We’re challenged, and on many fronts. We have this wine hobby, and unlike collecting stamps – it takes up a lot of room. As if that’s not bad enough, wine needs to be stored a certain way, blah blah blah… After some binge purchases this year we were out of space and our dining room was becoming an impassable maze of upright wine bottles. After much debate, I decided that the quickest and least expensive option for expanded storage was going to be designing and building a built-in storage rack from untreated clear pine. Up till now we had been using the wine cubes that use an X of wood to separate bottles. In the interests of being good treehuggers, I rolled these into the design.
I grew up with a dad who was a consummate DIYer. “You want a dump truck, boy? Let’s build you one out of wood.” He would proceed to the workshop and after a week of cutting, carving, sanding, and varnishing I would have an amazingly detailed furniture quality dump truck that was not at all what I wanted. Kids are punks. (Seriously though – Tonka, Dad. For reals.) BUT, I did learn how to build things. That, and my time working in a carpentry shop in my early 20s made me feel like I could do this and not screw it up too badly.
Now, while I built counters and cabinets and tables, they were for science labs, not the local artisan’s guild. I was also under the constant supervision of Juan and Jose, two rockstar carpenters from Tecate. It’s a town, not just a beer. Look it up. Point being, I am not a natural carpenter, and as such I draw out all my projects in advance of my first lumber run. In fact, I use Google SketchUp to create 3D computer models of any home carpentry project, because otherwise I fall victim to the whole “cut it twice and it’s STILL too short” problem.
So here’s the computer model for the wine storage wall:
Sadly, I didn’t take any progress pics. I was sick as a dog for four weeks and just wanted to power through the project. With the aid of the internet I had diagnosed myself with consumption and bubonic plague, but VWD made me go to the doctor anyhow. Sorry for the lack of stages, but here’s the finished result:
I should mention that for all the folks who recently questioned our loyalty to Virginia wine – over 90% of those bottles are VA wine, and we paid for almost all of them. You’re welcome, Governor PrettyHair.
One detail I really wanted, that my partner fought me on, was lighting. I won (mostly because I installed it while she was at work) and I’m pretty happy with the result. It’s LED rope light, to keep from throwing too much heat behind the bottles, and I think it looks quite cool.
So that’s our wine storage! What do you do to keep yours neat and tidy?
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