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Project by FaTToaD posted 09-29-2010 03:08 AM 3896 views 28 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After giving one my original wine cork displays to our office manager at work, she ask me to build another one for a coworker who was retiring after 35 years of civil service duty. He supposedly drinks a lot of wine, so she wanted a big one, and she wanted made out of California redwood, since he’d live in California his whole life.

This box is 12”x12”x3” and holds at least 130 wine corks. I had friend give me a couple gallon bags of wine corks so I could see how many these things actually held. I was a bit surprised, I thought maybe around 75 corks, but I got 130 of them in there and probably could have fit a few more after a good shaking. Doesn’t look that many does it?

I finished this box with three good coats of heated BLO, followed by three coats of shellac, and a couple coats of wax. I’m really starting to like how the BLO looks on redwood, it really brings out the warmth and deep reds. The miter keys are made from soft maple.

As always, and feedback or comments will be appreciated. Thanks for looking.

-- David

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 03:19 AM

I really like the BLO and the effect it has on the grain. I think you need to triple the size though. If he is retiring, he will have time to really get into this wine tasting and cork saving big time. lol
I’ll have to use the BLO on this redwood screen door I’m making. If it looks half as good as your cork box I will be happy. Keep up the good work. Rand Your fellow transplanted Arkie.

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 03:27 AM

130 bottles of wine should keep him busy for a while, I also told him he could order one from when that one gets full!

-- David

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 05:06 AM

You should have stained the ends of the corks so they looked used.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 05:14 AM

Nice job. I have know a few people who could have filled it with beer bottle caps:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 05:26 AM

BigTiny, I think they are used, but you’re right, some sure don’t look like it!

TopamaxSurvivor, beer caps are a good idea. I messed up the very first one I made by using plexi instead of glass, now it’s used to hold bottle caps and whiskey caps. It’s huge, so we got a lot of drinking to do before it’s full!

-- David

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 02:56 PM

Great idea, and nicely done! Any way to empty it for re-use without de-construction?

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 03:52 PM

To remove the corks, you just remove the back. Each box has a 1/4” rabbit that a piece of ply fits in. I sneak up on the final size of the back so it fits snug with no extra support. To remove it, you just stick your fingure or a penical through the hole in the top and push the back out.

-- David

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#8 posted 11-16-2010 02:49 AM

Yours is a very kool idea. I know 1 cork turns into 2, and 2 turns into 3, and, etc…. Here’s what I did with some

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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