Wine Cabinet

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Project by Blackbear posted 12-20-2013 02:00 PM 4270 views 33 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A coworker was talking about getting his wife a wine cabinet. I saw the picture he had and said, “hey, I could probably do that”. He commissioned me to give it a try. This is my first sizable furniture project and I’m pretty happy with the results.

I picked up all the wood rough sawn from a local mill and was fortunate enough to find a piece of crotch walnut for the top. All three boards in the top are cut from the same piece, matched the best I could. The wine bottle racks are curly maple and the drawer front is birdseye maple.

To attach the racks I used sliding dovetail joints. I had to make a plywood support for my router table to create smooth and square dovetails since the inserts in my router table are plastic and flexed slightly. To do the dovetail slots I clamped all four legs together and made a jig to ride my plunge router against. I actually had two fences for each cut to capture the router.

The skirts at the top are my first venture into traditional mortise and tennon joints. I cut the mortises with a plunge router and cut the tennons on the table saw. I rounded the tennons with a file instead of trying to square the mortises with a chisel.

The tapering on the bottom of the legs was done with a tapering jig on the tablesaw. The maple inlays were done using a cross cut sled on the table saw.

The top got 5 coats of wipe on poly to fill the grain, then sanded back with 400 and then 600 grit sandpaper, then an additional 4 coats of wipe on poly. The rest of the piece is several coats of Watco Danish Oil with some paste wax to finish it off.

Comments and critiques are welcome, thanks for loooking.

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 02:13 PM

Fantastic job !....Looks beautiful. I’m sure the co-worker and his wife are very satisfied

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 02:29 PM


Nice work!

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 02:31 PM

Nice looking build, GREAT top.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Shawn LaFleur

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 02:35 PM

Nice Job !

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 02:38 PM

WOW! Great Job! This looks fantastic – maybe you should do a few more big projects!

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#6 posted 12-20-2013 02:39 PM

Wow that crotch walnut is to die for, beautiful,great job.


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#7 posted 12-20-2013 02:49 PM

Beautiful! Really great job and a good snag on the comission

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#8 posted 12-20-2013 02:53 PM

Great looking cabinet, nice color combo, great walnut crotch.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 03:05 PM

The top is stunning!

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#10 posted 12-20-2013 03:09 PM


-- rob, ont,canada

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#11 posted 12-20-2013 04:48 PM

One could never tell this was your first foray into some of the techniques used in fine furniture. You did an exemplary job as if this was your hundredth time. It looks stunning and the walnut top is drool worthy. Well done!

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#12 posted 12-20-2013 05:23 PM

Lovely work. I dig the exposed joinery along the front, and your wood choice was excellent.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#13 posted 12-20-2013 05:32 PM

Excellent design and work, love that figured Walnut! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#14 posted 12-20-2013 05:59 PM

The details make this piece for me. The top is captivating. Maple and walnut regularly bring out the best in each other and in this case serve to showcase the exposed joinery. The straighforward design allows the details to shine without distraction. Nicely done.

-- Jonathan 2Cor. 4:6

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#15 posted 12-20-2013 06:14 PM

Critiques? no, nothing. It is real nice piece of furniture

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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