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Project by splintergroup posted 12-16-2019 04:10 PM 1133 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A tip ‘o the hat to Jerry for making me want to build one of these!

This was an adventure! (sorry for the white balance issues with the photos!)

I spotted one of these racks in the “aisle of interior furnishings” at a “discount” store. This immediately reminded me of Jerry’s rack that had been on my to-do list. I had to take a closer look!

This rack certainly would “rack”. About a 2” shift left/right as I pushed on the side. It was built to be flat-packaged and assembled at home, Basically it was “E” shaped sections designed to enmesh together. The funny thing was a sticker that claimed “Genuine simulated wood grain”. Basically a decal on particle board.

Total junk! I knew I had to make it better, stronger than before 8^)

I figured my creation had to hold up to being danced on by a rotund drinker at a wine party. It’s just how I roll when building stuff!

The thought was to make five sections that could interleave for strength. Build it out of hickory just to add some punishment on top of all I will be enduring.

Each bottle hole is 3-5/8” square. The material is 5/8” thick and I didn’t add the nice end grain hiding features that Jerry used.

Here are two mating sections:

To keep each “leaf” looking consistent, I sectioned them to preserve the grain match. Dadoes were then cut along with sectioning the alternating boards to length (do you see where I’m going with this?)

Edges were splined for alignment during glue-up.
This is what each of the three center sub-assemblies looks like:

The idea is I could turn each section 90 degrees so the dados would alternate for ultimate strength.
Stack/glue the sections and add the outer strips (alternating), Bam! simple right?

I’m still not finished with this one 8^) A few more weeks of pain left to atone for my insanity.

I started over with another design, only simpler.

This time cherry:

And only two center sections 8^)

This is what you see for this projects main photo. I actually finished this one and it went a lot better than the hickory 8^)

Still too complicated!

Finally I decided to make a third unit with a single, simple center section. To strengthen the dados, I’d still add the alternating outer strips (all grain matched by cutting from the wide board first).

This is some figured white oak, still more than strong enough for the rotund dancer scenario (and a whole lot easier).

Details include walnut splines:

All edges have a 1/8” radius, the Amana bit with the 1/8” pilot bearing allows me to get fully into the corners

The outer leafs are secured with screws, capped with square ebony plugs (as seen on the cherry version)

Most of my stuff goes through design iterations, but they usually are minor changes. I bit the big one with silly notions during the evolution of these! At least my final go worked out really well and I feel it is a good design.





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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 12-16-2019 04:20 PM

Nice play by play.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 12-16-2019 04:23 PM

Hey, Splint, when I quickly glanced at the title I thought, “I’ve never had butterfly wine and I don’t think I would want to try it either!” Then the OLD brain kicked in and I knew what you meant. These should sell well for you if you use a different name for them. haha

-- Art

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 12-16-2019 05:01 PM

Thanks Brian!

Art! You’ve ruined it for me!

I see lots of wine bottles with a butterfly and grapevine on the label and have always assumed it was made from crushed butterflies and grape leaves.

Now I just get a nasty taste in my mouth when I think about it, grapes and dirty feet, bleh!

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#4 posted 12-16-2019 05:27 PM

I made a few of these for a sale my woodworking club had this weekend to benefit our local food bank , they received a lot of interest and good sales. My approach was quite different than yours but that is woodworking is all about finding the way that works best for us.

https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 12-16-2019 05:35 PM

Thanks Jim.

I tend to overbuild so when I saw the store versions just had notched boards that slid together (a sloppy fit at best), I knew I needed to overcompensate 8^)

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#6 posted 12-16-2019 07:10 PM

look great splint ill take a dozen-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 12-16-2019 07:49 PM



look great splint ill take a dozen-lol.

- pottz

Hah, I know you just want the corks 8^)

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pottz

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#8 posted 12-16-2019 08:01 PM


look great splint ill take a dozen-lol.

- pottz

Hah, I know you just want the corks 8^)

- splintergroup


ha yeah i ran out of corks so i have one trivet yet to finish,guess we’ll just have to drink more-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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therealSteveN

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#9 posted 12-16-2019 09:20 PM

Nice post Splint. SWMBO needs one of these.

I laughed out loud reading

“I figured my creation had to hold up to being danced on by a rotund drinker at a wine party”

I wanna be at your next wine party :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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splintergroup

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#10 posted 12-16-2019 10:05 PM


I wanna be at your next wine party :-)

- therealSteveN

Meet the inlaws, you’d be curled up in the corner 8^)

JK!

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#11 posted 12-16-2019 10:12 PM

Ya know, I had similar challenges with mine. It seems pretty straightforward the first time you look at it, but things can go south quickly if you’re not wrapping your head around the whole thing. I think you did a much better job than I did, very polished and elegant. Congrats on a great build!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#12 posted 12-16-2019 10:32 PM

Great build and nice oak too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 12-18-2019 07:28 PM

Great wine rack, Bruce!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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