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Prototype Wine and Glasses Rack - Final Prototype Configuration - (less finish)

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 01-11-2015 01:03 AM 1027 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(I posted the early build of this under Projects, several days ago.)

Yesterday I finished the construction. To keep the top glasses from falling off the shelf on their own I added three 3” lengths of dowel cut to a 5 degree back slant. The space between the closest distance between the dowels and the shelf is adequate to make it impossible for the glasses to fall off the shelf without making it difficult to get the glasses off. In the production runs holes will be drilled at 5 degrees offset and the dowels will be inserted and cut flush at the bottoms. As mentioned before, I would like to keep the bottle end within the dimensions of the rack. The production units will have a smaller, shallower angled bottle holder and most likely I will vertically hang the cork remover on the right side in the available space.

I was going to wait until I had the Kona finish applied before posting. The temperature in the dungeon has been a chilly 52 F, these past two days, with a much colder floor temperature. I now have a cold and lot less tolerance for the dungeon’s lack of warmth. I’m not sure the stain will dry well—recommended minimum application temperature is 60 F—that won’t happen until summer. Since this is a prototype and won’t be sold or given away, an attempt will be made to stain it, probably tomorrow, but I think I am going to need to cordon off some space in the dungeon that I can heat for finishing work.

The attachment mechanism is a French cleat at the top, with a matching width spacer at the bottom.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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OnhillWW

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 03:04 PM

Neat idea. Just an observation but judging from the picture it looks like you might want to move the hole for the bottle neck down a bit. It looks like there may be a close fit between the base of the bottle and the upper glass rack when you lift the base of the bottle to remove/insert it. That particular shape bottle may work but a wider based bottle such as a Pinot may not.

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#2 posted 01-11-2015 03:15 PM


Neat idea. Just an observation but judging from the picture it looks like you might want to move the hole for the bottle neck down a bit. It looks like there may be a close fit between the base of the bottle and the upper glass rack when you lift the base of the bottle to remove/insert it. That particular shape bottle may work but a wider based bottle such as a Pinot may not.

- OnhillWW

Good observation! A wider bottle (I have several bottles of different sizes and shapes to test with, including a Pinot) does cause the bottle end to come close to the bottom of the top ledge. It doesn’t hit the ledge and no bottle tested has any problems with insertion or removal. This was an ‘ad hoc’ build, a prototype that would reveal problems with design and needed alterations. The location and size of the bottle holder has to change in production models. Fortunately, this unit is usable for our needs.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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