One of the best parts of building custom furniture for people is that I get to try new things and different styles all the time. It’s such a great way to test my skill set and push my boundaries, and discover fun new things!
Today I’m sharing a custom wine rack built for a pair of jazz lovers (and the husband is an INCREDIBLE piano player). Hence the amazingly clever “Jazzy Wine Rack”. They originally came to me with this product from Amazon. They loved the idea of it, but the reviews weren’t great. So I put together my version of the curvy, piano-inspired, standing wine rack and got to work!
I generally don’t work with a lot of curves, so it was a fun test to get things just right. I also wanted the bottle holders to fit just right and allow the bottles to lay flat, so I used small half-circles for the neck of the bottle and large circles for the base. I snapped a few progress photos along the way:
Circles for the “base” holders- ready to be split.
Drilling the small circles for the bottle necks
Testing the router detail on a curved scrap
Getting the curves just right!
As far as finishing, I liked the idea of really emulating a piano, so I went with a high gloss black paint. I love that the grain still comes through, it adds to the dimension in the high gloss. Then I had my incredibly talented artist friend Evan paint the keys. I’m so thrilled with how this finish turned out!
The wine rack holds ten bottles, has two areas for hanging stemmed glasses, and a shelf for holding bottle openers, stemless glasses, or smaller specialty bottles. (We’re not big wine drinkers, so I only had one old bottle around to show it off for photos 😉 )
This was the first piece that I’ve had to ship to a client (eeeeek!) so needless to say it was nerve-wracking to have it crated up and shipped off. (I should have grabbed a shot of that crazy process- alas!) I can’t wait for this awesome couple to get to really enjoy this special piece.