Shop Notes #18: Wine Rack Prototype

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Blog entry by Steve posted 04-17-2018 04:17 PM 736 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent the majority of the day yesterday finishing up the last elements of the wine rack I’m making from black acacia. I needed four stretchers to hold the front and back together, and as it’s been for all aspects of this project, I was afraid that the design was too flimsy.

The stretchers were to be turned from acacia as well with tenons on each end. I decided on through tenons only because I could drill through both sides at the same time, ensuring that the mortises would line up properly. (I’ll have to add the locations to my template, so I can drill the tenons only partially through for a cleaner look in the next go-around.)

It’s always a bit stressful trying to make identical elements on the lathe. I turned each stretcher down to 5/8” using three guide points: two at each end and on in the center. For me at least, it’s a lengthy process of shave, stop, measure, repeat. It gets faster with a practiced, eye, but that’s also when I can get over-confident and turn things just a little too thin.

In this case, I got the first four right. The stretchers are 6” shoulder to shoulder, with 3/8” tenons on each end. After I had two done, I put the rack together and tested with a handy wine bottle. Even with just two, the structure seemed pretty secure, so I went ahead and finished the rest.

With four, the rack is very sturdy. I’ll do some sanding on this today, then trim the tenons and assemble the unit. Still haven’t decided what sort of finish might work on this.

-- ~Steve

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