This was a custom project unlike anything I have ever done. The customer wanted something funky to contrast with the modern cabinet decor. Wine bottles are stored and accessed from both sides. I found enough American Chestnut at Longleaf lumber in Cambridge to do the job. A neighbor ran one 3" thick plank for me through his sawmill. Of course, nothing was square. As the aim was to preserve the antique surfaces, I squared one corner and built it around the inside dimensions letting the outside "float". The whole thing is held together with iron rods threaded on the ends for nuts, and suspended from the roof supports. The original plan was to use 1/4" slats for the bottle supports, but the chestnut was too wormy and not strong, so I spent a lot of extra time to make poplar grids that I subsequently faced with chestnut strips.
The ultimate placement of the piece will be higher, as the client discovered that it blocks his use of the counter. His structural engineer has or will move the piece and make sure that it is adequately supported for it's weight. fully loaded it will be more than 600 lbs.… Read more Read less