Cherry Wine Butler

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Project by MikeeLikesIt posted 12-09-2009 03:29 PM 2151 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a mostly all Cherry Wine Butler. It has a little Imbuia set into the legs and around the cabinet door openings. The top is made of two book matched cherry slabs. The wine holder racks are adjustable/removable. The glass in the two doors are a “pond ripple” look which gives the necks of the wine bottles a nice subtle distortion. About 15 years ago I was rummaging through some old tools in an antique store and came upon the wine de-corker that you see clamped onto the left side of the top. I think I paid $35 dollars for it. You can purchase a replica today for around $100. I’d say the hardest part of this project was getting the inset door to fit just right. Hope you enjoyed the butler…

-- Mikee Likes It

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 03:36 PM

very nice. that glass is a nice touch. i’m having a bit of trouble understanding the frame construction – it looks like a double frame, so to speak… is that right? also, are those grooves or inlays around the sides?

ie, could we get some close ups? ;-)

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 03:37 PM

Nicely done!

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 03:43 PM

The back is a sheet of 1/2” cherry veneered ply. The wine butler has your basic cabinet box construction but the sides have panels added which gives that feel of a double frame. The darker lines you see on the vertical legs are imbuia inlays. The back legs having the inlay cut directly across and the front legs are cut across the corners.

-- Mikee Likes It

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 03:47 PM

Very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#5 posted 12-09-2009 03:51 PM

ok, thanks for the info.

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 03:56 PM

That’s a great design and excecution, but I’m having a hard time getting my head around the placement of the drawer pulls on the drop down front. Other than that (and it is only a personal preference)I think you did a very nice job. I’d love to know the dimensions.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 04:03 PM

This is a gorgeous piece. The imbuia inlays and the sapwood provide a nice contrast to the cherry, which has some nice graining and character of its own. This is a nicely designed piece that would be a focal point in any room.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 04:35 PM

Look´s really nice and elegant


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#9 posted 12-09-2009 04:48 PM

Great Project – you must have years of experience. I like this design and the wood that was selected. Perfect size for your wine storage. I would like to stop for a glass of wine sometime and check it out. A++

-- Patrick - DCFB

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#10 posted 12-09-2009 05:02 PM

Outstanding job! Very very nice!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 12-09-2009 05:22 PM

Looks very good. I like the proportions of the top and bottom doors.

-- James -

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#12 posted 12-09-2009 07:11 PM

Very nice, my wife keeps asking to make her a wine rack. I asked Why, it would always be empty. :)

-- Senior Chief

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#13 posted 12-09-2009 08:02 PM

I like your design and choice of lumbers.. Have you thought about hanging the wine glasses upside down to keep the dust from settling? It would also free up some additional space under them to allow the ability to stock pile other goodies.

-- Scott, Colorado

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#14 posted 12-10-2009 05:21 AM

Gary likes it too. ;-)

-- Gary, Florida

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#15 posted 12-11-2009 07:49 AM

I also like it all, can see where those doors might give anyone something to think about. Great job.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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