He Started With Crazy Doodles, What He Ends Up With… I’d LOVE To Own.

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This is a rough sketch of the wine rack the builder had in mind for his mom. Her first name is Stephanie, making the "S" an awesome custom touch to the whole project.

What would you do if your parent asked for something very specific for Christmas -- but also something relatively boring? Well, when that happened to this enterprising builder, he decided to take her request up a notch. The DIY results of his efforts are totally awesome. Here's the story in his own words:

"When my mom came to me asking for a wine rack my answer was always going to be yes. Being a Journeyman cabinet maker I enjoy every chance I get to be creative and make out of the ordinary pieces of furniture. My only guideline was that it needed to hold at least 8 bottles. The rest was up to me."

He then dedicated months to finishing the project in time for Christmas.

"I worked on it after work when I could, maybe an hour at a time. I'd say I put about 30 hours into it. Material costs will vary but I spent about $150 (keep in mind I used a lot of offcuts from around the shop I work at so not all the materials were purchased from the store)."

Ready to see how he did it? Check out the photos -- and the finished product -- below.


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And building a wine rack is not as easy as it looks. You have to take into account the fact that each bottle is sized differently, and many are completely different widths and lengths.

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After designing the S in AutoCad, which kept it uniform, it was cut out with a CNC router. At this point, the builder is getting a good idea of how to space the bottle holders.

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Once he was satisfied with the spacing, he made sure to mark each place that a holder would go.

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Next came attaching the S to a base, as it wouldn't stand on it's own.

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He wrapped the inside and outside of the S with rubber ply as well. Doing this on the inside curves is pretty complicated.

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He also added staples to the back of the plywood to ensure a secure fit.

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Then came time to add the laminate, another feat of precise measuring and patience.

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He used the same CNC program as he used to cut out the S on the rack to cut the laminate.

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Then he used spray adhesive to attach the laminate to the rack.

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Now it's starting to become clear how the rack is coming together -- and we've got to admit, it's looking pretty awesome.

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He painted the edges of the shelves with a high-gloss black paint.

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Then he added the bottle holders in the spaces he'd previously marked.

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Finally, the entire thing was finished, and it's as unique as it is useful.

We love the fact that it has the shelves, which make a perfect place for the wine glasses.

His mom definitely loved it, as it was a labor of love that produced something unique. How cool would it be to produce something like this with your own initial?