Another Wine Cabinet, From Maple

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Project by FloridaArt posted 06-25-2012 07:35 PM 2723 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June, 2012—When my sister-in-law saw the earlier wine cabinet I made for my wife ( she asked me to make one for her. She decided she wanted it stained English Chestnut, so I decided to use maple solid and maple plywood. The wood came from Anderson Lumber (a/k/a “The Beast”) in St. Petersburg.

The end panels, divider panel, and door are all made the same way: Quarter-inch maple plywood in a solid maple frame. The back and horizontal members of the carcass are three-quarter-inch maple plywood. The face frame and drawer front are solid maple. The drawer is made of plywood also, but left unstained. The drawer slides are 12-inch, full extension. Pocket holes, compliments of Kreg, were used for joinery, with Gorilla wood glue.

The wine rack itself was made from special cut pieces for this purpose, which Fred at Anderson Lumber just happened to have in maple! That saved a lot of time and it looks great.

The dimensions are 37-inches wide (width of bottom skirt), 16-inches deep, and 39.5-inches tall (to the underside of the counter top). The counter top will be granite that my sister-in-law selects. For now I made a temporary top out of some old half-inch plywood, which actually looks pretty good all painted up!

The unit is on casters that are rated at 300-pounds all together. The Minwax English Chestnut stain is applied over a stain prep product that limits blotching. Then there are multiple coats of brushed on water-based polyurethane. I decided to leave knobs off the drawer and door, since my sister-in-law will want to pick them out when she takes delivery.

Tools used on this project: hand-held circular saw to cut plywood, planer, table saw (normal and dado blades), miter saw, stationary belt sander, hand-held belt sander, palm sander, small plane, hand-held drill. Not used: Band saw, router, dovetail jig.

This was a fun project and I hope she likes it!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 08:29 PM

Art- of course she will like it- but just in case- I like it! Great job.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#2 posted 06-26-2012 01:22 AM

Real Nice Work Art…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 06-26-2012 11:45 AM

Very nice Art. I like the mirror frame above it also. Did you make that? Looks very stout.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-02-2012 02:26 AM

Nice job. That looks like something I will be building soon, only a little different design (teacher’s podium).

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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