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Project by PDK posted 12-02-2016 05:28 PM 1203 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed a solution for our two mini wine refrigerators and the gaggle of wine bottles that seemed to constantly surround the units, so I came up with this. It was really two projects: a wine storage unit with a “work area” (lower component); and a wine glass holder with accessory drawers (upper component). There were several advantages to constructing it this way, but mainly it was to keep straight the placement of multiple dados and to allow the replacement of the zebrawood counter top should it ever become damaged during some “rager” at our house (it can be changed out with the removal of 4 pocket screws).

The construction was pretty straightforward and combined 3 woods: domestic walnut, maple and zebrawood. I added LED strip lighting at the back of the upper unit to prevent intoxicated guests from smashing it to bits. Truth is, however, that the hardwood construction could survive at Cat 2 hurricane. I re-sawed a piece of 3/4” zebrawood for the door panels hoping to get a book matched look, but the somewhat chaotic placement of veins in the wood rendered this exercise pointless – but it still looks respectable IMO.

The side and rear panels were done in 1/2” maple. I ripped the board into 1 7/8” strips, used a 45-degree chamfer bit on the edges, glued the sides, and installed a couple of stiffeners on the top and bottom of the backside to keep everything flat and straight.

The inlays on the walnut posts were done with maple and zebrawood just because. I used a shutter bead router bit for the detail on the post edges. I had the option of rounding or using the beading bit – I chose the later. The bronze wine bottle cabinet knobs were a last minute change to the line-up – incorporated so users won’t be confused about the purpose of the cabinet.

Full extension pullout drawers are walnut and maple with half-blind dovetail joinery (not sure if that shows up in the photos). I rounded them off afterwards with a 1/4 round bit just because. Given that the drawers are at eye level with most people between 5’ 2” and 5’-6”, I chose to cut out a piece of the front drawer so a person can see what’s in the drawer.

Finished with clear seal and a few coats of wipe-on poly just because. Thanks for reading.

-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.





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tnwood

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#1 posted 12-02-2016 08:07 PM

Nicely done. I’ve been thinking about a similar one but couldn’t decide on a design. Is the back of the lower unit open for ventilation of the coolers? I like the look of the drawer behind the door in the upper cabinet but I’m not sure whether it is overkill. In any case, I like it and will think about incorporating some of the ideas into mine (if I every get around to it).

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pottz

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#2 posted 12-02-2016 10:51 PM

very nice work as a wine drinker i can really appreciate this piece.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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PDK

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#3 posted 12-02-2016 11:00 PM

tnwood – the back of the storage unit is open for ventilation. Also, there’s about 2.5” of headroom behind the front (top) walnut support/straight. I thought about putting the drawers lower, but I wanted the counter top height to be a couple inches lower than a standard kitchen cabinet for additional leverage in opening challenging wine bottles. It has been successfully tested.

-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.

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Mean_Dean

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#4 posted 12-02-2016 11:28 PM

Very nice looking wine cabinet—I’m sure you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 12-02-2016 11:48 PM

Awesome … a very professional job! You should be quite proud of yourself. The combination of the three woods is striking. If you wouldn’t mind, please share your thought process for putting the drawers behind the doors versus having drawer fronts … this is interesting. Again, great work!

PS – I just love Cecil’s Stairs!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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PDK

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#6 posted 12-03-2016 12:59 AM

Ron Aylor – thanks for the kind words. The thought process for putting the drawers behind the doors was largely attributable to the fact that I cut out a sizable portion of the drawer fronts (I think this is in one of the posted photos) so people (mainly my wife who’s 5’-5”) can see into the drawer and pull out whatever accessory (bottle top, corkscrew, bottle opener, etc.). With a full door front, people wouldn’t have the same sight line and would have to route around looking for accessories. So I tried to make the accessories portion more user friendly. The other option was to keep them as lighted shelves, but I thought this would make the accessories less accessible.

Regarding “Cecil’s Stairs” – they are going strong. Unfortunately, Cecil is not – he passed about a year ago. We put a small commemorative plaque next to the stairs (that says “Cecil’s Stairs 1998-2015”) and our other 3 cats utilize them religiously.

-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 12-03-2016 02:46 PM

It’s a beautiful cabinet and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 12-03-2016 03:05 PM



Ron Aylor – thanks for the kind words. The thought process for putting the drawers behind the doors was largely attributable to the fact that I cut out a sizable portion of the drawer fronts (I think this is in one of the posted photos) so people (mainly my wife who s 5 -5”) can see into the drawer and pull out whatever accessory (bottle top, corkscrew, bottle opener, etc.). With a full door front, people wouldn t have the same sight line and would have to route around looking for accessories. So I tried to make the accessories portion more user friendly. The other option was to keep them as lighted shelves, but I thought this would make the accessories less accessible.

Regarding “Cecil s Stairs” – they are going strong. Unfortunately, Cecil is not – he passed about a year ago. We put a small commemorative plaque next to the stairs (that says “Cecil s Stairs 1998-2015”) and our other 3 cats utilize them religiously.

- PDK

PDK – Thanks for the reply. Looks like you came up with a workable fix for the vertically challenged. Good job!

Sorry to hear about Cecil. My wife and I currently have four indoor beasts; all rescues, ranging in age from five to 17 years old. I use the word currently because we are suckers for cats! You know how it is. Sorry to derail your Wine Cabinet project with talk of cats!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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david38

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#9 posted 12-03-2016 03:05 PM

looks great

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