What to do with wine corks!

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Project by Ken90712 posted 01-18-2011 01:50 AM 8289 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well all my family and friends know I have a shop. It seems, we all drink wine… LOL I made one Oak and Black Walnut.

Once they see this hanging in our bar, they have to have one. I tell them all the same thing, save your corks and bring them over. These are 17” x 17” outside dimension. The frame I make is anywhere from 2” to 3” inches wide. It takes over 110 corks for one *

I buy the brass corners at the big box store or sometimes spline and router the frames depending on how much time I have while my other projects are in glue up or drying with finish.

Not a hard or complicated project I know, more like a filler project for friends. They all love them and that is what counts, the smiles.

Oh Darn, I almost forgot Blondie get all the credit for gluing them into place once I’m done or they would never look that good :>)*

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 01:56 AM

Very nice. Looks like your family just used this as an excuse to drink more wine. lol. Either way, it looks great.

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 02:16 AM

Great gifts, Ken.

They’re even more fun when you get to empty the bottles yourself ;^)


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

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 03:29 AM

Ken, do you cut a bit off the back of the corks to allow for a more solid and flat glue surface? Do you just use Titebond, or something similar?

I’m in the middle of making a larger one of these (20”x30”) outside diameter and will probably run all the corks through the bandsaw, or at least the belt sander. I found on the cork trivet I made, that cutting a bit off the back provided me with a flat surface for glue-up.

I’ve got bags full of corks in the basement so I’ll probably make a few more trivets and maybe a couple more cork message boards.

-- 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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#4 posted 01-18-2011 04:00 AM

That’s a lot of wine… down the hatch! :) :)

Good idea! Very good designs!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 04:58 AM

What are the ideal dimensions inside for the corks to fit well?

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 05:48 AM

Wow great job, excellent Idea. Superb workmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 05:57 AM

Very cool. SMART!!! What are the precise id dims. That is a really cool idea.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 06:29 AM

Mark, unfortunately there is no “standard” size for corks, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all… it depends on the corks you have on-hand, unless all of your corks are from the same bottles.

-- 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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#9 posted 01-18-2011 02:23 PM

Ken, these are pretty cool projects. But I am glad you let your wife handle the glue ups. Like you, I am sure I would have the patience to tackle it. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 01-18-2011 03:14 PM

Good project Ken. Good use of the cork; displaying your craftsmanship is always a nice addition to the deco.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 04:28 PM

Thx everyone for the kind words. I think the inside Dims were about 13 1/2. I’ll ck when I get home. I have found if you use 3/4 stock the corks sit a little proud giving it a nice effect. I did cut a batch of corks in 1/2 on the band-saw one time due you making the frame to thin. Not worth the effort. When my wife glues them she uses a hot glue stick from an arts and craft store as it drys real quick. It takes some playing with before you glue to look for the best pattern and lay-out is why I have her do it. LOL

I also never mentioned I rabbet a 3/8×3/8 on the back for the 1/4 inch hard board to be epoxied in I have found putting the rough side in helps with glue up as well.

Hope this helps. Feel free to email me if you have more questions

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 11:53 PM

Very nice.
I have to start saving the corks when Caro and I are enjoying wine in Paris…
Best thoughts,

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

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#13 posted 01-20-2011 05:28 AM

I did not know wine had corks…....Mine comes out of a box LOL

Nice work, very inventive.

-- Rob V

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#14 posted 01-20-2011 02:26 PM

Great idea for the display. The box wine..hmmm.. now if it were a wooden box…...

Next up..the screw cap display ! And I realy should hunt through the files here and review the BEER cap far my collection’s a bunch mounted with magnets on the dust hood..not too great a display.. ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#15 posted 03-24-2011 01:51 AM

I’ve seen this done with corks on end. Very effective.
My wife builds bird houses with corks + wood roof. She loves usung the nail gun! And I’m happy to keep her supplied with corks.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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