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Project by nittanylion posted 12-26-2013 02:03 PM 2390 views 19 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a picture of a wine rack similar to this online and figured I would give it a try. The two outside boards are walnut with maple sandwiched between them. Each board was about an inch thick. Two walnut boards and 4 maple boards made this one hell of a chunk of wood when the initial glue up was finished. After hand drawing the figure, I took it to the bandsaw, I’m guessing it was over 20 pounds! I busted two different bandsaw blades, spent hours on end sanding down, tried a new finish (Bush oil- wasn’t dry after two days), re-sanded it again, and then used Deft with a spray gun. I had a hard time letting this one go!! I hope my sister will be happy!

The board is maple and walnut as well, following the lead of a fellow Lumberjock! The utensils I roughed out of scrap walnut. I carved and sanded them down and finished them with salad bowl finish.

Next up- a changing table for my daughter who we will meet in 10 weeks!!!

Happy New Year to all you Lumberjocks out there!!!

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#1 posted 12-26-2013 02:05 PM

Well, the picture of the board did not load correctly!!! Oh well…

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#2 posted 12-26-2013 02:11 PM

The blades and hard work paid off. Great job and I love the design.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#3 posted 12-26-2013 02:27 PM

That’s a great design for a wine rack and you did a fine job on it.

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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#4 posted 12-26-2013 04:15 PM

Great design. Sorry it was so much work and frustration but the final outcome was well worth the effort in my eyes. Thanks for sharing an awesome project with all of us. I’ll file this one in my “to-do someday” list.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#5 posted 12-26-2013 05:29 PM

Great looking wine bottle rack, nice design…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 12-26-2013 07:45 PM

very,very nice,thanks for sharing…Happy new year with more dust…

-- bambi

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#7 posted 12-26-2013 11:15 PM

I’m going to have to do this project for someone next year. This is better than a lot of the gifts i gave people.

-- This is all make believe just like Bernoulli and his stupid principal.

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#8 posted 12-27-2013 04:07 AM

Great wine rack.

I collected few wine rack designs and a similar one was on my build target.
I am just dreading sanding the curvy parts.

Well done!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 12-27-2013 11:12 AM

That is an absolute gem ! Great work, beautiful outcome

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 01:54 PM

Beautiful work! I really like the design and using the two colors of wood really accentuates it. Lots and lots of sanding, I’m sure. Do you have a spindle sander for that? Congratulations on the “soon expected new arrival”.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 12-28-2013 01:44 AM

Great looking wine rack. Might have to borrow this design and build one for my wife.

Just wondering on shaping the piece however. I know you cut it all from a big block on the bandsaw. I simply dread this idea as I know it will require a great amount of sanding afterwards. So I’m wondering – instead of cutting it from a large block, what about making a template that you can use with your router and pattern template bit and make each of the six ‘slices’ individually and then glue them up afterwards? Your template and router should allow you to produce identical pieces and the resulting glue up should require minimal sanding/scraping afterwards. Might (and I say might cause I haven’t tried this) be another method to consider.


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#12 posted 01-01-2014 07:14 PM

Nice gift, very inspireing design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 08-13-2014 03:52 PM

That wine Rack looks very familiar :) I too saw a picture of one.

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#14 posted 02-02-2016 02:21 PM

That is cool, Might have to do this for my buddies Vineyard.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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