Bourbon and whiskey shelving unit.

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Project by diverlloyd posted 07-19-2018 12:24 AM 1271 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is my take on a bourbon shelving unit. It’s made with local black walnut with the pith left on. The pith has spalting, worm and bug holes so I think it helps the rustic look of it. So the outside is dovetailed and all the shevles are hidden sliding dovetails all are cut by hand. No one will ever see those but I know they are there and it was good practice. They are also pinned just for the rustic look. The outside is finished with a handplane then sprayed with 3 coats of polycrylic sanded between coats and finished off with 2 more coats of it wiped on. The shelves are the same then roughed up with 220 and finished just the same minus no sanding between coats. Doing it like this lets the grain raise giving it a kind of non slip finish but is still cleanable. I know it looks simple and rustic which is the look I was going for but it has some nice joinery just for my pleasure of doing. It will be hung with a French cleat and the dimensions are 3’x4’ the outside is 6” deep and the shelves are 5 1/4” deep giving room for the cleat to be hidden.

Thanks for looking and feel free to ask questions.

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#1 posted 07-19-2018 12:34 AM

nice DTs AJ! love the walnut!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#2 posted 07-19-2018 12:52 AM

Walnut. Dovetails. Hidden French cleat. What’s not to like? Nicely done!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 07-19-2018 01:12 AM

Hidden sexy joinery, love it!!

Nice work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 07-19-2018 01:14 AM

I agree with all the above comments!

Can’t wait to see it stocked with bourbon!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 07-19-2018 01:55 AM

Walnut. Dovetails. Hidden French cleat. What s not to like? Nicely done!

- CFrye

Couldn’t have said it any better.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 07-19-2018 02:48 AM

Thank you all.
Dean I’m sure as soon as she gets it mounted or if I mount it will be full within 15 minutes. The bottom shelves are for glasses and accessories.

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#7 posted 07-19-2018 06:30 AM

Bourbon, you’re talking my language. Nice work.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 07-19-2018 10:03 AM

Nice work. What makes it a “bourbon shelf”? Just asking…

-- Petey

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#9 posted 07-19-2018 01:22 PM

You did a fine job on this shelving unit. Congratulations

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 07-19-2018 02:25 PM

Petey it was designed around and for bourbon and whiskey bottles. It’s for a friend that has a very nice collection. So the shelves are wider than they would be for knickknacks but a bit small for books. Then the height spacing is also all different then what I would build for any other item. Then the rustic look would also not work for much else then bourbon or whiskey. If it was a different liquor I would have used a different wood and style of construction. Same for if it was for different items style and size would be different. I thought about using barrel staves but I wanted a larger size then what I could have made with those. Unless the would have been just cosmetic. I’m sure it could be used for other things but that it is its intended use. Thank you for looking at it and commenting.

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#11 posted 07-19-2018 03:41 PM

Very well done sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 07-19-2018 04:49 PM

nice job

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#13 posted 07-19-2018 08:40 PM

Thank you.

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#14 posted 07-19-2018 09:21 PM

Very nice Im glad its done now it just needs to be delivered. Thanks for making it for her.

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#15 posted 07-20-2018 01:32 AM

Looks great!.....But…where is the Booze? LOL..

careful…dovetails are addicting…DAMHIKT…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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