Wine Nook/Wet Bar #1: Getting Around to Old Ideas

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Blog entry by Chris posted 05-11-2012 05:34 PM 2887 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Several years ago I went through the fun fun process of finishing the basement in my house. In deciding where to put walls/run wires/move things I had a vision of a wet bar that would double as a wine rack/humidor. I notched out a specific section that was just the right dimensions to put in such a set-up. Then life, as it often does, decided that I didn’t actually want free time so the project got put on hold.

Here we are years later and the blank space down in the man cave… which is currently storage for boxes of junk we don’t need and haven’t opened in years but for some reason the wife demands we keep… is starting to yell louder and louder that it needs to be replaced by something more exciting.

In order to quiet the voices in my head I fired up SketchUp and went to work designing the future wine nook/wet bar. I wanted something that would look classy and be able to hold red wine, a wine fridge for white wine, a kegerator for my home brew, and space the assorted bar junk that I’ve collected over the years. That in mind I got to work and came up with this:

What I have so far is a 96” bar that should (in theory) end up with the following specs:
63 bottles of red wine (or liquor)
48 bottles of white wine in a under the counter wine cooler
2 six barrel or home brew kegs in a modified chest freezer (also under the counter)
2 taps for the kegged beer – I’m also planning on doing custom wood tap handles, but that’ll be another project
1 mini fridge to hold assorted mixers/juices (also under the counter)
15” bar sink with hot and cold water
30 wine glasses in the center wine rack
Plenty of mugs, pint glasses, accessories, etc in the wall cabinets

To be honest this will be the biggest and most extensive woodworking project I’ve ever taken on. I’ve used all of the techniques that are required in other projects but never at the same time or on this scale. Especially since this one joins cabinetry/woodworking with electric and plumbing.

While I’m at it I wanted to mention a great resource for getting components for a project like this. If you’re in the Baltimore area, check out Southern Sales Services ( They do auctions every five weeks with everything from cabinets to appliances to raw materials. I picked up both the chest freezer and the wine cooler from the auction a few weeks ago – both for pennies on the dollar. I’m sure there are similar places wherever you are so I’d encourage everyone to ask around check out what’s available. It certainly helps with the budget for this project since now I can spend more on the wood, hardware, and of course the massive amount of wine to fill this thing up :)

I’ll be sure to post updates along the way with this project and I’m sure I’ll reach out to the community with questions on things I’m a bit light on (like cabinetry).

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