The Wine Rack #5: Blanks for each piece are cut

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Blog entry by Todd Clare posted 05-10-2010 03:53 PM 1248 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: First steps: Board prep and cutout templates Part 5 of The Wine Rack series Part 6: Rule addenda: Measure twice, cut once... and read your handwriting »

I cut the boards into each of the pieces last night. Even with the sapwood on the one piece and a few defects I wanted to remove, everything fit nicely without a lot of waste.

I also remembered to cut the short (bottle neck) racks a little wider so I can plow out the recesses with a forstner bit, then rip them to width after that waste wood is used to register the center of the bit. I had 5:1 odds on myself to forget that, but all is well.

Ran into a little issue with my splitter on my saw fence. It has always been JUST in alignment with the blade and wanting to return to out of alignment, so the first rip caught a little and I got some burn on one of the edges, but nothing I can’t scrape away, conceptually. I need to dig in there and shim out the splitter a bit (maybe a business card or less) and straighten out the stem of the splitter and I think all will be good there.

Next steps: cutting out the recesses for the bottles in the racks, and then My First Mortise and Tenon adventure :) On some practice poplar first, tho!

From back to front:
  • 4 Legs
  • 2 small racks where the bottle necks will sit (a little wider than needed, currently, to cut the holes easier)
  • 2 large racks where the bottle bases will sit (and the accompanying template to cut them out)
  • 4 side stretchers that will have the curve clipped out of them to meet the design

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 04:51 PM

Looking good so far.

It’s ncie that you’re documenting this along the way. Some day, you’ll probably look back on these blog posts and say, “I remember when….”

Looks like you’re ready for the forstner bit, so I’ll get that to you today. Maybe I’m being dense here, but did you cut the bottle necks stringers wider for now so you have more clamping surface, or are you worried about spltting? I guess I’m not sure what you meant when you said they’re wider “to cut the holes easier”? (Forgive my ignorance, but please satisfy my curiousity here.)

So far, that is some nice sawdust!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 05:18 PM

Gotcha—yep it wasn’t clear at all :)

“Wider” was the board on the table saw, not the actual part. Basically, I’ll be cutting a half circle whose center is right on the top edge of the rack. In order for the bit to be placed precisely, I left that rack with a little extra wood so the point center of the bit hits solid wood rather than sliding down the top face of the rack. Once I drill the holes, I’ll rip off the waste, basically with the saw blade edge just kissing the line that the center of the holes hit.

Please don’t be blown away by my mad MS Paint skills:

The plusses are the center of the bit, and the greyed outs are the cutoff after the fact. Obviously the centers would be right on the line :)

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 05:55 PM

Good thinking ahead! I always mess it up once and start over. Keep thinking forward and you will be fine. Wait…. Maybe you should have left your cut out template longer so when you are using your flush trim bit to make the curves you would have some more clamping area or a more stable template base. Interesting….

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 06:15 PM

Yep, I thought of that exact thing as well… It’s only a hunk of MDF and took 5 minutes to build, so I can always make another.

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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