Wine Racks

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Project by Grantman posted 09-11-2012 02:50 AM 2087 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last winter, a good friend asked me to build wine racks for the store he was planning on opening. I was floored. Never had I ever envisioned building anything of this scope. I wasn’t sure I could do it, not with a full time job and no crew. But he persisted by saying, “Hey, I gotta pay someone to do this and it might as well be you.” Who was I to argue?

I had to figure out how to make the construction solid and efficient. Once I did that and drew up the plans, I found a local cabinet shop to cut the plywood for me and deliver it to the job site. Asking my buddy at the local Modern Woodworker's Association (plug!) for any recommendations on labor, I commandeered my son, a buddy, and the carpenter recommended by High Rock Woodworking (same guy, just a different plug.) We built the racks and checkout counter in three days, including cutting the counter shorter by 6” after it was already constructed.

Each opening in the rack is 19” x 19” x 19”. Three racks on each wall, each rack is 10’ long x 9’ high x 19” deep. Two racks down the center of the store, each is 40” wide x 60” high x 12’ long.

It then took me three more days to stain them with other hired help. Rolling the stain proved too slow so I bought a sprayer. Unfortunately, it was not an HVLP set up and I had the atomization all over the place. I had to pay to have the walls and ceiling repainted. The floors were covered but as the protection I put down was scraped up in places, I had atomization there, too. Thank the good Lord that my buddy chose a Chinese import that had a water-based UV cured finish. A little bit of mineral spirits and, voila! All the stain was off the floor. I was lucky as all get out as there was no way to re-do the floor without doing the whole job completely over. Y’all have no idea of pure panic until you think you have to pay for new shelves and a new floor.

But it all turned out fine and it’s the best wine store in northeast Atlanta.

Birch ply. Poplar cleats. Titebond II.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 09:42 AM

I have felt some similar panic. You did a great job. This does look like a place for a LJ’s get together :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 01:32 PM

big project… hope you got a bottle of wine out of the deal.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 05:43 PM

Beautiful work!
I always thought that wine was to be stored so the wine kept the cork wet. If you have screw-on caps, it’s not a good wine, I’ve been told. ;)

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 05:40 PM

Nice to have good friends who like your work. That also have money…lol!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 10:13 AM

Very nice work.It looks brilliant.
Storing wines is crucial to keeping wines flavor and letting it age to perfection, wine racks are an ideal way to store wines for long durations. Wine should be stored in a cool, slightly humid, and dark place.Thanks.

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