Ambrosia Maple Wine Racks & Cheese Boards

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Project by JayG46 posted 444 days ago 1807 views 22 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first post at Lumber Jocks. It seemed like all the woodworking questions I typed into Google brought me here and I have spent the last couple weeks since I joined admiring the work that people post on the site. With Mother’s Day around the corner, I decided to make these racks and boards and thought that it would be a good first entree into the LJ community.

The cheese boards are bookmatched end grain, which I think turned out pretty dramatic with all of the fungus stains in the ambrosia maple.The holes for the racks were cut with a 1 5/16” Fornster bit and rounded over with a 1/4 bit on the front to show a 3D perspective of the figure. I cut a 3/4” dado at 35 degrees to mount the racks to the bases, which are made of strips glued together to increase the depth and strength of the dado slot. The racks can accommodate 8 bottles. They are not glued so they could be packed in a suitcase and fit tightly enough that I don’t think they have to be.

I finished all the pieces with a diluted General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish (a la the Wood Whisperer) and two coats of a mineral oil and beeswax mixture I concocted at home. If I had to do it over, I would have probably used mineral oil instead of salad bowl finish to keep the color more natural but I’m still pleased with the result. Hopefully Mom is too.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#1 posted 444 days ago

Those wine racks are sweet! I do some on the same principle, but the bottles are horizontal. I may try one or two of these….take up very little counter space. BTW, how is that “CHEAP WHITE WINE”?

-- Tony, Colorado,

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#2 posted 444 days ago

These are all very attractive. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 444 days ago

Great looking boards.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 444 days ago

Nice work, sure Mom will be pleased… Love the character of the wood used… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#5 posted 444 days ago

Thanks guys.

Tony, the “cheap wines” are just a decorative piece at my uncle’s house, I can’t say that I’ve sampled.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#6 posted 444 days ago

Welcome to LJs thanks for sharing hole sizes and angles too. Great pieces to start with look forward to seeing more.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#7 posted 444 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Nice first contribution. Based on comments and having been favorited a number of times I believe several of your new brethren (including me) will be paying you a compliment by imitating your design.

Would you mind sharing the spacing distance between rows. That’ll save us a bit of trial and error. : )



-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#8 posted 443 days ago

Chopper – Thanks for the kind words.

I made a template out of MDF by trial and error so I don’t know the distance between the holes off hand. Next time I’m over at the shop I will measure them and post the results here. For what it’s worth, they might be just a little too close together right now because I had a wider bottle in there and it was rubbing up against an adjacent one a bit.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#9 posted 443 days ago

very nice! I love that wine rack.

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#10 posted 442 days ago

Chopper, I have the measurements for you.

The rack is 6.5 inches wide and 19 inches long. The base is obviously the same width but the length of that is flexible as is the location of the dado groove.

The middle of the first hole is five inches from the bottom of the board, the middle of the next hole is four inches from that, and so on. The middle of each hole is 1 5/8” from the edge.

Obviously, this is isn’t the gold standard or anything. In the future, I’ll probably bump the total width out to 7” and go to 4 1/4 between holes, just for a little more breathing room.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#11 posted 441 days ago

Hi Jay … Those are beautiful Mother’s Day gifts. Nothing says “I love you” more than hand-made!! Awesome workshop in the background too :). Thanks for commenting on my wine box (we seem to have the same tastes LOL!) Great getting to know my new buddy, and looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 439 days ago

Very nice introduction project, welcome to LJ’s. I very much like the grain and look of the cheese boards, they are great.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#13 posted 20 days ago

awesome work!i really like the boards!

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