Drybar/Wine Rack (My First "From-Scratch" Project)

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Forum topic by Bart Steed posted 12-02-2013 07:52 PM 1090 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bart Steed

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12-02-2013 07:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drybar winerack dado hardwood plywood carcass joinery walnut tablesaw joining finishing modern traditional

Well, I’m finally taking the plunge into my first project. It shouldn’t be overly challenging but I doubt it will be a walk in the park, either.

It’s a 48” (L) x 36” (H) x 16-18” (D) drybar / wine rack. I’ve attached some pre-production illustrations for my concept and joinery.

I plan to use 3/4” Mahogany hardwood project panels for the carcass and 1/4” for the back. No doors, as of right now. Rabbet joints will be done on the box corners and I’ll dado the shelves and vertical supports. They will not be holding much weight, just some glasses and stemware.

I’m still conceptualizing the millwork but I’m thinking of dental or rope crown.

More to come later!

Would love to hear your thoughts on what I have here. Please keep in mind that I am new to the trade. Thanks for looking!

-- Bart Steed, Apprentice, Ohio USA

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 08:32 PM

Great concept. I really like your design so far. I will watch with interest how you progress with this. This is a great and friendly place, so, if you have any questions, or you want to bounce ideas, feel free to put it out there. There will without doubt be someone here that can help!

Looking forward to the next post,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 09:34 PM

I think your stemware plans are ok…but the “standard” wine bottles are only a part of the market now. With custom bottles in play now (tapered glass and strange lengths, etc.) I think that adjustable stops on the necks would make the most sense. You of course know that you have to design anything that will hold the bottoms a bit higher than the necks (you gotta keep that cork wet).

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 09:51 PM

Thanks for the kind words and welcome, Garry! I am very anxious to hit the bench!

@Teejk – You betcha! Most of the wines I drink (err when my girlfriend leaves me some!) are fairly standard. However, you raise a good point. I’m not sure how “adjustable” I’d like them to be but accommodating, yes. I’m planning to revisit that particular piece of the design anyhow. With that being said, I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on the adjustable end. Great tip and thank you!

-- Bart Steed, Apprentice, Ohio USA

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