|Project by Tennessee||posted 11-19-2013 09:49 PM||5059 views||155 times favorited||25 comments|
I first found a picture of one of these about 8 months ago when my wife asked me if “I could make that”. It was a Chinese made version, and it listed at $69.95 in some catalog. They did a hollow box made of some kind of particle board, I use solid wood of various types.
I’ve made so many of these now, and recently sold out of them at my museum show, so I thought I would share and maybe some people can make some easy gifts for the holidays.
They hold four 750ml wine bottles each, and look absolutely great as a center or side piece at a dinner table with friends. In addition, the wine can be consumed as you eat and the empties put back in!
Here’s how I build these, the easy way. BTW, I built all of these in way less than a day, save for letting the glueups dry overnight.
They can be built using a standard 14” bandsaw, as long as you don’t go over 17” high. Other tools I use are a planer, table saw, ROS, hand-held router with 1/8” roundover bit, HF oscillating sander. You could sub the table saw out with a band saw if needed.
I start by picking out pieces of wood that I can build into the pillar-like block. In this case, some cheap oak I had lying around that was destined to be cheap frame wood for upholstered furniture, a long, fairly useless 4.5” wide piece of cherry on the rack I cut into 17 1/2” lengths, one piece of African mahogany I had lying around, and one solid block of very old oak that I didn’t know what I would ever do with it. You could use pallet wood if you got it. It all looks great.
All my pieces are cut to about 4”X17.5”. They come out of the planer about 3/4” thick, so I put five in a stack. In this case, I alternated colors. The solid oak one was about 3 7/8” X 3 3/4”, so it was good to go.
When I glue these up, I use bar clamps top and bottom, and glue them up five boards in a section, but put as many on the bars as I am making. In this case, two sections of five boards each, all clamped up.
When I pull them out of the clamps, the only real critical issues are the top and bottom, which have to be true for standing and looks. The sides of course have to be flat, but it does not have to be a square pillar. I am usually within 1/8” or so, give or take. Just not that critical. You cannot really get away with a 4X4 from a lumber store, being 3 1/2” nominal, since it is not thick enough to handle the bottle holes. After sanding out the holes, they have to be big enough to handle the bottle plus the felt, and a little leeway to pull the bottle in and out.
Final dimensions for me are around 3 7/8” X 3 3/4” X 17”.
I lay out four holes, rotating the pillar 90’ for each hole I draw. I draw around the bottom of a standard 750ml wine bottle, and put in the tail cuts so it is easy to get in and out with a bandsaw, and looks kind of cool in the end.
After cutting, I use a 1/8” roundover bit in rounding over every edge, save for the openings to the holes since there is not enough wood there to support the bit bearing. You’ll see when you get there.
In the pictures:
The one on the right, that is the raw stock after cutting out the holes. I keep the cutouts, since they can be lathed up for other things like chime strikers, small pepper mills, etc.
The next one in line shows the three units with grain enhancer on them. I use Minwax Natural. I don’t like many of the Minwax colors, but the Natural is outstanding for making grain pop, dries really, really fast, and makes the wood explode with natural color. Way faster than an oil finish, and I’m gonna’ lacquer it over anyway. You can tell you have a small shop when your planer infeed table becomes a staining bench!!
The next one shows the units with three coats of Valspar rattle can lacquer. I was a Deft fan for years, and still am, but for easy projects like this one, Valspar is way cheaper, and these will not get much wear, and the Valspar goes on faster and dries quicker. I also sometimes use Rustoleum 2X clear coat lacquer from HD, but it piles on very quick and is prone to runs. Since this is almost all vertical, I go with the Valspar. This is not a project where you will take the time to set up a spray gun, unless you do maybe a dozen of them.
The final picture, you can see the peel and stick felt. This is the .99 cent Hobby Lobby felt. I cut it 1/8” short of the width of the hole, and cut the page the 12” length. Then I cut that into two 6” strips. You don’t want to completely felt the hole, it makes the bottle too hard to remove, and people cannot see the top of the hole, plus the bottle lays on the bottom of the hole, so that is where the felt is.
Once complete, I sell these for $35.
I have maybe $2-5 in cheap and scrap lumber, less than one can of Valspar gloss lacquer, and three sheets of felt. Total investment, less than $10 and I got three of them, and maybe three-four hours of my time.
Hope you like, and as always, copy all you want!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com