Christmas Wine tray

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 01-02-2009 10:32 PM 2214 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wine tray is made out of bloodwood and finished in several coats briwax. I didn’t do the drinking, instead I opted to search ebay for tons of wine corks. The glass is 1/4” safety glass, so you can drop a bottle on it and not worry about it.

The squares you see on the last picture are actually some last second gift card holders I made on Christmas Eve morning out of cocobolo and paduk each with canary wood center. I made a third out of lacewood with a canary center, but my wife absconded with it immediately. With the 1/8” center, she’s been able to stuff 4 of her Christmas gift cards in it. She loves the texture of the lacewood.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 01-02-2009 10:46 PM

Now you tell me that there are corks available for this type of project!!- I could have saved a bundle on wine :^)

Neat idea with the glass cover. How heavy is the overall tray?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 11:05 PM

Nice looking project. Now you have need to wine about anything.. LOL

PS.. I can already see your response: Put a cork in Rat!”

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 01-02-2009 11:27 PM

Very nice, but I think you can use it other times of the year too.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#4 posted 01-03-2009 02:26 AM

Nice job but I don’t understand the need for the glass cover on the corks. Isn’t it slippery?

I have made trivets using wine corks. I doubled the usable number the by cutting them in half length wise on the band saw; which also gave me a flat gluing surface and made the finished trivet less thick. I have also given trivets as “do it yourself gifts” where the recipient could glue the corks in and design their own layout pattern (like bricks). It is surprising how many people collect corks. A friend donated an apple box full in trade for a couple of trivets. The type of wine and country of origin create a variety of different corks, long, short, fat, slim, good quality and cheap.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-03-2009 06:25 AM

nice looking tray. Very classy indeed!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 01-03-2009 03:13 PM

LesB, The body and the base can be separated (They are screwed together from below the base) on this tray so as my step daughter drinks a special wine on a special occasion, she can remove one of the Ebay corks and replace it with her own. The corks are basically loose, but held tight by spacers around the edges which also perform another function, that of holding the glass firmly in place. The edging has a lip underneath that contacts the spacers for a tight vertical fit.

The glass is mainly to prevent spills into the middle of the cork field, and also to match the sheen on the wood itself.

I was truly amazed at how many corks are available on the internet, then I realized that just about every winery worth its grapes has wine tasting and they amass tons of these used corks.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 01-03-2009 05:39 PM

oooooh classy (oh that’s what Scott said,,.. well if the word fits!)


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

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#8 posted 01-03-2009 11:59 PM

A great project and two of them on the same day. At least I found them both today.

-- 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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#9 posted 06-03-2012 03:05 AM

Super nice wine tray. Gr8 way to recycle all those fine corks. I likes it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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