I’ve measured the space where I’m going to put the rack, and started to want to visualize the design. I opted to fire up Google SketchUp which has been really useful for me in the past in laying things out and seeing them in 3D.
This is the preliminary design only, as I still need to move things around and make sure the spacing and height and shadow lines are where I think I might want them. One of the challenges was how to make it “light” looking, and making the front rack (with the smaller holes) shorter than the back one did the trick, but then presented the problem of how to connect the front and back assemblies. All the right angles of the front and back were great, but I think something like the curve I’m showing in the sides will mimic the fluid lines of the wine bottles themselves?
I’ve also mocked up the tenons on the ends of all the horizontal pieces, and will use those to “cut” the mortises in the legs once I get the positioning right.
Here’s the main view
And the front:
And the side:
This is a view of the tenons with the leg hidden. They are all 1/3 of the thickness (thickness is 3/4” so they are 1/4” thick and 1/4” from the top and bottom, 3/8” long). Never made a tenon (or mortise) before, so I’ll be doing a little practice before using the real wood (cherry I’m thinking) and would appreciate input if they are too wide/short/wrong/etc.
I’d love to hear thoughts and criticisms (I can sit around all day and tell myself how wonderful it looks, but would really appreciate any suggestions if you see something problematic).
-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)