Cherry wine rack w/ marquetry door

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Project by drumpriest posted 02-21-2008 09:29 AM 6844 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, I have been working on this project for quite some time. It is a commission piece wine rack with a cabinet, wine glass holder, and a shelf for some knick knacks.

The cabinet portion if cherry veneer plywood edge banded with 1/8” cherry strips. The top is cherry ply wrapped in a 1” wide mitered cherry frame. The rest of the project is solid cherry but for the marquetry panel, with the legs being curly cherry. The wine bottle holders were template routed to be identical, the top 2 hold 8 regular wine bottles, the bottom 2 hold 6 magnum bottles. The wine glass holder under the top shelf holds 12 wine glasses, and was purchased at amazon for 9$. The side rails where the bottles go are also curved via template routing.

The cabinet is joined to the legs with biscuits, the wine bottle holders and side rails are mortise and loose tenon, and the top is attached with dowels. The door is mortise and loose tenon with dados routed to hold the panel. I used a non mortise hinge, and 2 barrel magnetic catches help keep the door closed with the strikers mortised into the back of the door.

The marquetry is cut from shop sawn veneers including curly maple as the background, purple heart for the grapes, and green poplar for the leaves. These pieces were sand shaded to add depth. There was an inclusion in the maple, and I extended this dark defect via wood burning for the branch.

Here was the rendering that got approved… warning, it’s a large rendering.

And here are a couple of photos of the results. I will take more photos in the daylight tomorrow for better views.

Partially complete, no finish finished wine rack
marquetry panel

Needless to say, this one took quite some time, was delayed by several tool upgrades during production, and the arrival of Harrison. I am very glad to finally have it finished for the client, they have been very patient. I do warn people when I take on projects such as these that it will be at my own pace, but I never imagined this one taking so long. Let me know what you all think please….

-- Keith Z. Leonard, drums first, wood second....

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#1 posted 02-21-2008 10:55 AM

I don’t really like wine – but I sure like your wine rack. Great job. The design, craftsmanship and marquetry is absolutely beautiful.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 02-21-2008 01:03 PM

Ah, yes. The grapes of racks.

Nice marquetry job. The veining and tinting really add to the piece.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 02-21-2008 01:14 PM

This is a beautiful piece. Cherry happens to be my favorite wood with which to work. You did an excellent job here.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-21-2008 01:21 PM

I like wine, even built a wine cellar but I must say….........mine doesnt even come close to that.


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 02-21-2008 04:19 PM

Very nicely done, I love the marquetry.

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#6 posted 02-21-2008 04:25 PM

I’ll second loving the marquetry!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-21-2008 04:28 PM

Nice rack and great inlays!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 02-21-2008 04:42 PM

Excellent job, the marquetry came out beautifully. Great, great wine rack…way to go!

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 02-21-2008 06:18 PM

This is almost exactly what I need to build this year. I hope you don’t mind if I ‘borrow’ from this. I love it!

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#10 posted 02-21-2008 07:30 PM

Great job. I am sure the people in Napa would love this.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 02-22-2008 03:55 PM

My eye is immediately drawn to the marquetry. The green leaves and red grapes stand out so well. Did you enhance the color with a stain at all or were you able to preserve that wonderful green for the leaves from the poplar color alone?
Very lovely.

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#12 posted 02-22-2008 08:55 PM

Thanks everyone! Christina no stain was used on this project. I did some sand shading, and the finish is seal-a-cell and arm-r-seal.

-- Keith Z. Leonard, drums first, wood second....

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#13 posted 02-25-2008 10:24 PM

Hey Keith this is beautiful, the marquetry alone is specatular!! I especially like the way you worked with what maybe perceived by some as a defect in the wood to help create the branch.

The client should be extremely happy with this project, regardless of the time. Now I just need to make sure my wife never sees this one!

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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