Wine Rack Expedition #2: Rough Milling and setting up for detail

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Blog entry by Demowen posted 03-25-2009 06:06 AM 3092 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well folks, I’ve got almost all of my stock milled down and ready to go!

I went to the planing mill (Hicksville Planing Mill) and bought quite a bit of wormy maple. (I believe it is the Ambrosia bug that crawls in the wood and makes all sorts of colors in the surrounding wood. It is also called Ambrosia Maple)

I was in for quite a surprise! I was looking for some spalted maple, but this stuff was only $1.75 a B.F.!!!
I bought all I needed (and then some), they even surfaced it for me at no charge!

Wormy Maple

I figure that this will look pretty nice with the cherry, especially when it ages.

I made some templates to cut out the different wine rack portions. I simply drew up the plan on the template and cut close to the line with a band saw. I don’t have an oscillating spindle sander so I just chucked up a drum sander on my drill press. Worked just fine!

and the bottom detail…

I ripped the large 8/4 cherry board into 3 strips for the legs. One strip was cut in half to be the shorter front two legs. I cut five 31” pieces (4 maple 1 cherry) for the front and sides. I wanted the grain to wrap around the front so I cut the front and side pieces out of the same board (7.5”, 16”, 7.5”). The back rail was from a different board because I didn’t have enough to make four back pieces. It doesn’t matter as much as the front three pieces anyhow.

Here are the pieces all laid out and ready for shaping and joinery.
laid out
This shows the grain flow from the front to sides
grain flow
grain flow 2

Notice the chalk triangles. I do this simply to keep my pieces aligned and in order. You can see some mill marks that I will have to get into order here later with my scraper.

That’s about it for now, up to come… cutting the shapes in the rails, cutting the top, joinery and who knows what else.

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-25-2009 01:31 PM

Construction blogs like this convey more information than simply posting pictures of the completed project. The maple has a lot of character and will add visual interest to the rack.

It will be interesting to watch the progress as you work towards completion of the rack.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-25-2009 03:10 PM

Thanks Scott!

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 03-25-2009 10:07 PM

Nice progress photos and description to follow.

Ambrosia and spalted maple are among my favorite woods.

I look forward to seeing the final project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 03-25-2009 10:30 PM

I can only imagine what a beauty this will be once finished…! thanx for sharing. looks fantastic

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 03-25-2009 10:53 PM

We use a lot of wormy maple and ambrosia in our cabinet shop. I know how pretty it will be. This will really look good when you are done. Keep up the fine work you are doing.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 03-26-2009 07:34 AM

What is the board foot cost to you all for Wormy maple? I am trying to get a feel for the true cost. I saw an add on the net for $9.00 a board foot. I think I really got a deal at $1.75 a board foot! Is that normal?

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#7 posted 08-31-2010 06:41 PM

Demowen, where abouts are you from? I’ve been looking for a place to get decent price wood and some of my buddies told me Hicksville Planing Company (or Mill maybe, not sure) Clear Spring, MD. Is this “your place”? If so that would be a big coincidence that I just looked at your post! Are their prices pretty much the best around (if it is the same Hicksville that I’ve been told about).

Thanks, and great wine rack!

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