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Forum topic by Neight posted 11-28-2011 07:04 PM 992 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Neight

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11-28-2011 07:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wine rack stars help ideas

Hello Everyone!
Every year, my family holds a drawing to see who is going to give gifts to who. This year I drew my cousin-in-law? (cousin’s wife).
She wants a wine rack, and I asked my cousin about what she likes. He says she is nutty for stars, and they are all over her house. My first idea was to make a star shaped frame, with each of the star legs big enough to hold a bottle of wine, and the middle could be a small shelf to either hold one more bottle, or maybe a cork screw and some stoppers. I am even thinking of turing a few stoppers as a nice little addition.
I am trying to make a small prototype out of some scrap plywood, and it is already a nightmare of angles!
getting the angles cut so the pieces match up to form a star point simply isn’t working, and I can’t figure out for the life of me what I am doing wrong. I drew it up in Sketchup, and measured the angles and set up the TS, and it’s no where close…
I am bad at angles, always have been, but I didn’t figure this would be quite so difficult.
I am pretty well ready to scrap my first idea, but I am having trouble coming up with a replacement.
I have been looking at wine rack photos all morning, and have a few that i like, and could just decorate with some stars cut out on a band saw, but they would all require holes to be drilled at soft angles. My drill press doesn’t have a tilting table, and there is no way I could use a cordless drill and get it right.
does anyone have an idea how I could either make my first idea work, or a simple way to make drilling slight angles precise and repeatable? I have thought about making an angled jig for the drill press, but my drill press is so small, I can’t fit the drill bit, jig, and the piece to be drilled into it…
I am quite sure I have started to over-think this, so I figured I would throw it to you guys for some suggestions to simplify my build.
any ideas would be appreciated!
thanks
N8

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain


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#1 posted 11-28-2011 07:18 PM

After reading my own post, I think I should clear up my first design…
I wanted to cut 5 – .5” boards all the same length, all at the same angles.
then I wanted to cut two slots in each board that would correspond to each other, and allow me to slide each of the pieces into each other to form a star. similar to how you would make partitions in a box.
It all sounded so simple in my head, but as soon as I started cutting, the whole idea started to fall apart.
I can’t seem to get the ends cut steep enough to make a star point, let alone figuring out how to cut the slots at matching angles so they slide together at the right angle.
Like I said, I am probably over-thinking it, but that is the gist of my first idea.

The second idea was to take one 1” thick board, drill alternating holes in each side to hold the bottles in, and making a base to help it stand up, with maybe a star on top of it, with a few smaller starts glued in where space allows. I have read that you need to store wine bottles @ 5-10 degrees to keep the cork wet, and the sediment out of the neck. This idea would be much much simpler to finish, but My trouble here is drilling the 5-10 degree holes at the right angle so all the bottles are parallel to each other.
Again, any suggestions at all would be very greatly appreciated!

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 10:11 PM

Well, perhaps I am not the only one stumped by this one :P
(although it’s more likely my description is more confusing than anything)
I think I have found a solution, and I am building it now. Got a few more parts to cut out, then hopefully I will be able to assemble the whole thing yet tonight!
Will post photos of what I have when it’s all done.
thanks to everyone who checked out this post and gave it a bit of thought!
N8

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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