QSWO Wine Tower

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Project by NBeener posted 11-11-2010 08:27 PM 2097 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend is turning 30.

Her husband was the insider, in helping me figure out what she would want for this momentous occasion.

What he doesn’t know ….

They both moved to The Big City, have (mostly) scrapped their real jobs, and gone back to Starving Student mode, to pursue their PhDs.

This gift is for both of them, and will be presented on the occasion of her 30th birthday.

So … double surprise ;-)

Quarter-sawn White Oak. Waterlox finish.

I went with those “backer” pieces as cheap insurance that the wine bottles would stay roughly parallel to the ground, and NOT slip. Works well.

Now that I see the pics, I notice a tiny piece of tearout got by me, and is hanging off of one of those pieces ;-)

It’ll get a couple more coats of Waterlox, over the next few days, but … this is the look of the final project.

This thing …. is responsible for more gray hairs than anything else I’ve built.

Darned if I know why.

I simply think I put my patience aside too often, which—as we all know—led to mistakes and sloppy work. It’s classically imperfect, but … I’ve come to lean on that expression: “The Touch of The Artist’s Hand”

Sounds a whole lot better than “screw-up” LOL !

Live and learn :-)

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 08:36 PM

So the neck of the bottle goes into the hole and the body of the bottle hangs on the outside of the tower, right? I haven’t seen one like that before. Then I guess they can put glassware or decorative items on the shelves themselves.

Just make sure to warn them about the potential for tipping if they load one side more than the other, since the weight of the bottles will be on the outside of the supporting area (if I understand your design correctly).

The internalized neck supports are a great design addition and should help in both longevity and holding ability of the piece. Great addition there.

Cool project for sure!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 08:40 PM

You do understand the concept, Jonathan, and thanks for the kind words.

Yeah: this project should almost come with an owner’s manual ! Luckily, he’s an engineer, so … he’s probably already running a load calc spreadsheet, or something, but … you’re right about the potential risks.

Realistically, I should buy the requisite 20 bottles of wine (no reason NOT to !), and—when the finish is all dry—find out what kind of tippy it is, so I can let him know.

And … yeah … glassware, corkscrews, and even larger (than standard 750ml) bottles on the interior shelves.

Thanks again !

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 08:46 PM

OK Neil, I’m going to give you two atta boys. One for the project and one for: If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance; baffle ‘em with BS. (The touch of the artist hand) I love it. Rand

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 08:47 PM

Hello NBeener

I agree with Jonathan, your friend will be careful because we can’t accept that He can break a bottle of wine !!!!!

An original project

Have a nice day

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 08:53 PM

well i really love it…love the wood…you picked a nice bunch of oak…and the whole thing says nice job…quite being so hard on yourself…this is a nice project..slowly…your catching up to me…lol….i think i have 44 projects…and im slowing down…so give yourself a few months…you will pass me up….congrats and a bow…grizz a p.s. love the water lox finish…looks really nice…....i better pass rand up..ive got three thumbs up…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 09:04 PM

Hey Grizz, wanna start an auction?.......4 atta boys.

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 09:52 PM

Nice project Neil, and a great surprise too!

and those dado joints even look good too! just kidding… I know that’s a sore topic.

Favorite File for this one. I love the unusual disign.


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#8 posted 11-11-2010 10:07 PM

oh is there a dado sore point….....nothing that 7 degree’s wouldn’t fix …hush my mouth…......i think its better straight…...not like a leaning tower of pizza…….....more Americana… five thumbs six thumbs seven thumbs a dollar…cut off one thumb and watch rand holler…......

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 10:15 PM

Perfection is overrated, little imperfections make things unique and special. Nice job, hope you didn’t pull out all your hair on this one!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#10 posted 11-11-2010 10:22 PM

Nice Cabinet !!! Once I start screwing up I start hating the project more & More !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 11-11-2010 10:28 PM

came out really nice. that QS has some nice figure to it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 11-11-2010 10:53 PM

Nice looking piece. In medieval times, you would have been in great demand to build multi-level stocks… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Jamie Speirs

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#13 posted 11-11-2010 11:07 PM

Neil that looks great.

A clever design.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 11-11-2010 11:08 PM

Job done, and you made a good job.
Some people will be really happy!
What is important are to keep the focus ahead – even I made a mistake once, no twice I think (a day, at least)...
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 11-11-2010 11:19 PM

Nice looking cabinet, Neil.

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