. (15.2 cm X 17.8 cm) piece of sheet metal. Moving forward, we will refer to this as the framework.

To attach the rail system to the framework, mark and drill the two holes on the top and bottom of each rail. We made this attachment with 8 nuts and bolts. As you are lining up the rail system for mounting the middle of the filler plate will need to travel lower than the height of a 16-oz. (9 in./23 cm) bottle and the top will need to be high enough for a 22-oz. (11 in./28 cm) bottle to fit under the bottom of the filler tube. The rail travels 500 mm or 19.5 in. in total giving you plenty of movement for all sorts of bottles to fit.

Now that the width has been set, measure and cut a piece of the 1-in. (25.4-mm) wide C bar to connect the two upright frame pieces. The gap should be around 7 in. (17.8 cm) apart from the outer edges. Weld the underside edges together. Do the same for the sheet metal that will become the base plate. This will be where your bottle sits. As you are joining the two sides make sure you are sliding the filler plate up and down looking for any tight spots. Using clamps to hold everything in place before welding is a must.

Take the 1⁄8-in. (3.2-mm) round stock and cut two sections to span the distance between the framework for your pulley to mount. This should be around 4 in. (10.2 cm) long. Make sure you slide the pulley on before welding in place. Mount them 1–1.5 in. (25.4–38.1 cm) from the top and bottom of vertical bars. Take another section of round stock and bend it into an L shape with a cross member to support the cable attachment. Weld this to the back of the filler plate. This will also serve as the top point of attachment for the spring. Finally, weld the rope loop onto the base between the upright bars. The cable will anchor at the L bracket, travel to the top pulley, down to the bottom pulley, and terminate on the bottom of the hand lever. The rope loop will be mounted in between the vertical bars on the base plate and will be the bottom point of attachment for the spring.

Cut a piece of 3⁄8-in. (9.5-mm) round stock 36 in. (91.4 cm) long. Bend into L shape. The bottom of the L should be 6 in. (15.2 cm) long before it travels up to the handle. Cut a separate piece of round stock that is 4 in. (10.2 cm) long and weld this on 8.5 in. (21.6 cm) from the bend in the lever. This will be the pivot point for the lever. Weld a sleeve for the bushing halfway up the right-hand side on the back of the frame. If you are left handed do this on the opposite side. Drill a 1⁄16-in. (1.6-mm) hole for the steel cable to tie off to in the middle of the frame. Attach the handle of your choice to the top of the bar. Depending on your choice adjust the overall height. We used an automotive stick shift handle. Mount the broom holders to the filler plate, making sure the filler tube stops 1-2 in. (25.4-50.8 mm) above the base plate. Let’s start bottling.