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Project by Siv posted 12-04-2017 03:30 PM 2760 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife saw that the UK was well ahead of the curve with adult oriented advent calendars that have whisky, wine or gin behind each little door. Sadly, these are very expensive to get across the pond so she asked me to make her one. First was a trip to the bottle shop to get a bunch of miniatures (mostly gin) and then I measured the tallest and widest bottles and needed cubbies that are 1.5” x 6”.

The horizontals are 3/4” ply with 1/4” dados every 1.75”. The verticals are 1/4” ply. The broad construction of the box was based on the wood whisperer’s design. The sides and back are also 1/4” ply. The front trim and doors are oak and it was a real pain making the doors and drilling and screwing all the hinges. I’m never doing that again. The door knobs are cut down fence nails.

This is far from my best work and it’s not finished but I’m too late and it had to be pressed into service. I may skin the sides and top with oak, make some kind of framing and apply some finish but that will be for next year. If I ever do this again, I’m making drawers – the doors are too much hassle.

Wife is very happy though and that’s the main thing!

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#1 posted 12-04-2017 04:12 PM

Wife is very happy though and that’s the main thing! – enough said!


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#2 posted 12-04-2017 05:27 PM

Couldn’t you have put the hinges in the door jam and inset them so they are not so out there, and crooked?

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 12-04-2017 06:03 PM

make one that holds full-size bottles, then we’ll talk… ;)

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#4 posted 12-04-2017 06:04 PM

i love it!

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

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#5 posted 12-04-2017 07:49 PM

literally lol.

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#6 posted 12-04-2017 08:50 PM

Couldn’t you have put the hinges in the door jam and inset them so they are not so out there, and crooked?

- woodchuckerNJ

Jeff, there are so many things I would have like to have done better but I rushed to finish this in time had to take shortcuts. I’m really not happy with the hinges – they’re cheap and don’t fit nice flat so putting them in the jamb would have left a large gap between the door. But one thing I should have done is fit the hinges first into the jamb with a straight edge which would have given a much neater look.

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#7 posted 12-04-2017 10:38 PM

Great idea.
Maybe next year, if I can remember.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 12-04-2017 10:45 PM

How un-PC, I love it!

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#9 posted 12-04-2017 11:15 PM

That’s hilarious. I love it and the odd skewed hinge only adds to it’s rustic charm.

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#10 posted 12-04-2017 11:41 PM

I need one for every day of the year…...Of course in a few days I could end up weeks ahead so maybe they need a time lock on them.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 12-04-2017 11:42 PM

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#12 posted 12-04-2017 11:58 PM

Nostrovia, t’pijok!

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#13 posted 12-05-2017 12:24 AM

Hey Siv

Thats pretty funny
I am not sure how accurate your “rushing” was as it looks to me that you stopped at a few of the doors and sampled the contents !!

Dont forget you can always post it as a blog and then when its finished you can promote it to a project.
You must have a very nice wife as I dont think I woul have the patience to even start let alone make something that small and complex.
By the time I finished all the bottles would be empty! ... outta pure frustration. ... and I dont drink that line of liquids!
Look forward to seeing it finished and BTW how many times did you wack your fingers putting the nails in?

PVC pipe and a hack saw would be my attempt!

As the other guys said As long as the wife is happy thats what lifes about.

I am off to check out how Mark did it!

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 12-05-2017 12:56 AM

For those interested here it is,

OMG thats one fiddly uber project no way I am even attempting that!

I would not have to paint it red thats for sure!

well deserved for the DT3!

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 12-05-2017 01:25 AM

I would think piano hinges would have been a bester choice in this case

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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