Sassafras Wine Bar

This wedding gift organizes bottles and glassware.

SHOP OWNER: Drew McManus

    This wine bar was a wedding present for my brother-in-law. Several months before the wedding, I asked what they would like for a present and they showed me a picture of a wine bar they found online. I took the picture, sat down at the computer with the CAD program, redesigned it to increase the storage capacity, and gave it multi-use properties. I also incorporated some design motifs from an earlier project I made for them. I used the same rail design to help give the furniture some commonalties.
    The shelves are designed as bottle holders, but if you simply turn them over, they become a regular shelf. This gives the pieces a little more flexibility if they ever decide to use it for something else in the future. All the shelves are adjustable. The bottom shelf has slightly wider spacing to accommodate larger bottles. The overall dimensions are 16” x 16” x 67” and it can hold 18 bottles of your favorite wine.
Sassafras Wine Bar

    I also tried my hand at intentionally incorporating as many shadow lines as I could without going too far. I really like how the small chamfer worked at the joint around the middle shelf. Setting the shelves and drawer ½” in from the rails worked well and made assembly easier than trying to align everything flush.
Sassafras Wine Bar

    The entire case is made from ¾” sassafras stock, which was a real pleasure to work. While cutting and planing it, it made my shop smell sweet for hours. It machined easily, cut without trouble, and the sanding and finishing properties were top notch. Because of the low cost of the rough lumber, I highly recommend it to anyone as a quality alternative to using oak. Once finished, I thought it looked like a rich golden oak. Everything is finished with three coats of Watco Natural Danish Oil.
Sassafras Wine Bar

    All of the joinery is wood on wood except for the screws that attach the top; I had to accommodate the wood movement issues. The side rails were cut to rough shape with a jigsaw and finished on the router table, using a ¼” thick pattern and a flush trim bit. I purchased the wine glass rails from Lee Valley. The lumber came from Groff & Groff and Hearn’s Hardwoods, both in eastern PA.
    In the end, I hope they find it a useful piece of furniture that will remind them of their wedding day over the course of their lives.

. . . Drew McManus



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