|Project by pete79||posted 11-23-2009 02:18 AM||1801 views||13 times favorited||8 comments|
Well here it is at last!!! My toybox was my first completed project, but this was the first one I ever started. This was a 60th birthday present to my father-in-law from my wife and I, and her brother for her parent’s new condo. When I volunteered to make this, I thought “no problem”. Ten months later, it was finished. The actual building of the rack wasn’t terribly difficult with some careful preparation – I designed the entire thing in AutoCAD, printed a materials list and went for it.
The rack itself is constructed of #2 grade pine (to match the rustic feel of the rest of the place), and then finished with 4 coats of Amber Shellac. Since this won’t get a lot of traffic other than taking out the bottles we drink, I figured a real durable finish wasn’t terribly necessary.
I also had to paint the room and tile the floor as well. We used natural tumbled stone tile and put in a threshold that matched the rack itself. I also installed the door, which came unfinished from the store, so that is finished in amber shellac, and a coat of wax.
Two things I learned on this endeavor:
1. Not the best idea to base your design on measurements taken with only the wall studs in and no drywall. I did this before the builder was done drywalling this room, and I figured thinner drywall than he used. I ended up not being able to turn the rack once it was in the room, and had to shave about 1/4” off the back corner to get it to turn so it would fit in the room. I got lucky on that one.
2. When building a project such as this where the final destination for it is 4 hours away, don’t take it there before you finish it. In theory this was a good idea that would give me an unfinished basement and lots of room to do the final sanding and apply the finish. In reality this added about 4 months to the project since I could only work on it a couple days here and there when we’d go up for the weekend.
The rack holds approximately 100 bottles, and the father-in-law had a stash growing waiting for this to be ready. It took about 5 minutes before he had it half filled.
-- Life is a one lap race.