Wine Rack

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Project by che posted 06-20-2007 03:30 AM 2762 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real woodworking project since I got my table saw for Christmass. Yes 6 months to make a wine rack is a long time. My wife and I have been doing some major rennovations to our house removing entire rooms installing an entier kitchen from scratch, etc. On top of all this the brakes were applied hard 2 days before I took ownership of the table saw. My daughter was born. Having a daughter that is 2 days older than your saw will slow any woodworker down at leas for a couple of years.

The wine rack is designed to fit snugly inside the buffet it is sitting on and will hold over 2 cases of wine. I’ll have a photo later once the finish has had a chance to fully dry. The piece is made from Poplar. The Dados and Rabbets were machine cut and the slots for the horizontical bars were hand cut. I wanted to hand cut them to get a feel for the difficlut of hand cut dovetails. They could be tighter but I don’t think its bad for a first attempt

-- Che.

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#1 posted 06-20-2007 03:50 AM

Looks nice che. Youre a lot farther along than i was on my first project! I think my first project was a cinder block with a piece of raw plywood sitting on top for a nightstand….lol

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 06-20-2007 03:53 AM

Simple, but functional and well done. I see many projects in your future….

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-20-2007 03:55 AM

I had a bit of a head start. I’m an engineer who has done some detail design work for some aluminum boats. Designing every piece of aluminum that goes into a 60M ship teaches you to think about things really go together. I also had a good wood shop in high school and have done quite a bit of woodworking to restore a couple of boats with a friend of mine. Table saws aren’t as useful when there are no straight lines. lucally modern marine epoxy likes a little gap :)

I have a bit of a thing for form following function. I see a lot of craftsman and craftsman inspired pieces in my future…

-- Che.

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#4 posted 06-20-2007 04:20 AM

I’ve taken up to a year to finish something that had less detail than that. Congrats! You’re a speed builder!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 06-20-2007 04:39 AM

Nice idea che, it’ll look good when you’re done. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-20-2007 05:03 AM

che, it look like you did a good job. It sounds like your daughter was waiting on you getting that table saw before she came into the world.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 06-20-2007 06:12 AM

very cool…and congrats on the new one…i can say DITTO on the new baby vs. woodshop time…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 06-20-2007 01:48 PM

Congradulations and nice job on the wine rack.

-- Hope Never fails

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#9 posted 06-20-2007 02:48 PM

from one engineer to another engineer….good work. Don’t let the 6 months bother you, we all understand the numerous things that come up and interfere with a woodworking project in the course of a year. Congrats on the wine rack, and the new saw!!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 07-13-2007 02:16 AM

final pictures…

WineRack 003

WineRack 004

-- Che.

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#11 posted 07-13-2007 02:26 AM

It came out very nice. Great design.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 07-13-2007 11:34 AM

very nice indeed!!!!

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

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#13 posted 07-13-2007 04:04 PM

Well done!

Why did you create the v-shelf, instead of adding two other shelfs instead? I am just curious if it was for artistic consideration, or holds more wine, or ?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#14 posted 07-13-2007 05:59 PM

A little of both. We generally buy our “every day” wine by the case. The V holds that (all the bottles are the same). The other spaces hold the wines given as gifts, special bottles and odd ball etc. bottles. As you can see the V is empty. We haven’t re-stocked since my wife was pregnant.

Thanks for asking. I welcome constructive critisism, suggestions etc. Maybe we could have a tag or area to post plans or projects for critique.

-- Che.

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#15 posted 07-14-2007 12:09 AM

I think this wine rack turned out great and a very functional piece of furniture too. I like the color contrast. I have given up on self imposed deadlines. The family always comes first. The main point is the finshed product no matter how long it takes.

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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