Countertop wine rack

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Project by William Shelley posted 01-11-2017 03:59 PM 2899 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this wine rack as a gift for my sister. The original design started out very simple, it was going to hold a few bottles of wine and have a shelf on the side for wine glasses. It got a little more complicated as I worked on it.

I used mostly shop scraps for this although I did buy the cherry that I made the base from.

Overall dimensions are about 22” wide, 12” deep, 13” tall. The top is made from …. a cedar fence picket from home depot. Sometimes when I’m bored, I dig through an entire unit of 400+ fence boards and pull out the clear ones. The middle strip in the top is from a pine 2×3 also sourced from sorting through a unit of lumber to find good stuff. I bought some 8/4 cherry for the bottom, ripped it into strips and then glued it all back together. After glue-up, it was 12-1/2” wide which just barely fit through my planer. It nets out at 12-1/4” wide, 18-1/2” long, and 1-3/16” thick.

I used maple for the frame and bloodwood for the bottle rack. The bloodwood is so incredibly stiff and strong, I have no doubt that those tiny little sticks could hold up a wine bottle filled with lead shot.

The rails that hold the wine glasses are made from some wood that came out of my grandmother’s barn, I believe it’s walnut and that my dad cut it and milled it 25-30 years ago. Unfortunately, most of it suffers from powder post beetle damage. I had to cut off a lot of stuff to get those four small pieces.

It’s currently finished with 2 coats of 100% tung oil. I really like the look but I’m worried about long term durability, so I might wipe on a more durable coating.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#1 posted 01-11-2017 04:45 PM

Very cool design and wood selection… Sure the sis will make good use of it! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 01-11-2017 05:24 PM

Beautiful table top!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-11-2017 06:30 PM

Neat design and well constructed too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 02:15 PM

This is a nice practical project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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