Craftsman/Greene&Greene/Scott/Troy Wine Bar

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 12-14-2014 02:01 PM 3634 views 36 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year and half ago, my neighbor and friend wandered into the garage/shop to see what I was doing that day. During the conversation the neighbor, we’ll call him Troy (because that’s his name) asked if I would consider making a bar for the small sun room off his kitchen. Always up for a challenge, I started asking questions about what size and what he envisioned. I moved over to the imaginarium (2.5×2.5 shower whiteboard hanging off the steps railing going into my house), and I started to draw out ideas.

Now Troy is not considered the most handy of guys in the neighborhood by many (myself not included), but you could see his excitement build as the drawings started taking shape, so I suggested I’d do it for him, but he had to help. So what you see here is a little over a years’ worth of shape changing, building, crafting, and garage education, designed by me, and a 60/40 collaboration on the build. Troy mixed his own finish and applied it in the end. He’d never done anything close to what we accomplished here. And truthfully, neither had I.

This bar is 6’ wide, 18” deep, and about 42” tall. Solid Cherry, with Peruvian walnut accents and tray rails. Complete Mortise and Tenon joinery for the bases, that were also pinned. The top is a solid cherry live edge slab that appears to float over the bases, but on one of the pictures you can see how I accomplished that. There are 12 trays holding 36 bottles of wine. Each tray is made up of 19 separate pieces, using the Peruvian Walnut as the carrier and rails, with cherry inserts holding the bottles from slipping through the cracks. Troy did all the glue ups on these trays and final sanding. They slide like buttah. There’s also a cherry hatch type shelf encased in more Peruvian walnut.

For the bases, although it was Mortise and Tenoned, we built this about the same time I was building the Greene and Greene hall table, so the 92 square plugs were also included. Troy did all this work by using a mortise chisel, a 1/4 hand chisel and an Incra rule. I cut all the plugs and glued them in.

To me, one of the coolest things about this is the glass top, which we left as close to original as possible, but where the glass company was able to match exactly the imperfections and inconsistent lines of the live edge.

All in all, this is one of my most favorite projects ever, and I’m still in awe that what started on a drawing board in the shop, turned into such a beautiful piece. During the course of this build, oddly Troy’s garage started filling up with things like work benches, a few planes (used to flatten the live edge top), and a lot of other items people who aren’t capable, just wouldn’t have.

Once we put the bar in place, it was just natural to continue the theme with another long cherry slab cut into two shelves and placed above.

Troy was a woodworker just waiting for the right neighbor to move in. We spend a lot of time in my garage now (you can eat off his garage floor) making whatever comes to mind. A friendship based on sawdust.

Hope you like it.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 02:09 PM

Brilliant project Scott. Besides the general look of it I also like the sliding racks and the way they were formed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 02:36 PM


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#3 posted 12-14-2014 07:02 PM

I like the idea of being able to pull out a shelf with the bottles on them. Nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 07:24 PM

very nice job and interesting story on neighborly male bonding.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 09:05 PM

Mike – Thanks for the comments. The rails seemed important to me since I hate bending down :)
Steve – I early on, thought about placing a pin either on the tray it’self or the rails, to prevent pulling them out too far, but now that they’re done, the bottles create enough weight, and the walnut slides provide just the right point between slippery and sticky, that there was no need after all.
Jim – Troy is the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back and take you to the store to buy you 2 more, so its a joy to share what little I know about woodworking with him. His. wife along with most others on our street was a recipient of one of my cutting boards.

I think the most enjoyable thing about woodworking is sharing it with others, either in a forum such as Lumberjocks, or physically giving the results to others. I often hear “You ought to do this for a living”, but as many of us hobby guys know, as soon as you put a price on it, it becomes a job. Already have one of those.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 12-15-2014 02:29 AM

Beautiful bar. Nice work.

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#7 posted 12-15-2014 02:38 AM

Outstanding and very original while using G&G details. Your choice of contrasting woods was just right.

-- --Dale Page

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#8 posted 12-15-2014 04:39 AM

Awesome design & execution! This is an beautiful looking bar. Great story also.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 12-15-2014 05:31 AM

The best wine bar, recently.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-15-2014 09:51 AM

You have a flair for design – such a simple yet can’t take your eyes off it combination of woods and shapes. I can tell from your description that you are over the moon with this, and you should be.

-- Forest Grump

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#12 posted 12-16-2014 01:22 AM

Man that’s the best looking wine bar I’ve seen! I love the pullout trays!

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

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#13 posted 12-17-2014 12:15 AM

Lovely work mate and a great storey. It’s a very cool thing to have good neighbours to share things with, have a great Christmas.

Cheers Dave from Sydney Australia.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#14 posted 12-18-2014 03:47 PM

Just wow! – a work of art and a great story – nice build!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#15 posted 01-14-2015 04:37 AM

wow, what a beaut! great work!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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