Wine cellar door for the neighbor

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Project by RajinCajun posted 07-27-2009 06:49 AM 1862 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I should have given more information the first time I put the pictures up, but it was late and I just slapped them up.
My next-door nbeighbor is a wine buyer for a major grocery chain. His house, like mine, has a daylight basement (about 800 sq ft) that was not finished when we bought our houses. When he decided to finish his basement he had someone cut through the concrete retaining wall that runs the width of the house, as shown in the sketchup drawing. He dug out the dirt and put in a floor and walls to crerate his wine cellar. The environment is perfect.
Because he wasn’t very clear about how big the hole should be…he had to have a custom door.
It was an interesting project, because of the 10” depth of the door opening. It made for a very impressive entry.
All red oak. Six week-ends of work done as a favor…!
BTW…I’ve never charged anyone for anything. They may pay for materials and supplies, but nothing else. I’ve done dozens of projects under this rule. You see: I already have a job. This is my HOBBY.

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

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 06:58 AM

Man, that’s what I call a GOOD friend!! I agree, you should have charged for this wonderful door! But, sometimes barter works out very well and I hope that your friend can return the favor in some manner.

I love the grate and the peek door. With the whole thing being red oak, it definitely took some time and effort to produce. Great job!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 07-27-2009 07:00 AM

that is a really fancy door … hope you had fun making it … I like it

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#3 posted 07-27-2009 07:08 AM


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#4 posted 07-27-2009 07:17 AM

very nice door.

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#5 posted 07-27-2009 07:28 AM

Great looking door…VERY impressive. Maybe since you spent SIX weeks of your time on it…your friend will give you a key to the “Wine Cellar”....sounds like a fair trade to me !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#6 posted 07-27-2009 08:03 AM

seriously excellent door…no one “mouse” will be stealing any wine if that is locked…

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#7 posted 07-27-2009 08:33 AM

very nice…must be some NIIIIICe wine behind that door…

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#8 posted 07-27-2009 08:45 AM

Very nice!! The neighbor must be really nice ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 07-27-2009 11:53 AM

Super Nice!

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#10 posted 07-27-2009 12:09 PM

Very impressive door and work! Perhapes some free wine would be in order? Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#11 posted 07-27-2009 12:58 PM

Geez, what kind of favor did you owe? For something that nice I hope your neighbor saved your life or something! ;)

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#12 posted 07-27-2009 01:28 PM

Nice door, since you did the work for free I believe a key to the wine cellar would be in order.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#13 posted 07-27-2009 01:42 PM

Not sure who I would prefer as my neighbour. I mean you made the door, and it is a great door. But your neighbour has the wine.
Should be more of it, the gift is in the giving.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#14 posted 07-27-2009 02:41 PM

Fantastic looking door, you are indeed a master crafts person. Keep up the excellent work.

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#15 posted 07-27-2009 02:59 PM

Thats a great looking door. Kind of looks like one of those old bank vault doors. Very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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