Wine Rack Expedition #5: Glass racks

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Blog entry by Demowen posted 03-31-2009 06:03 AM 2904 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well folks, I think it was another productive day in the shop.

The objective today was to get all of the parts created, but not necesarrily 100% ready for glue up or finish sanding. Misson accomplished- sort of.

The first obstacle was to figure out how I wanted to join the wine glass holder rails. They are positioned horizontally (like a shelf) where all the rest of the rails to this point have been vertical (like a skirt table). I’ve been using a self-centering doweling jig for my joints but all the other joints connected at two points on the middle vertical line of the legs. I could still use the doweling jig normally but I could only use one dowel, and I didn’t want to do that since there is the potential for the rack to slip around.
I thought about doing a shallow dado cut to receive the wine glass rail with a dowel reinforcement but I can’t do that if I want all the rails to be the same width.
I decided to go ahead with the doweling jig, using a shim to offset the holes, that way I can use two smaller dowels.

The shim on the left…
Dowel shim
and then moved to the opposite side…
dowel shim right
to result in…

Now, if the jig was able to open wider I would have made the holes further apart, but it didn’t so this will have to do. These two will at least keep the rail from rocking like it could with just one dowel.

Now to the wine glass rails…
My sketch up drawing had rails with a flat face, but I thought it would add an element of depth to carry the ark theme over to the rails. So I cut the front ark and placed the holes to receive the wine glasses accordingly. This was actually rather challenging since I had no idea what size wine glasses might be put on this rack. I tried to do some reconnaissance work but didn’t find out much. I figure that if the base of the wine glass is any bigger than 3.5-4” in diameter then it won’t deserve to be put on the rack (perhaps this will also be a limit to the volume of what he can drink too ;) ).

wine glass holes
After the math was figured out the best I could, I drilled the holes at 1”diameter. The slot to the hole was then cut to a little under 3/4”
slots cut
Note that I chose to load the glasses in from the front. I thought the back loading was a neat idea but I didn’t like the fact that it could possibly be hard to access them since the rack will probably be pushed up against a wall.

Here’s a shot of checking the dowel joints…
joint test
I really like the look the curve will give this…

So I guess i have a question to whoever might be reading this.
What do you think about chamfering the legs? Round over? or just beak the edge with some sandpaper?

Upcoming… lots of sanding, a couple glue ups, working on the table top inlay and fitting. Thanks folks!

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#1 posted 03-31-2009 07:21 AM

I say 1/8” roundover or break edges. Just wait to do some of it till you can see where the shelves touch. I have gotten carried away with edge treatments and then find that they are at a joint intersect where it should have been clean straight lines.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 03-31-2009 03:04 PM

yes, I have considered that all of the top shelves touch. I couldn’t figure out how to route the corners without much time consuming setup. I think I will go ahead and do some glue ups and just break the corners later. Thanks for the reassurance!

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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