Wine rack, finish to match our dinning room table

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Project by xraydav posted 08-27-2018 12:32 PM 750 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

15 years ago I had built a wine rack for my wife and I to use in our home. It held 20 bottles but we had outgrown it. And what ever was going in our new home needed to match existing furniture, mainly the dinning room table.

I wanted it to hold at least 50 bottles, wanted 100 bottles but that proved to big for the space we had for it. Settled on a 60 bottle size.

I knew I wanted a mortise and tenon design to give it strength. So I started with the 4 legs. Knowing that it would be painted and not stained and finished, I deduced to use construction lumber. I ripped 4 – 2×4s on 45* angles both sides and then glued 4 of them together with masking tape holding them tight to giving me 4 legs approximately 3.5×3.5 inches. A friend said why don’t you just rip down 4×4s… so I tried that for the last 2 legs. Mistake. First of all the time it took to get them to size and square was a lot of work. Second the wood from the douglas fir did not turn well on the lathe. But live and learn. As you can see each of the 6 legs got a foot turned on its base, a round shape.

Next I chose poplar (3.75”) for the stretchers that would support the wine bottles. I cut 20 pieces to length and then set up my drill press with a 3.5” hole saw and cut 6 scoops out of each piece… this was the most time consuming part of the project if you include sanding these and getting them ready for finish.

I cut a tenon on each end of each stretchers and then used my Jet Mortise machine to cut the mortises in the legs.
Assembly was pretty straight forward with my Craftsman band clamps providing the ummph to reign in all 40 mortise and tenon joints simultaneously.

I hand cut dovetailed draws and used a 3/4 board for the bottoms, chamfered with a hand plane, on all 4 sides to get the edges down to a 1/4 inch to slide into the bottom track I had cut in the 4 draw sides.

Finish was an experiment but I ended up mixing (all water based) brown wood stain and gray paint to get the color gray/brown needed to match a store bought table. Then I antiqued the finish a bit and finished it with a clear coat of water based poly that I added some dark brown stain to giving the final finish a smoky look.

-- David, Norwood Mass, [email protected]

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 01:09 PM

Nice and functional. Well done.

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 03:09 PM

Making note NOT to let LOML see this post, or I will be making a 60 bottle wine rack for her…....

That said, nice job.

Question on the glue up? Are you an Octopus, or have a lot of help? Clamps or not, getting 40 M&T’s going together in a single glue up sounds Super Human. I’m building a desk with 68, but I can do that in multiple glue ups, can’t imagine more than 12 at once, makes me tired to think about that. Anyhow BRAVO!!!!!

Also bravo for sticking with the hole saw that long. I know where I can get a 4” Forstner for 45 bux, I would have defaulted to waiting until it came in. For me a hole saw is a cheap way to pop a hole in plywood, maybe 2 holes. 120 pops, no way…. I’m beginning to appreciate how you wrestled all those M&T’s together.

Sorry, don’t take me seriously. Congrats on this project, it is a very nice one, and sounds like you now have a matching set of dining room pieces, and a major wine list to choose from. Winner winner….

Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#3 posted 08-27-2018 09:48 PM

That is a lot of wine to want at one time. I made one as well. I assume it held 20 – but it is hard to remember now. Mine was much like yours except that it was Hickory and natural in color. Obviously I love what you did here.

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