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Project by KnickKnack posted 08-23-2013 10:43 AM 2363 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I apologise that this isn’t “haut woodwork”, but it’s a functional wine rack that’s pretty easy to make, and someone may find something in it of interest.
I’m often green with envy when I see those “reclaimed palette wood” projects people make – in my part of the world I’m lucky to find anything useable that isn’t riddled with worm, or rot, or something. This wood is pine and is full of drill holes.
But I badly needed another wine rack, and I wasn’t sure how this design was going to look, or whether it would be strong enough, so I thought I’d make it on the “cheap and cheerful” and, if necessary, call it “prototype”.
It takes 32 bottles, or 52 if you “double-stack” as shown on shelf 2 (from the bottom). I deliberately made the shelf spacing extra wide so I could see the labels without having to move the bottles. And also so I could double-stack if required.
There’s an obvious nod in the direction of Rietveld in terms of joinery, as there often is in my work.
I had intended to put strip lights between the 2 sets of vertical legs, and I may still do so – good plan except that the “cellar” has no electricity!
Only about 30 bottles left for which to find a good, horizontal, home.

Crappy pine and no finish.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."





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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 08-23-2013 11:22 AM

I love the last line of your post – classic!

This is a VERY good design for a wine rack – racks can weigh a lot and I am certain it can handle it. The pegged uprights look good and function well in this case.

Don’t criticize yourself – this is a really nice build! I bet if you were to buy a small can of “java” woodstain and stain it REALLY dark brown/black you could easily sell this thing!

Thanks for posting this.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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KnickKnack

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#2 posted 08-23-2013 11:32 AM

…and stain it REALLY dark brown/black…

That’s a great idea. On my (ever growing) list, which I look at most days, I have “bite the stain bullet” – yet it had never crossed my mind on this! doh! Thanks.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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KnotCurser

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#3 posted 08-23-2013 12:00 PM

Yup, I think it would look really good that way.

Take a look at a farmhouse style table I made a little while ago – 100% dimensional pine lumber.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/85441

I first painted the wood with a black latex paint and then stained it with Minwax’s “Espresso” colored stain.

REALLY nice effect and very easy to do!

Good luck!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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ratchet

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#4 posted 08-23-2013 12:11 PM

A nicely executed form meets function wine rack! I’d like to try that Martinez Port.
I say you leave it in the weather to turn a nice grey .

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KnickKnack

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#5 posted 08-23-2013 01:42 PM

I’d like to try that Martinez Port.

You and me both – my mother bought it for me when I was 18, as the nearest vintage she could find to the year of my birth (1960). If you find yourself in Portugal towards the end of 2020….

I say you leave it in the weather to turn a nice grey

The weather here in the summer is brutal (it was 41*C yesterday, ~106°F) – a day or two after “gray” things start becoming powder. And where would I put the wine in the meantime? lol

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#6 posted 08-23-2013 02:39 PM

Clean, simple, functional. Right up my alley. Good work.

-- Ron, Montana

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#7 posted 08-23-2013 03:31 PM

COOL design.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#8 posted 08-23-2013 03:55 PM

I like your design, turned out nice. Would look real good with some stain if that’s the route you wanted to go.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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jackthelab

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#9 posted 08-23-2013 07:53 PM

Nice example of form following function. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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Roger

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#10 posted 08-23-2013 11:50 PM

Looks like a gr8 wine storage rack to me. Nice n easy. I really like it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#11 posted 08-24-2013 12:33 AM

works for me. Pine is underrated.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 08-27-2013 04:12 PM

That’s a functional and sturdy build and your pine looks good. It’s a great storage for lots of wine bottles. Great job!

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Paul M

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#13 posted 03-07-2016 09:55 PM

just saw this. Are the bottle supports just glued in place?

thanks

-- Paul M

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KnickKnack

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#14 posted 03-07-2016 10:45 PM

just saw this. Are the bottle supports just glued in place?

thanks

- Paul M

They are – not really any kind of strain on them.
The verticals are glued and doweled.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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Paul M

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#15 posted 03-07-2016 11:49 PM

thanks for reply. I am still new to more detailed woodworking. I am making a similar piece, and just starting gluing the bottle supports to the longer supports. There was a little wobble before gluing and clamping, I am guessing due to slight warp in the longer cross pieces (1×4s for me placed flat). We’ll see after removing the clamps what happens. After seeing this thread, I like your way better. Thanks again.

Paul

-- Paul M

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