|Project by j_c||posted 05-30-2012 09:20 PM||5537 views||8 times favorited||9 comments|
This is a display stand I made for a friend who runs a business importing Croatian wines. Not your most well known wine region, but well worth trying!
The stand is for use at trade shows, and holds six bottles (ie half a case). The wood is Sapele, finished with Danish oil. The dodgy inlay (the Croatian crest) is Walnut and Obeche. As far as the joinery – apart from the obvious dovetails, I used beech ply for the base, which I slotted into a routed groove along the inside of the four sides of the piece. The five pieces that divide the bottles of wine were fixed into place with dowels. The dovetails were cut by hand (and it shows!), and the pieces were sawn and planed by hand. I confess I cheated with the routing for the base board, and used a handheld router. I also used a sander with 400 grit to smooth the piece down before applying the finish.
This was the first time I tried both dovetails and inlay, aside from two small experiments before I started. Before starting, I thought “how hard can it be!?” Well, it turns out the answer is ’Harder than it looks!’ This is also my first proper project – having only made chopping boards previously! There are many flaws, particularly with the top part of the inlay, but I feel I learned a lot, and I had fun!
PS, sorry about the dodgy phone photos!