Easy Wine Rack

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Blog entry by recycle1943 posted 12-28-2014 11:32 AM 1777 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I’d post a short pictorial on making a free standing wine rack.
Here’s the original block after I planed the sides and cut one end off to get a nice flat surface. I glued up boards 22” long so I could have enough stock for 2 wine racks. It consists of 3 aromatic cedar and 2 walnut sapwood boards all of which are 22” long, about 5” wide and the thickness of the boards can be whatever you have as long as you end up with 4 1/2” minimum thickness.

Using my Incra gauge I find the exact width,

then divide in half and draw a center line

Then reduce or expand (same results either way) the gauge by 3/16” and draw aline from both sides of the block giving you a 3/8” center.

Somewhere along the line I draw a line 3/4” up from the bottom and 3/4” in from the sides to meet the first line and using a top secret marking device, I create the arc for the feet.

Then set my compass at 1 1/2 plus a hair inches and set the carbon on the 3/16” line and check for good
distance from the bottom. I try to keep at least 3/4” from the line. Repeat that 3 more times to attain your 4 circles. The top circle is set however you want as long as a minimum 3/8” distance is maintained at the bottom of the arc. you need that for stability.

Then the fun begins – start cutting the circles out but it’s imperative that when approaching the block that you do it from the same arc as the circle you want to cut out. Depending on how your compass was set determines whether you cut inside, outside or on the line. I like to cut the circle tight and bring it to finish size with the sander.

Prior to sanding I put a 1/8” round over bit in the router (table) and laying the block on it’s ‘back’ and ‘front’ and round over the edges.
Sanding the circles on an ossicilating with 80 grit then 150 grit will make the final sanding with 180 pretty easy and painless.

I find that not using a brand new blade will reduce sanding because I have a tendency to wiggle at one point or another during the cutting process a new blade will create the most awesome gouges that are nearly impossible to sand out.

I finish with 4 coats of water base polyeurathane

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 12:42 PM

Nice description, easy to follow instructions. Thanks for sharing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 12-28-2014 12:52 PM

Yes, very detailed how-to. Thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 12-28-2014 05:05 PM

Well done Dick. Even I could follow your directions. Bet those sell really well for you. When are you going to post some Ringmaster projects? I see it lurking in the background on that last picture :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 12-28-2014 05:31 PM

I’ve deliberately avoiding my RM – I just can’t stand failure and every time I look at the rm that’s all I see.
As soon as I run out of excuses I’ll get back on it, I just need to get in the mood.
I guess I messed up when I posted a picture of my top secret arc tool – now everybody can make the same arc. darn

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 12-28-2014 07:51 PM

Nice. I really like the wood grain and design.

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#6 posted 12-30-2014 01:57 PM

Something I just noticed on my wine rack is that I had been testing the openings with the same bottle and I try to keep the openings pretty tight.
Well, two of the openings (one on each rack) were too tight when fitted with a second (different) 750ml bottle. It was a minute (small) difference but enough to not allow the bottle to enter.
So I guess all I’m saying is to check the openings with a couple different bottles prior to finishing – OR go ahead and finish the rack and THEN go back to the ossilating sander to open it a tad more THEN refinish the sanded portion.

Now I’m going to find a tattoo artist and get this STUPID tattoo taken off my forehead.

Have a GREAT and prosperous NEW YEAR !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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