OSB (Flakeboard) & Solid Cherry Wine Racks

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-02-2012 02:35 AM 3593 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK – so normally we all don’t go around working in OSB. This was a rare case; we got a commission in OSB. Yes a commission specifically requiring the use of OSB for a hand crafted wine rack? ... you read that right!

Why? – Well our client is a major manufacturer of OSB; they made a very limited run of a colorful strand board and decided to use some of it as retirement gifts for a few board members. This was a circa 2007 project. I thought about it cause I got an accidental check from the client last week, that confused us so we checked in to ask what we were supposed to do with it. No project unfortunately, but it brought up a fond memory of working in OSB! I figured I would share it.

We designed wine racks using the colorful flaked OSB, having the faces cut perfectly with a friends CNC machine. He also cut out the solid cherry (YES Solid cherry) rings lining each of the holes. I would never want to try this with just a router, it would take a year! Getting those rings right took a little effort, a little is of course sarcastic. They are set like bearings, two layers with a face and an inside ring to they perfectly fit and mold around the edge for a neat look.

The rest was a standard cherry frame actually mortise and tenon construction with a grove set to let each of the panels inset like a chest assembly. The materials if I remember right was 1/2”.

We were pleasantly surprised how nice the pieces actually finished. Believe it or not we just soaked in Waterlox tung oil until it stopped sponging it in. The finish built up nicely, it just took about 10-15 coats to work!

Just comes to prove once again, that almost any material can be turned into something of value and something functional if it’s employed creatively. As much as we obsess over solid wood, well … it just happens we stepped away from that a few times for just a few minutes!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-02-2012 03:16 AM

Interesting, that is something you don’t see everyday.

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#2 posted 04-02-2012 03:48 AM

Pretty cool. nice use of the materials.

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#3 posted 04-02-2012 06:32 AM

Really nice! That is some really cool colored OSB

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#4 posted 04-02-2012 01:10 PM

Very Nice.

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#5 posted 04-02-2012 02:10 PM

Very nice and interesting.

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

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#6 posted 04-03-2012 01:27 AM

the “OSB” with “Cherry” grabbed my attention

i’m glad it did


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 04-03-2012 01:28 AM

you dont mind if I borrow the concept, tweek it

and go with it do u?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#8 posted 04-03-2012 03:45 AM

Go for it!

Yeah I figured OSB / Cherry would stop people long enough to check it out. We never know what kinda project is going to come in next!


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#9 posted 04-03-2012 04:01 AM

I”ll take a glass of Sharaz, please!

-- Harold

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#10 posted 04-03-2012 02:32 PM

Very interesting combination of materials. The OSB has a very distinctive look.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

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#11 posted 04-03-2012 02:43 PM

Very nice. Extremely “out of the box”. As pictured, the OSB looks like granite or marble.
Did you cash the extra check?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 04-13-2012 07:28 AM

No – we sent it back on it’s way … they always eventually figure it out!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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