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Prototype Wine & Glasses Rack

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Project by Paul Bucalo posted 01-07-2015 02:24 AM 1295 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished a prototype build of a wine bottle and glasses rack. The incentive for my design came from an Instructables build by foradoescritorio:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Wine-rack-for-a-bottle-and-2-cups-out-of-pallet/

Lumber used started out as ~ 5/8” pallet wood run through the thickness planer to get a smooth-faced 1/2”. Edges were left rough for effect. I created this ad hoc: trial, fit and error. The following pictures are of the completed rack less sanding and finish. A lot of mistakes were made, so there isn’t any doubt that this will be used in our house and not become a template for future builds.

I went with two scenarios on usage. The first is to use three wine glasses. All three slots are identical. The second scenario I like better, where a mechanical cork remover hangs in the middle slot. I would need to change the size and shape of the middle slot accordingly.

Next prototype: for visual balance, make the wine bottle holder much smaller, moving it to the left so that the wine bottle is centered against the backboards. This would only work if I use the center slot for the cork remover, or remove the slot altogether and add a hanger beneath the shelf where the wine bottle holder meets it.

Now all I have to do is decide on a finish. Should I go dark, natural, wipe off paint wash or distressed paint finish?

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA





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Radu

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 03:29 AM

Paul, thanks for sharing. I’ve been messing around with wine racks / displays. I keep saying that I have a wine problem. Recently I started using pallet wood too. I do not plane or clean the wood too much. I just give it a light sanding either by hand or with the ROS. Then a light stain and a protective coat and call it good. It looks like nowadays people like the rustic look more than the modern one. I’ve got two going on right now but I do not get too much shop time these days. I’ll post some pics when I’m done.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 02:15 PM

Definitely need to center the bottle like example on the link. Just angle the cross brace more drastically like they did.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 06:32 PM

Paul, it is nice to see that you are making time for projects like this, it must mean your dungeon/shop is functional enough to play a little :-).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 01-07-2015 07:19 PM



Paul, thanks for sharing. I ve been messing around with wine racks / displays. I keep saying that I have a wine problem. Recently I started using pallet wood too. I do not plane or clean the wood too much. I just give it a light sanding either by hand or with the ROS. Then a light stain and a protective coat and call it good. It looks like nowadays people like the rustic look more than the modern one. I ve got two going on right now but I do not get too much shop time these days. I ll post some pics when I m done.

- Radu

The thanks are all mine. I appreciate your reading this and commenting.

I have some really heavily weathered—no kidding, black—pallet wood that I have been holding for a true rustic, weathered look. That wood will get a heavy steel brushing and light sanding to remove dirt and filth before incorporating into those projects. I will also use my rough cut hand saw and the nails I have pulled out of pallets for the look. This project I wanted to see where I could go with milling the lumber. I have future plans that will need to be able to refine the wood for finished work. Call this one a hybrid, if you will; tamed wilderness. ;)

I look forward to seeing your projects. I hope you have them in your profile, and if not will add them eventually.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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Paul Bucalo

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 07:26 PM



Definitely need to center the bottle like example on the link. Just angle the cross brace more drastically like they did.

- ohwoodeye

A future version will have just that. I purposely avoided a centered position, as well as following the original Instructable to the “T”. While I can’t say I don’t like the original—I did base my project based on it—I’m not thrilled with it’s extremely rustic look and thick, blocky glasses rack. As mentioned in a previous comment, I wanted something less rustic. At any rate, I will make the next prototype with a centered bottle, reverting to my choice of rack for the glasses.

Since posting the pics I have made additional modifications that work well with the offset. I will post pics once I have completed and finished the wine rack.

Thanks for the comment. Appreciated!

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 07:30 PM



Paul, it is nice to see that you are making time for projects like this, it must mean your dungeon/shop is functional enough to play a little :-).

- luv2learn

Heh. The dungeon is still a mess. But yes, I do have enough happening down there to get some work done. Basically, I felt like the impatient buzzard waiting for his meal to die already, deciding not to wait no longer. ;) I figure if I can interject small projects in between the construction of the workshop I will not get so frustrated and lose momentum. I think it is working.

I’ve been away from here during the holidays. I need to buzz by your profile and catch up with your latest posts. Thanks for checking on my progress. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#7 posted 01-08-2015 12:00 PM

Paul, Looks like a good design in the making. Try and fit is one of my favorite ways to do projects. Look forward to seeing version 2.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 01-09-2015 01:09 PM



Paul, Looks like a good design in the making. Try and fit is one of my favorite ways to do projects. Look forward to seeing version 2.

CtL

- clieb91

Thanks!

I’m old school—part of the creative process I enjoy most, like being an artist instead of a draftsman—but I will be learning to use SketchUp soon. Then I’ll probably be saying I can’t believe I used to do things this way. ;)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#9 posted 01-09-2015 01:09 PM

  • Update **

I have made some modifications to what you see here. The completed project will hold 6 glasses and a mechanical cork remover. It will attach to the wall using a French cleat.The Finish will be Kona, a shade lighter than Ebony. I should be able to post pictures of the completed rack by the end of this week or shortly after.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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