Wine tasting, hors d'oeuvre tray

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Project by RAH posted 12-01-2008 04:56 AM 7053 views 45 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are also Christmas presents i have made this year for friends and family. Have you ever been at a tasting and glass in one hand and tray of goodies in the other and no place to put either down to enjoy one or the other. Saw some of these made of plastic and stole the idea. Woods are cherry, coca-bola, maple, walnut and hickory.

I live near the home town of Gallo winery and my son works at one of the wineries.

Thanks Ron

-- Ron Central, CA

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#1 posted 12-01-2008 05:02 AM

That’s a pretty neat idea. Great gifts and craftsmanship.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 12-01-2008 05:03 AM

Thats great. Nice job and great steal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-01-2008 05:07 AM

Humm….May I steal your stolen idea? :-) Great job.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#4 posted 12-01-2008 05:34 AM

Very nice

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 12-01-2008 05:39 AM

these are awesome…PERFECT FOR NAPA!! This one is going in the favorites…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 12-01-2008 08:45 AM

Now there’s something new for a change …awesome job on these holders…kinda makes me wish that I drank !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 12-01-2008 03:02 PM

Those look great Ron. I agree that those should be stolen by fellow LJs. Looks like a Sketch-up morning!

-- jstegall

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#8 posted 12-01-2008 03:10 PM

These are fantastic! My in-laws wine lovers and these “wood” make a great gift. Would you be willing to share any time-saving tips?

-- Mark - "Wood - it's my schtik."

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#9 posted 12-01-2008 03:26 PM

Wonderful idea. These would make good gifts to people who entertain a lot.

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#10 posted 12-01-2008 03:37 PM

Time saving tips, measure correctly. The ones with hickory through the walnut where the result of miss measure, I had to make them larger. Make a few at a time to save set up time. I used small files for the groove for the glass on the first few the found I had grinding stone for my drill to speed up that process.

Thanks for the comments Ron.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#11 posted 12-01-2008 04:33 PM


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 12-01-2008 06:59 PM

These look great! Could you give the approximate dimensions? As it is now Dec. 1, I’m running out of time for Christmas gifts and I promised myself I would never step foot in a Mall in December again. So I intend to humbly re-steel your great idea and give them to my sister… Any dimension, tips, tricks would be appreciated…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#13 posted 12-01-2008 08:40 PM

Ron, another question: did you use off the shelf trim or make your own? I really like the look of the trim you used and think it could be shopmade with my supply of router bits, but time is getting short. My SIL makes wine in Europe and sells it here so these would make great gifts for he and my daughter.

Thanks again for this most timely post.

-- jstegall

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#14 posted 12-01-2008 08:40 PM

Nicely done! I saw a rustic version of this (essentially a rough plank with the grove) at a wine festival last year. I really like your “refined” version…I think a few of these and a nice bottle will make a great gift for a few people this year.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#15 posted 12-02-2008 05:01 AM

The dimensions are 6 1/2” x 6 1/2”.
I made the trim with a round over bit, cove bit and 1/4 straight bit. It did get tricky on the last round over, I had to make a jig to hold it and run past the router. I designed a trim that would be comfortable to hold. I finished them with butcher block oil.

Thanks for all the comments I had this project in my head for a long time and finally put them together.

-- Ron Central, CA

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