Wine case chest of drawers

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Project by KnickKnack posted 09-14-2017 10:20 AM 2049 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I buy, and subsequently drink, quite a lot of wine. The “good stuff” comes in wooden cases which have, over the years started to accumulate and the wife recently presented me with the ultimatum – “use them or lose them!”.
So I set to trying to come up with something useful, as well as interesting and decorative – and this, finally, is the result.
I could have done this with cases all the same, but I thought it would be more fun to be able to say, presuming one knew, that such and such a thing was in the “Maroteira” drawer. That, of course, led to its own complications since none of the boxes from different producers were of the same size. In addition, of themselves they were really a little small to make a nice shape – so I “added” single port boxes on either side, and used squares covered with cork, and then stained, to make them all at least appear, and fit, the same size. The pulls/handles were a stroke of pure genius!
The actual construction followed a couple of my previous examples – an innovative drawer technique, I think…
Small Ash/Oak ?bedside table with drawer
3 woods chest of drawers

Fluffy decided to pose “for scale” – he turned up at our door a little over a year, covered in blood and at death’s door – ears stricken with cancer. After several operations, he now has no ears, but is a happy, rolly-polly cat with joie de vivre – hopefully he will feature in projects for many years.

If anyone has an interest in the specific wine cases used, I’d be happy to provide information.

Pine, plywood, cork – lightly finished with linseed oil and danish oil for the top.

The wife is happy! 6 cases down (I made 6 drawers but only used 5), only around 50 to go!

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 09-14-2017 11:28 AM

I like it … very clever. Fluffy seems to be quite the ham!

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#2 posted 09-14-2017 01:06 PM

Great re purposing job. The added touch of the cork is a super idea. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-14-2017 01:15 PM

Awesome project! Cats don’t listen anyway…

We rescued a Siamese cat when I was a kid. He had evidently lost a fight with an 18 wheeler and crawled under my aunt’s bush to die. He ended up only with a broken canine and grew to be a healthy 28 pounds. I distinctly remember watching him ride a standard poodle in a fight (even though back then we had him de-clawed). He was a great cat. He even came when you called him and since he was so big, you could actually hear him padding down the hallway. The only night he ever slept with me was the night before he passed from uremic poisoning from the cat food we fed him. His name was Genghis Khan…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 09-14-2017 01:17 PM

really nice use of possible throwaway cartons. I started to do the same thing but my brown paper bags kept collapsing.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 09-14-2017 02:09 PM

Good Finish and nice looking

-- Woodworking is skill >>

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#6 posted 09-14-2017 02:59 PM

I love this piece. It’s colorful and has a lot of wonderful character and is definitely a real eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-14-2017 04:54 PM

The end result is great, but the story and use of corks is awesome.

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#8 posted 09-14-2017 06:11 PM

Unique project. I like the combination of colours and materials.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 09-15-2017 04:49 AM


50 to go! You can build giant chests for Wine Storage!

You’re going to have to change your design… adding more Bays… instead of just 1 Bay, make some 3 & 4 Bay chests! LOL

We drink wine too… BUT, cannot afford to buy the Good Stuff like you drink… Our favorite is Franzia, Sunset Blush in a 5 liter box! LOL (we just save & burn the boxes in the fireplace when it gets cold) LOL

I really like your chests… a very cool design!

How about some Tool chests? LOL

Keep up the good work! Looks great!

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 09-15-2017 12:12 PM

The use of cork is too cool. What a fun project.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 09-15-2017 11:04 PM

I am impressed, great use of nice wone crates!

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