Kitchen Island with Wine Rack

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Project by Elvin posted 02-02-2011 09:52 PM 7008 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all and Happy New Year,
It has been a while since I last posted a project but I finally finished a kitchen island with a wine rack for my son and his wife. It was truly a learning experience. The butcher block top is hard Maple which turned out to be the easier part of the project. Most of my difficultly was with the wine rack. I made the mistake of constructing the carcass first and then trying to construct the wine rack inside the opening. That was the challenge. First I placed the front and rear racks in the cabinet and tested it with a wine bottle. Some wine bottles fit perfectly but others fell through the opening. Then I had to add the runners to hold any size bottles. After a lot of trial and error I finally got them to work. Next was trying to spray paint the interior of the rack. I have a turbo sprayer with canister and it was to large for the opening. It took a while but finally completed the spraying process. Like I said it was a learning process and next time, if there is a next time, I would make the wine rack first, paint it, install it into the cabinet and then add the face frame. Overall I was happy with the project, learned a lot and the kids are now enjoying their new island. I hope you enjoy.

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 10:42 PM

Good job. This’ll be a hardworking cabinet.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 05:09 AM


Very nice-looking island. The top is spectacular! Thanks for sharing.


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#3 posted 02-03-2011 01:20 PM

man it looks great…well done…I hate it when you are going full steam ahead and run into issues…oh well I guess that comes with experience :-)....looks great.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 06:53 PM

Very nice, I really like the contrast between the white base and the natural maple top. It really makes it a focal point. I made one very similar to this for my sister a few months back and I plan on posting the pictures soon. Great Job!

-- Mike from Mass

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 08:11 PM

Hello Elvin

I love it

A good contrast between the top and the base and a good idea in front with the false door
Just a question

How do you do to open the drawers without buttons ?
Thanks a lot for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 10:52 PM

I love it! What method did you use to smooth/flatten the butcher block top?

I actually had a very similar idea just the other day. My plan is to build just the wine rack portion, but also with maple butcher block top. I was also thinking to incorporate FaTToaD’s wine cork displays as the sides of the rack.

Here was my thought:

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 02:22 AM

Digger-jack, Good question! My son and his wife did not purchase the hardware for the door and drawers at the time I installed the cabinet, so I took the picture as is.
Your picture is a neat project. I used hard maple, end grain up and cut them a little longer then the length of the island. I then glued several lengths together in approximately 11” widths to easily fit into my plainer. When I had the width I needed, I planed them all at the same time and when I reached the desired height I glued these segments together. After they dried I scraped away any glue and used a finish sander to complete the top and bottom. Then applied several coats of mineral oil. I hope this helps.

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"

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#8 posted 09-26-2012 01:03 AM

Nice island!

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#9 posted 09-26-2012 01:14 AM

Thanks Hardwood

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"

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