Sycamore Wine Rack

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Project by Dj1225 posted 11-16-2015 12:41 AM 1417 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend asked me to make a wine rack out of some sycamore lumber he had. Never used Sycamore so I said I would try. Pretty easy to work with, but trying to get a nice color for the finish was not easy. Ended up using some transtint dye, then boiled linseed oil, and finally 3 coats of waterlox on the cabinet, and 4 coats on the top.

Still the wood was a little fuzzy and hard to get a really smooth finish. If I do another in this wood, I will take more time sanding and go to a higher grit than 180.

Picked out some pieces with unusual grain for the top and drawer and added a little walnut inlay to the drawer.

-- Dave

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#1 posted 11-16-2015 12:55 AM

That looks terrific! You made the sycamore look stunning.

It looks really similar to one I made as a gift quite a few years ago:

One word of warning/caution – I don’t know why, but my brother (who I gave the table to) stated that with repeated bumping, even small bumps, the bottles would kind of “walk” themselves forward and slip off the back slats. I think we added some kind of rail to fix the issue.

Great job – thanks for sharing this!


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#2 posted 11-16-2015 11:57 AM

Beautiful Piece!!


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#3 posted 06-09-2017 11:10 AM

Very nice looking, I like how the piece still looks light and not too heavy. Some wine racks/cabinets have too much to them for my tastes.

Could you possible post some more pictures of it?

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