Wine Cellar

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Project by pete79 posted 11-23-2009 02:18 AM 2195 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 02:24 AM

Nice work!

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 02:24 AM

Really nice!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 06:48 AM

Cool wine rack well done.

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 08:02 AM

Nice wine rack. Cheers!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#5 posted 11-23-2009 06:24 PM

Looks great and well stocked.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 11-23-2009 09:52 PM


I really like the varied display options. Meaning, the bottle slots on top, the slanted bottles in the middle, and the diamond shaped bins below. It really breaks up the display and allows your father-in-law to show off some of his collection. Very nice design.

-- Homers / Murphy, TX

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#7 posted 11-23-2009 11:47 PM

Looks great. Where did you find the plans,like Homers I really like the rack lay-out.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 12:09 AM

Thanks for the comments. I came up with the design myself after looking at a lot of modular racks available for purchase. I designed this one to fit the room in AutoCAD. I can send copies of the plans if anyone wants them.

-- Life is a one lap race.

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