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Wine Gift Box that transforms into a Wine rack

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Project by George_SA posted 07-19-2019 10:02 AM 846 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project took more than a year in making. Sometimes life gets in the way of woodworking. :)

I saw this idea on the internet and decided it was a cool project.

It is cool to give someone a bottle of wine in a gift box, but after the wine has been drunk, the gift box becomes obsolete.

Here is something which still has a purpose after you have drunk the wine.
The wine rack can be used for three, six or twelve bottles of wine, depending on how you fold it.

I started off with drawing a plan using SketchUp.

I had some firewood logs which was quite heavy and I decided to use that. In the end I didn’t have enough firewood so I also used some South African Teak (we call it Kiaat).
I made a few changes to the internet example that I saw.

1) I added ribs to hold the bottle steady inside the box.

2) Hinges.
The example that I saw has metal hinges. However my jewelry box hinges that I have are too small and unfortunately I couldn’t find the correct size hinges in my valley, so I decided to make wooden hinges.
The 1st try wasn’t very successful.

The hinge needs to fold back 270 degrees and I neglected that in the design of the 1st hinge. It could only open 180 degrees. Back to the drawing board.

The 2nd design could rotate far enough but was a bit flimsy so with the 3rd try I made the hinge a bit more beefy.

Securing the hinge to the box was a bit problematic and in the end I had to redo the lid of the box.


Back to the drawing board. After some head scratching I came up with a different design that was easier to secure to the box.



The 4th hinge came out too flimsy again.

Sometimes when a design on SketchUp looks fine, it doesn’t work out in real life.

So with the 5th try I made them beefier.

These I installed successfully, but then I found out that the placement of the hinge is quite critical. Place too low down and the box won’t open up to the full 270 degrees leaving a gap. Just 1 mm too low makes a huge difference and of course my hinges were too low. So I had to cut them off and redo them.

Also I found another weakness with grain direction.

Back to the drawing board for try no 6. I made the hinges a small bit beefier again, but also went for a ply design on the top where the hinge pin is to eliminate the weakness of the direction of the wood grain.

I used my thin strip ripping method here to cut 1,5mm strips

To make sure the hinges worked properly I temporarily installed them using double side tape to make a test run.
This time it worked and so 6 tries later I had a working hinge!

To make sure that the hinge is secure I used dowels to reinforce them.
For the look of it I decided to use my square peg cheat dowels.

See my blog on how I made them.

Thanks for watching and as always your comments are welcome.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)





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becikeja

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#1 posted 07-19-2019 10:22 AM

Thanks for sharing the details of the build. The box/case looks great.
This site is not only about sharing ideas, and projects but helping each other become better woodworkers. I too, as I imagine most of us, learned about weakness in grain direction the same way. As soon as I saw the pic, I laughed because I have done that way too many times…. Great post….

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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George_SA

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#2 posted 07-19-2019 11:15 AM



Thanks for sharing the details of the build. The box/case looks great.
This site is not only about sharing ideas, and projects but helping each other become better woodworkers. I too, as I imagine most of us, learned about weakness in grain direction the same way. As soon as I saw the pic, I laughed because I have done that way too many times…. Great post….

- becikeja


Thanks for your kind feedback.
I think I spent more time making hinges, than I did making the box. LOL.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 07-19-2019 01:06 PM

Nice work on the wine box/rack. The idea of getting a rack to hold them in different ways is very versatile. This will be a great idea for a wedding we have coming up.

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

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pottz

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#4 posted 07-19-2019 01:46 PM

now that is the coolest wine gift box ive ever seen,i gotta make some of these.thank you very much for all the info on the build.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 07-19-2019 01:52 PM

Nice work

-- Clark

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#6 posted 07-19-2019 01:53 PM

Thanks for the detailed build notes, and thanks for showing the mistakes so I have fewer to make when I try to reproduce it! Looks like a great project.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 07-19-2019 02:21 PM

This is so cool!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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Mike_in_STL

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#8 posted 07-19-2019 05:03 PM

This is a wonderful project. I can see this becoming a Christmas gift build in my future. Nicely executed and thanks for the build notes!

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#9 posted 07-19-2019 05:06 PM

I always wondered what people did after they consumed the wine in a gift box. This is a great dual purpose project.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 07-19-2019 05:14 PM

Nice project! Good job on persevering through the hinge!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 07-19-2019 06:44 PM

George, it looks like you started something. This is so cool I also would like to make one. You did a great job and I’m sure the recipient will be super happy and impressed. Congrats on your DT3.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#12 posted 07-24-2019 02:56 PM

Great project! I may build a few of these.

Did you try the hinges with two ply Instead of three? Maybe a different, stronger wood would allow you to keep it more delicate?

Thanks for posting.

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MrWolfe

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#13 posted 07-24-2019 03:26 PM

Great build and I admire your engineering skills and persistance.
Beautiful piece.
jon

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George_SA

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#14 posted 07-25-2019 08:58 AM



Great project! I may build a few of these.

Did you try the hinges with two ply Instead of three? Maybe a different, stronger wood would allow you to keep it more delicate?

Thanks for posting.

- Horus

Thanks for the suggestion. I will try a two ply design next time round. I think the wood that I’m using is strong enough though. Rosewood floorblocks. Someone gave me a whole sack full of them and I’m always looking for opportunities to use them.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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