Black Walnut Wine Rack

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Project by dat posted 05-18-2014 03:42 PM 4242 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother wanted me to help him build a wine rack so he could learn some woodworking skills (he had never built anything before). I wanted to improve upon the design I used last time to build mine, so I replaced the screws with walnut dowels which I bought online from Rockler. Definitely a learning curve with those as I kept splitting the boards while pounding the dowels and slats into place.

The frame is still joined with Kreg screws, and this one is a little sturdier since the 1.75” thick wood allowed for two screws to be used on the joints. The screw holes are filled with plugs everywhere except the bottom (you can actually unscrew the bottom and take out all of the middle rows if anything needed to be repaired). The middle rows are floating on dowels—these are not quite as tight as I would like but everything didn’t come out quite as square as I would have liked.

Finished with just natural Danish Oil.

Overall this took about 3 weekends of work, which I of course severely underestimated before hand… ;)

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#1 posted 05-18-2014 06:12 PM

Looks great!

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#2 posted 05-18-2014 07:13 PM

That is a good looking piece. Great job.

-- Daniel S

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#3 posted 05-20-2014 12:17 AM

Projects always have a way of taking twice as long as we think they will….....!

Great job on this one!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 05-20-2014 12:54 AM

Round wood tenon connection?Not strong enough

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#5 posted 05-20-2014 03:09 AM

The round dowel/tenons are just holding the slats on (and they are glued) so I am sure they will be plenty strong to hold wine bottles. The outer-frame is screwed together with kreg screws. It is very sturdy.

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