China Cabinet Makeover Part III
Custom built wine rack and panel doors
Today’s post will describe the custom built doors and our awesome surprise of the addition of a custom wine rack we decided to add to the middle section of our china cabinet makeover part III.
Our first thought was to add doors across the entire front of the china cabinet. However, this just seemed off. I knew it needed something else. While enjoying a glass of wine with hubby, it hit me, wine rack! That is the beauty of custom creation, they evolve in the moment and wine can be involved in the decision ;-).
Standing back and looking closer, it was going to happen, the center section of the china cabinet would be perfect for a twelve bottle custom built wine rack. We decided to use a similar wine rack holder method we used on a prior project, but wanted to introduce a new building technique. The end result was excellent and one we will use again.
In our previous wine rack construction technique we built for the charity project merely laid each wooden slate on top of each other. This created a bit of a bulky look just right for that piece, but this one would need something a bit more tucked back as you see below – Isn’t she cute! If you missed that post you can read it by clicking Here.
For this DIY custom build wine rack design, we wanted to join the boards by cutting half the board width, so each board overlaid the other which provided a nice clean look. To start the project we needed some stock that was thick enough to blend with the overall weight of the china cabinet. The custom built wine rack was created using 1” x 48” pine, available from The Home Depot. After determining the length and width of the wine holder we cut to length the wine rack pieces. Which you see on the Craftsman table saw below.
As shown above, we laid the vertical four wine rack pieces (two for the front section and two for the back section) and marked a line where the horizontal pieces would cross. This defined where we would rabbit cut, which we learned from Wood Magazine how to cut the pieces on our table saw. We repeated this measuring process for the horizontal sections, making sure to define the exact location where the horizontal and vertical sections crossed.
Once the measuring was complete, it was time to cut the rabbits. Since we don’t have a dado blade, we used two stop blocks that defined the right and left edges of the rabbit. We raised the blade to the required height and cut the left edge. We then made repeated cuts until all the stock was removed.
With the custom built wine rack pieces cut we did a dry fit before we nailed and glued the pieces together wtih our Ryobi Nail gun and Titebond glue. I love the look and it will bring anther update to an old china cabinet that will help make it a functional storage space.
After the wine holder was built, it was time to move to the panel doors. Keeping in mind the overall size of the wine cabinet, we opted for a thick raised panel door using thin PureBond, trimmed with dado 1×2 and completed using ¼ round.
To get the exact door dimension we clamped two 1x2s to one edge of the cabinet and measured the remaining space and subtracted 1/8” (1/16” gap for each cabinet door side, which just happens to be the size of a dime). We cut two ¾” Pure Bond panels using our measurements. We then added the 1×2 trim to complete the look. Finally, we cut ¼” round to provide a finished decorative look and attached with our Ryobi nail gun, filled in the cracks and nail holes with wood filler and Bondo combo to get ready to sand and prime with Valspar.
With the doors cut and trimmed, it was time to dry fit the panel doors into their space. It took a bit of adjusting, but we were happy so far with the look and where this piece is going!
Now, we are to the tough part – the finish work to make it just the right piece for our home. See you soon for the last part of our China Cabinet Make over series!
Hope you are as excited as we are to bring you this great old piece that became new again.
Until tomorrows Post – Have a great night!