Wine Rack

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Project by RajinCajun posted 07-17-2009 09:36 PM 2264 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this wine rack for a charity auction. The wife really wanted me to keep it, even though we don’t drink wine!

The exterior of this unit is American Black Walnut, with a shellac finish.
The wine bottles are supported on cross braces of Curly Maple (Tiger Maple).
Approximate dimensions: 45” tall, 28” wide, 12” deep. The unit rests on ball casters.
Total capacity: 48 bottles. Seven horizontal rows, six bottles to each row; the top of the cabinet provides display space for an additional six bottles.

-- Its a HOBBY...I already have a job.

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 10:05 PM

Very nice looking wine rack. Did you have plans for this, or did you just sketch it out and then build it.


-- "Why don't you just buy one" says the wife about the current project.

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#2 posted 07-17-2009 10:07 PM

This is a beautiful wine rack and it also holds two cases of wine! YES! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 07-17-2009 11:15 PM

Great looking rack. The wood is beautiful.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 07-17-2009 11:29 PM

Thanks for the encouragement.
I tend to NOT sketch things before I build them. It causes problems, but its also part of the fun of my hobby.
The one thing I did work on ahead of time was the space to allow for each bottle of wine (4 1/2 inches), the diameter of the typical bottle (3 1/4 inches), and the distnace from front rail to back rail (8 1/2 inches on center)

-- Its a HOBBY...I already have a job.

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#5 posted 07-18-2009 05:01 AM

Congratulations on a fine looking wine rack. Any wine lover would be pleased to have this rack in their home. I especially like your use of the tiger maple on the rails. Did you use a router to create the bottle indents in the top? If so, how thick was the walnut slab you started with?

-- SteveL

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#6 posted 07-18-2009 05:03 AM

oooo nice job great wood and super disign.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 07-18-2009 05:45 AM

I used a Freud 99-214 French Provincial Raised Panel Router Bit. It has a 2 3/4” diameter cut and 30degrees bevel on the end. The trick is that it has no bearing, so I was able to set a stop on the router table and incrementally increase the depth of cut until I thought it was deep enough…about 5/8 was all it took. The Block on top was only 4/4 lumber.

-- Its a HOBBY...I already have a job.

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#8 posted 07-18-2009 05:12 PM

Wow..thats is a beautiful piece! Great job! I don’t blame your wife one bit…I would want to keep it too. I would love to do a full sketchup model/plans of this piece if you are interested…you could just give me some dimensions..I would make the model available free to the Lumberjock community with you credited as the designer…IM me if you are interested…I really want to build one of these! I love the tiger maple/walnut combo… Really beautiful job!


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#9 posted 02-25-2010 09:25 PM

Great looking wine rack! And that says something about how much your wife likes your work if she wants to keep it and there’s no use for it in your house.

Usually when you purchase these from someone, they’re just made of pine, so this is quite a step up!

One correction to Kindlingmaker’s comment about the quantity this holds. This rack will actually hold 4-cases of wine, plus 6-bottles on top, for a total of 4.5-cases of wine (not 2-cases, as suggested above).

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 06-08-2012 02:31 AM

This is very nice. I’m glad you told me about the top, cuz, I was wondering how to pour a glass o wine on there….that’da been fun…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 06-08-2012 02:49 AM

Love the top, nice to display your fine bottles!

-- Michael and Matthew

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