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Wine Bottle Holder (Kitchen Challenge CS1)

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Blog entry by Heidi Neely posted 09-30-2010 04:08 AM 3232 reads 11 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Creating this project was fun, because it was a combined effort that Keith and I made together. I wanted a wine bottle holder for our kitchen, but after looking in stores and online I couldn’t find one that I really liked. So, thinking like a LJ I decided to design one myself, and asked Keith if it was something we could do as a weekend project together.
This is my original pencil drawing showing the design I came up with:

Next, I came up with a design for the carvings we would do on the front, and Keith drew a template on some MDF and cut it out so we could use it to trace it onto our wood. We decided to make it out of Maple, because 1. we had enough of it on hand already to use, and 2. we like the way maple carves so cleanly. This is a pic of the template, and the carving design-

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We both took turns cutting out all sides left and right, front and back on the bandsaw….then we used carbon paper to copy our designs onto the front and each carved a side. When looking at the project head on, I carved the left side, and Keith carved the right. Here are a few pics from the carving process-

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After that we took turns cutting out the "spindels" that stretch across the front and back that the wine bottle will rest on, and sanded them on the spindel sander. Keith had the idea to use the router bit that creates a curved edge on all 4 sides which results in making them completely circular. I wasn't completely sold on the idea at first, because I designed it differently, but looking at the finished project now, I think it was a really good decision after all. Keeping them squared would have made the finished project look too bulky, and detracted from the carvings.

To join the parts together, we used a dowel in each "spindel", and used dominos to in the sides. After dry fitting all of the parts together and making sure everything would line up correctly, we took it apart and then glued and clamped the entire thing together. Here are some pictures of that process-

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The next day we unclamped it, and started on the process of sanding our way through all of the grits. Then Keith had me rub it with a damp rag to raise the grain, and we sanded it again. While I was finishing up on the sanding, Keith cut out the piece for the top, and routed the edges to give it the same rounded over edge as the spindels.

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For the finish, I wanted a color similar to our kitchen cabinets, but it didn't have to be an exact match...just something to compliment it. Keith mixed a custom color, which turned out beautifully. I applied it with a rag one section at a time, and Keith used a dry brush to blend and even out the color. That was followed up by several coats of Deft clear wood finish in satin.....scuff sanding in between coats to keep it all nice and smooth.

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The top was fastened on after the finishing using some figure 8 fastiners-

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And finally.....the finished wine rack standing proudly on our kitchen counter top, and being put to good use-

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So...there you have it.....our entry for the CS1 Kitchen Challenge. Time to pop open a bottle : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”



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ACP

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 04:15 AM

Wow, what a wonderful piece and a cool presentation too! I am jealous of your skill in carving and your patience to do it!

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lew

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 04:33 AM

Beautiful!

I agree with assessment of the round vs. square spindles.

Good luck in the contest!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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rsladdwoodworks

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 04:35 AM

you do grate work around hear the wine people would go nut over this

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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Rick

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 04:40 AM

That’s a Fabulous Presentation! I’m in Photbucket also, might give that a try!

Again. Beautiful Piece!!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 04:53 AM

Hey Heidei & Keith, you both do an excellent team !!

Agree on the rounded spindles idea, they seem the roots of the vineyard

Superb job and outstanding presentation!

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 05:19 AM

Except for the carvings I think the round spindles make this piece.

-- Janice

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 05:53 AM

Outstanding! Love the craftsmanship and the teamwork! You both nailed this one. I would make another to sell unless it is too much work?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 09-30-2010 06:01 AM

That is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 09-30-2010 06:06 AM

there is a god

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 09-30-2010 06:12 AM

Wow that is really cool! Good job on it.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#11 posted 09-30-2010 06:22 AM

Fantastick toturial with a great picturebook to it
and outstanding teamwork

well done

take care
Dennis

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#12 posted 09-30-2010 07:04 AM

Awesome job, looks totally fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 09-30-2010 01:52 PM

This is a beautiful wine rack and I love the finish, the design, and the carvings. You did an excellent job on this project, not only in the design and execution of the whole project, but also in the presentation of it. It is one of my favorite blog posts that I have seen on LJ. Thanks for posting it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 09-30-2010 02:01 PM

I’ve carved off and on for many years but I never could get it to look this clean and I haven’t touched my carving tools in a couple of years, now, except for a few small Santa Clauses. However, you just don’t know how much seeing this makes me want to take my carving tools out of my drawers and try, try, try again until I can at least do some simple designs on furniture. Thanks for this blog page.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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