Wine Bottle Display Stand

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Project by j_c posted 05-30-2012 09:20 PM 7717 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a display stand I made for a friend who runs a business importing Croatian wines. Not your most well known wine region, but well worth trying!

The stand is for use at trade shows, and holds six bottles (ie half a case). The wood is Sapele, finished with Danish oil. The dodgy inlay (the Croatian crest) is Walnut and Obeche. As far as the joinery – apart from the obvious dovetails, I used beech ply for the base, which I slotted into a routed groove along the inside of the four sides of the piece. The five pieces that divide the bottles of wine were fixed into place with dowels. The dovetails were cut by hand (and it shows!), and the pieces were sawn and planed by hand. I confess I cheated with the routing for the base board, and used a handheld router. I also used a sander with 400 grit to smooth the piece down before applying the finish.

This was the first time I tried both dovetails and inlay, aside from two small experiments before I started. Before starting, I thought “how hard can it be!?” Well, it turns out the answer is ’Harder than it looks!’ This is also my first proper project – having only made chopping boards previously! There are many flaws, particularly with the top part of the inlay, but I feel I learned a lot, and I had fun!

PS, sorry about the dodgy phone photos!

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 01:15 AM

Well done. The dovetails look fine. I wish I could make them as nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 01:31 AM

Really nice! Sapele is a good wood to work with. Dove tails look great to me. Thanks for posting.

-- Rick

#3 posted 05-31-2012 05:23 AM

Very nice holder great for shows sold

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 06:05 AM

You are nicely progressing in woodworking

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will delaney

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 02:58 PM

Nice looking wine display. Thanks for posting. You gave me an idea of how I can use some wine boxes that I found.There only 1/4” so i will use finger joints but the design should work.

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 03:56 PM

Nice work, Looks great

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 07:42 PM

Thanks a lot for the feedback guys, much appreciated.

489tad: If you had a close-up of the dovetails, you might withdraw your statement ;-) I’m fairly happy with the ones on the right, but the ones on the left were a bit gappy. Fortunately, epoxy came to my rescue, and hid it fairly well!

rickf16: Yep, I love Sapele! Really beautiful grain, and it seems to take nicely to oil. I like how the endgrain darkens significantly, which has worked well for the dovetails, although I confess it was completely unintentional!

will delaney: Great stuff – and finger joints should look nice too! If I were you I’d be tempted to use the boards with the date stamps, and keep them on show so its obvious where the timber came from. I may also feel inclined to use that board with the logo stamped on it as the front piece! Whatever you do, you’ve got a nice little haul there, all pretty much pre-sized for you (I’m slightly jealous!)

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#8 posted 06-07-2012 06:07 PM

j_c, nice looking display – love the idea.

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#9 posted 07-22-2012 11:52 AM

Very nice wine box and well done Croatian crest.
Our wines are definately worth of trying – BEVARE OF ADDICTION!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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