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12-19-2014 08:00 PM

I am sure someone know the answer to this, before I spend a lot of time trying to figure it out. I have a couple that wants a wine rack built but not in the X fashion. They basically want the bottle to slide out of a tube or square, my question is how to make that? I think that I have seen that you have to cut a board half way through on one side and then the same except, the opposite side on the other. Does this sound right? Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-19-2014 08:14 PM

Yep, it is called a half lap.
Actually, many times the ‘X’ shape is no more than a square set on edge or pulled out of square.

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#2 posted 12-19-2014 08:19 PM

My wine rack at the house has large squares where we can stack 5 bottles in each slot, but we also use it for random pictures or stuff in some of the other holes. There are a ton of ideas online through google.

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#3 posted 12-19-2014 08:21 PM

I should have added that the bottle goes inside the tube except for the very end. I was planning on using plywood on the four sides and then make a solid face. How would you make the tube because there are two rows going across, otherwise I could nail above and below with pin nails. Basically it is two rows of 5 or 6 bottles (tubes) going horizontal.

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#4 posted 12-19-2014 08:34 PM

Try visualizing your rack tipped at a 45 ° angle. Now you have a diamond shape.
If you want a face frame, you’ll need rails and stiles. (Short pieces going across and long pieces giong up and down.

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#5 posted 12-20-2014 08:53 AM

Are you asking whether to slot the crossing boards half way so they can slide together and form the X (or box)? That can be done. I made a portable power tool storage unit that way, except the squares are level., not tilted to 45 deg. I think I did run a fastening (toenailing, or “toe screwing,” as it were) at the open end to make it rigid. It’s not hard to do, and would be plenty strong. This would be one of those situations where the jig saw could come in handy, as it makes stopped slots very well.

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#6 posted 12-20-2014 01:21 PM

You don’t have to stop the slots square. the opposing board covers the slope of the saw blade when it is assembled it is called “egg crate” assembly. it was used in waterbed pedestals among many other things. depending on the look desired you may want to use end skins on the exposed ends of the cabinet or use the router to cut only a partial depth groove so the joints wont show on the ends. if you are setting it up horizontal and not as a diagonal pattern make sure the slots of the horizontal pieces face the rear.

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