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Bookshelf Wine Rack for Bottles Large and Small

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Project by Jim Bertelson posted 11-11-2017 06:21 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this wine rack about a year ago for our vacation home. It sits within a book shelf that is built in to the end of the kitchen island. It is a typical lattice construction wine rack, but the dimensions have been adjusted so that each slot will hold the three most common wine bottles, including 375 ml (Demi), 750 ml (Standard), and 1.5 L (Magnum).

The wood is clear radiata pine finished with water based rattle can Minwax Polycrylic Clear Satin This gives it a color very similar to the maple floor, but contrasting with the bookshelf and island made of natural cherry. I chose the pine for cost and workability. I did not think I could accurately match the cherry in any case, so a contrast seemed appropriate.

Construction was glue and brads using a nail gun, pretty standard for lattice racks, I believe. I made a jig to assemble each of the vertical sections, and then affixed them to the side to side horizontal pieces. The end grain of the middle pieces is trimmed out with a thin piece of pine just for appearance. The edges of all pieces were sanded to prevent splintering.

Using the rack has not caused any signs of wear or revealed any issues.

I have included a picture of the Sketchup drawing that includes dimensions. By using these dimensions, the three different bottle types are well supported. The pine is standard 3/4” stock from HD ripped to appropriate width. The pieces are all 3/4” x 3/4” in cross section except for the verticals that are 2” wide.

The depth was determined by the depth of the bookcase. 1.5 L bottles project 3/4” beyond the rack, so if you decide to make a rack you might make it slightly deeper. The bottles do not project beyond the bookcase because of the trim piece.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska





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Manitario

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#1 posted 11-11-2017 06:51 PM

Jim! Nice to see you back in action. Wine rack looks great, like the contrast between the pine and cherry.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#2 posted 11-11-2017 06:55 PM

the doc is in

glad to see you enjoying some fun projects again jim

nice rack (pun intended)

keep it up (pun intended too)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-11-2017 08:09 PM

Perfect combination – good book along with good wine!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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lew

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#4 posted 11-11-2017 08:11 PM

Dang, David took all my smart remarks 8^) !

Really nice project. I agree with the contrast vs. matching. I think it makes for a more interesting build. I see you’ve been honing your Sketchup skills as well!

Retirement seems to suit you but I wonder if you miss the hectic pace.

I see by the weather maps that winter in already in full swing up your way.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 11-11-2017 08:23 PM

Manitario
Doesn’t have the finesse of some of your projects but it does work well. Thanks for the view. Down here in La Conner Washington at our vacation home, and it happens that is where this wine rack resides. Definitely warmer than Anchorage. 47 deg here, 19 deg back in Anchorage.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 11-11-2017 08:27 PM

Patron
If I am industrious, a few more projects should come out over the next week. I have been delinquent in posting, partly because I was too busy. Was refinishing furniture and even built a cheap pine dining room table for my stepdaughter’s new house. She is developmentally disabled, so an agency takes care of her and another similar client in the house. We own the house to stabilize and control her situation some.

I’ll keep my chin up as I admire myself in the bathroom mirror in the morning… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 11-11-2017 08:35 PM

Ivan
Thanks for stopping by. We were just using that book this morning to identify some birds my wife and a friend had seen out in the San Juan Islands this week. They were meadowlarks, it turns out.

Definitely too much wine in the rack, I’ll have to busy at that, while I try to catch up with my posting… (-:

I would like to get to Croatia some day. Don’t have anything scheduled for Europe any time soon, but maybe in a few years when my wife retires (she is younger than I am)

My shop here at the vacation home is like yours. Everything on wheels so the shop can come out when the car is out.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 11-11-2017 08:44 PM

Lew
Yes, winter is in full swing up in Anchorage. When we got here in La Conner there was a dusting of snow on the ground, but it quickly melted and is now 47 deg.

It took me over a year, but my metabolism and brain finely slowed down and let me be lazy and inefficient. I am now refining those attributes! No, I don’t miss that hectic pace.

I am in the middle of beefing up my work bench here. put another layer of plywood on it, and i am installing a wood vise. It is a solid core door I bought for the purpose and just put a layer of 1/2” ply on one side. For a number of years it just sat on plastic saw horses. I flipped it over, so the top is now the bottom, and put a layer of 3/4” birch ply on it, and edged it with pine. Still working on the vise installation that I am trying to do the flush way, which involves a lot more work.

I have a few more projects to post, so will try to get at it…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 11-11-2017 09:11 PM

Hey Jim… nice bit of work there…simple but elegant at the same time…hope you find time to finish those few more projects…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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#10 posted 11-11-2017 10:25 PM

Awesome space saving idea!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com, YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoa-AgyeFWqnQfGIJwdzkog

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#11 posted 11-11-2017 10:54 PM

as we age jim

i find looking into the mirror
only tells me what is behind me

so i have turned them all around
so i can see what is before me better

it helps to guide into the future

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 11-11-2017 11:38 PM

Hey Jim!

That is really a COOL unusual wine rack…

Great design!

Good use of sketchup too!! I have to learn more about it and PRACTICE so I can remember what I learn! :)

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Woodwrecker

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#13 posted 11-11-2017 11:54 PM

Where the hell have you been?
First project in 16 months?

I’ve got to admit though it came out nice.

Now get back in the shop and don’t make us wait so long for the next presentation.
I’m not getting any younger.

(All kidding aside. It’s nice to see something from you my friend. I hope you & your family are doing good.)

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#14 posted 11-12-2017 04:32 PM

Jim, this is a great idea for a project and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 11-12-2017 06:11 PM

Larry
Slowly cranking out the postings, Larry, trying to adopt your Lazy Larry posture… (-:

The rack sits fairly tight in the space. I wedged some small pieces of pine behind it and now it feels and acts like it is fastened in place. Really works well.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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