Red Blue Wine Rack

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Project by KnickKnack posted 11-29-2012 08:06 AM 3672 views 22 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent a long time looking for, and subsequently at, pictures of wine racks all over the internet. Very little that I saw suited my taste, save for some wall-hanging ones that had a very small capacity, and required that you have vertical walls – we, alas, have none.
I still have a fascination with the Rietveld Joint, and it seemed that the geometry of that ought to suit my purpose. But I didn’t want the “flimsy” look (do I ever?), and, to keep the bottles apart and above the horizontal line (my aesthetic decision), I needed fairly fat stretchers for the bottles to lie on. Things spiralled out of control from that point until I arrived at this design. I was a little concerned that there wouldn’t be enough anti-racking strength – that caused several sleepless nights – but I need not have worried – at a pinch I think you could park your car on this thing!

The wife made some unrepeatable comment about why I still wasn’t making anything useful! I am the cellarmeister – she has no idea what a hassle it is to pick the evening wine from a stack of random, unordered, bottles.

To follow through I needed three different coloured woods – I went with fumed oak, beech and ash (I only have a choice of 4 woods, and the Jatoba is too figured to feature in a design that’s basically about the shape).
Finished with linseed oil.
Size: 4 bottles by 3 bottles.

12 down, about 120 to go, sigh.

All comments, positive, negative, or neutral will be toasted from a bottle or three of rather fine Portuguese wine.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 09:46 AM

Intriguing design. Did you cut the angles on the boards on a router or saw? I looked at the link for the Reitveld Joint- couldn’t make much out of it at this time of morning. I noticed that you need to dust off the bottles. Surely you don’t keep them in the shop.

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 09:57 AM

Did you cut the angles on the boards on a router or saw
On the router table.

I noticed that you need to dust off the bottles. Surely you don’t keep them in the shop
Indeed not! But I like the “dusty old” look – we’ve been carrying some of that is dust around for years and from country to country.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 10:34 AM

Looks like good construction. Wives rarely see “useful ” the same as we do.

Worry not what is outside the bottle, it’s what’s inside that counts :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-29-2012 12:06 PM

I like it. Very pleasing look.

I also noticed the dust. I can never keep a bottle long enough for it to acquire dust. I guess I could buy them with dust on them.

12 down, about 120 to go, sigh. Oh the envy!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#5 posted 11-29-2012 12:24 PM

Nice design. The wine also looks just as good! ;-)


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#6 posted 11-29-2012 01:19 PM

Nicely done. I like the simple design. It does what it’s supposed to do. Nice wood combos as well.

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

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#7 posted 11-29-2012 08:45 PM

I’m a little intrigued by the fact that you have no vertical walls. Do you live in an igloo?

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#8 posted 11-29-2012 08:51 PM

Great design and wood choise. But I don’t see a bottle of Quinta Do Crasto there!

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#9 posted 11-29-2012 10:19 PM

I like the design. Something out of the ordinary.

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#10 posted 11-30-2012 02:19 AM

beautiful rack, nicely crafted. I suppose the dust means the bottles are aging nicely!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 11-30-2012 02:41 AM

nice rack. but i realy am speaking of the wine rack!

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#12 posted 11-30-2012 05:34 AM


Now, are they ALL being carefully Balanced on each shelf? (LOL)

We’re getting used to seeing wine bottles being Balanced going through a Hole in a board… LOL

Your method seems to work very well TOO! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#13 posted 11-30-2012 07:57 PM

nice design…be careful not to keep the wine tooooo long…unless you have a wine fridge or a space with consistent temperatures (like a cellar space)...the idea with keeping your wine on the shelf for years and years to improve it is not true in all cases…and only with special care.


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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