Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Kansas City area
The wine rack is done!!! Pictures are below.
The instructions were vague, and I had to improvise from time to time. For instance, it didnít specify how many screws I would need for each rack and joint so I went with two per. Making sure the racks were parallel with the others and level proved a challenge. I learned quickly that one can never have enough clamps on hand. And, then there was a design modification part way through the project. The instructions called for an inverted wine glass holder at the top. My spouse wanted another rack as opposed to a glass holder. This was a challenge since I had used my last rack jig instead of holding on to it. I had to go back to the drawing board to build another rack.
The first challenge was building the jig with four 3 ľ inch holes. I started off with a circle jig and learned that it would be very difficult with what I had on hand to do a 3 ľ hole. So, I decided to go with a jig that I could run my router around inside of for a 3 ľ inch hole. I finally found the right diameter and made a 3 ľ hole. I then obtained a flush trim router bit from Home Depot. This one had the bearing to the bottom, and I learned quickly how to use this bit. In no time I had my board jig with the four 3 ľ holes. From that I made the others. Next I visited the table saw and cut the boards in half. Then I cut the other boards to size on the table saw and miter saw.
Next I took everything outside and put on the polyurethane sealant. Part way into it I learned that this was a top coat sealant. Instead of starting from scratch again, I continued with putting two coats of this top sealant on. I bought some very fine sand paper and smoothed the first coat out before the applying the second coat. The end result was very good.
Next came putting everything together. I put the side braces into first as I thought that would be easier. Then I started installing the four racks layers. I drilled holes slightly smaller than the screws and then put in the screws. Thanks to carefully measuring everything, the screws went through the 2x2s into 1x racks without a problem. In my worst nightmares I pictured the screws coming out the sides of the rack. That never happened. I installed the top before I installed the unplanned top rack. Looking back, I should have waited on the top until I had the fifth rack in place.
Once on the floor, I found the rack was not level. That was in part due to me Iím sure and in part to the basement floor. I bought leveling glides and installed them. Now it sits level and is waiting for its first bottle of wine.
Overall, I learned a lot. I love my new Craftsman router, and the flush trim router bit is the routerís catís meow. I also dug out an old cordless drill to hold the drill bit while I used my other cordless with the Phillips bit. That saved time switching out between drill bit and screw bit.
Next project, hon.
PS: I'll post pictures once I figure this out. I keep getting either a "security token missing" or "upload failed."
Any ideas what I'm doing wrong or missing?