At this point, I'm concerned about the success of these wine cupboards. I've cut the door pieces to rough size and brought them into the house just to see how they will react in a warmer, drier environment. In the meantime, I've decided to continue but I'm prepared to scrap the whole thing if needed. If the quality and craftsmanship isn't there they won't leave the shop and I'll chalk it up to experience. Sometimes it's better to push on even if the outcome is uncertain, you can always learn something.
The interior of these cupboards is somewhat complicated. Because of that they were shellacked before assembly. Since shellac is an easy finish to touch up I decided to go this route, here's the pieces laid out with three coats of shellac:
You can see the square pieces that will support the bottles, then the sides, top, and bottom, and the back pieces laying on the tablesaw. That propane tank you see in the background is my only heat source out there. It's mounted on a furniture dolly so I can put it wherever I want. After applying the third coat I went to work on roughing out the stock for the doors and made the T-molding that will hold the wine glasses.
Towards the end of the day I decided to go ahead and assemble the two cases and that's where things got tricky!
|Assembled, Clamped, and Ready|
I'll let them dry over-night, keep my fingers crossed that the door pieces won't go crazy, and grab a glass of wine before dinner.