Double Barrel Wine Box

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Project by Gianni posted 01-26-2014 04:19 AM 1740 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like how this project went and finished. I spent a fair amount of time thinking about how to cut the dadoes and profiles such that the grooves from the inserts didn’t come through front and back, etc.

The back is a scrollsaw relief technique posted a few days back by woodreamer, thanks for the idea there, I think it turned out well. The front etching didn’t go well, but the flaws aren’t that noticeable. The original packing plastic was peeling off the acrylic (it’s been in the garage for a few years looking for a project) so I tried to use 2 layers of clear:-|packing tape. The tape stuck too well, and was difficult to see, so I ended up scraping for several hours with the xacto, and still had lines that were cut but not etched, and thus dead-ended. Oh well, I’m certainly not disappointed in the overall result.

Top slides out, front half of bottle holders pull out to load/unload. Acrylic instead of glass, because once you’re done with the first two bottles, glass isn’t your friend anymore. Made from some hackberry shorts I picked up around Christmas just because they were there, cheap, and I had never worked with it before. Not particularly a pretty wood, easy enough to work with I guess. Jury is skeptical, but still out. Walnut miter keys and a matching decorative rope.

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#1 posted 01-26-2014 04:26 AM

Nice wine box, it would be great as a gift or to sell at a winery. Any chances of selling them.

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#2 posted 01-26-2014 08:16 AM

This just to cool. Talk about a great way to present wine to someone. Well done! Your creative design is spot on.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 01-26-2014 12:49 PM

I always figure if I turn my hobbies into a job, they will become… Well… A job, and I wouldn’t enjoy them as much. That’s why I spent a lot of time making stuff just to give to friends and family. Getting old seems to offer me a lot of time to burn.

Thank you for the complimemts, they are appreciated.

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 03:49 PM

Pretty box, great joints and nice touch on the rope. Scroll work and the etching are great accents. Great job!

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 09:23 PM

Very nice project Gianni; I make my own wine and will have to start giving some away as gifts or every wall in the house will have a wine rack against it lol. Hope you don’t mind me using your project as my guide. How did you etch the acrylic? “scraping with the xacto”? Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 12:02 AM

To etch the acryilic I normally print the pattern, attach over top the peelable plastic protective sheet on the acrylic with spray adhesive, cut through both with an exacto, and weed out the parts to get etched. I then just sandblast it with glass blasting beads at a fairly weak to moderate pressure and a little handheld sandblaster. The parts you peel off fog up nicely.

With this one, the sheet had been in the garage so long that the original protective sheet was falling off, so I taped it with clear packing tape and tried the samw thing. It worked ok, but the packing tape was a nightmare to get off in comparison with the protective sheet-thingy, and it was hard to tell if i had gotten it, so a lot of the lines break and dead end on this one.

Normally easy as pie though.

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 03:29 AM

Thanks Gianni; cool idea except I don’t have a sandblaster. I was thinking of a similar technique but thought of just using sandpaper to fog up the pattern. I’ll give it a try and post the results.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 12:04 PM

If you use glass, I know there is a paste-like chemical etch compound you can spread over the mask. Not sure ifmit works on acrylic, or if there is an analog. Wonder if a local body shop would quick shoot it for you. Doesn’t take but 30 seconds.

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