Rustic Wine Rack~How'd they do that?

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09-05-2011 01:23 AM

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Have you ever seen a finished woodworking project and thought, “How’d they do that?” I’m sure as woodworkers we’ve all been there…I’m there every week! Usually, I say, “Hubby, How’d they do that?” Then he launches into a really complicated explanation that I barely understand and then I try it, one step at a time. Bugging him between each step until I figure it out. It’s a nice little routine…UNTIL he has the nerve to say…I don’t know.

So, I’m asking all of you… How’d they do that?

I understand that a hole saw might work…but I’m thinking that it would need to be an extremely large hole saw. Drill Press? Or Drill? I love all things rustic and my hubby loves all thing Liqour! LOL This would be a cool mix of both.

As always, all advice is greatly appreciated!

-- Robbinscabin,

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 01:50 AM

Drill press….......... and hole saw or forsner bit? I have hole saws up to 6” but not forsner bits near large enough for this project.

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#2 posted 09-05-2011 02:21 AM

robbin they probably cut the log in half, made the cuts with a band saw and glued it back together, that is what i am assuming, they could have used a very large whole saw, but , not sure…thats a possibility…...

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#3 posted 09-05-2011 02:40 AM

OK, maybe it is a hole saw and I’m just over thinking it. That happens alot too! LOL

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#4 posted 09-05-2011 03:05 AM

Just a thought. A few weeks ago my son and I both needed to drill a hole through about 4” of concrete. We rented a drill and a core bit. The bit was diamond tipped and was about 6” or 7” long. It didn’t take long to go through concrete and I know it would have cut through the wood super fast. And, they had core bits that would cut 5”, 6” or larger holes.

-- Garry, Kentucky

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#5 posted 09-05-2011 03:40 AM

Oooh, now that’s an idea! Thanks for the info I’ll check it out!

-- Robbinscabin,

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#6 posted 09-05-2011 04:26 AM

Years ago, I had a buddy who was an accomplished amateur magician. I once asked him how a trick was done and he told me that instead of asking how he did it I should figure out how I would do it. – lol

For that projact, I would use a cradle and some kind of deep hole saw.

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#7 posted 09-05-2011 05:39 AM

Robbin, I’ve made a few of these types of wine racks (see for one example), and I can tell you they ain’t easy to do. I started trying these by using a 3 1/2” hole saw, but it wasn’t deep enough to go all the way through the slabs I was using. So, I wound up using the largest forstner bit I had to clean out the plug of the hole. Both steps required that I use a drill press (I have a radial drill press which makes it a lot easier because it extends out at different lengths to accommodate the different placements of the holes). Next, I contacted a woodworker friend to see if he might have a larger forstner bit I could borrow so I could just bore all the way through. He had a 3 1/2” self feed bit I tried twice, and twice, to my dismay, I clocked my shin with the handle of the drill I was using (he told me not to use this bit in a drill press cuz it would total it out). Then I came up with the idea of using the hole saw on both sides and cleaning out the plug with a 2” straight bit in my router. So far, that’s been the easiest way to do this I have found. I took Garry’s advice and have contacted a core bit dealer to ask them if core bits can be used in wood. Sure hope it can because it sounds a lot easier than what I’ve been doing. Good luck with yours.


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#8 posted 09-05-2011 06:49 AM

I can tell you from personal experience that diamond-tipped concrete cores do not cut wood well at all. I was on a project that involved coring holes in a concrete bridge; someone had tossed a scrap of wood into the concrete when it was originally built, and we hit it. Even though it was only a scrap, 2×2 or 2×4, it took hours to get through it – as long as it would have taken to get through feet of concrete.

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#9 posted 09-05-2011 01:23 PM

Thank you all for your advice! It seems to me that the “simple” looking projects are always the most complicated if done right~LOL. I know a sane person wouldn’t even give this project another look…but I am obsessed with figuring this out. Hoping to get in the workshop today. If not today definitely tomorrow.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#10 posted 09-05-2011 02:13 PM

Robbin, an Irwin Micro dial expansive wood bit #22 will cut up to a 3 in. hole which will accommodate some wine bottles.

You have to do it by hand with a brace and it’s a lot of work but it will get the job done.

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#11 posted 09-05-2011 02:26 PM

Guess I need to start by measuring all of hubby’s bottles~LOL!

Thanks Saddle~I’ll check them out!

-- Robbinscabin,

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#12 posted 09-06-2011 03:34 AM

It looks like these folks make some pretty outrageous hole saws…Pretty outrageous prices also.

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#13 posted 09-06-2011 03:39 AM

Thanks for the link Don. They do seem pretty pricey but I’m sure if you were making a lot of these the price would be worthwhile…just not sure I’ll be making that many. LOL

-- Robbinscabin,

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#14 posted 09-06-2011 03:59 AM

Wine bottles are normally from 3 &1/8”D to 3 &7/16”D. I have a 3.5” Forsner bit. I have used it in a drill press to drill thru a 4” x 6”. No problem, except it takes time to go thru a piece of material 3.5” thick. But it is do-able.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#15 posted 09-06-2011 05:46 AM

Milwaukee makes self feed bits similar to Forstner bits up to 4 5/8” We used to use them to bore holes for dryer vents using a Hole Hawg drill at 300rpm. I am sure a drill press would work as well.

They also have a line of hole saws for large holes with their Big Hawg line. I have no experience with these, but they go up to 6 1/2” or so

-- Lee - Phoenix, AZ

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