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  • GregE9 commented on MattInDetroit's instructable Wine Rack Tower6 months ago
    Wine Rack Tower

    Side note: If you need something to anchor this to a wall and you have an IKEA near by, you can get secure straps for free from Customer Service. Just go to the wall where they have all the spare parts and you can grab as many as you need.

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  • GregE9 made the instructable Wine Rack Tower6 months ago
    Wine Rack Tower

    Loved this. I made this for my GF as a Christmas gift. Here a couple of items of constructive criticism (pun intended) that I discovered as I was building mine.1. I would have cut the shelves at 42" instead of 40". The first mark for pilot holes would be at 6", then every 5" after that. Reason: The scoop on the back shelf ended up being partially blocked by the side uprights when using a 4" hole saw. I ended up shifting the ends out by the width of some scrap 1x6 to be sure that none of the bottles would be blocked. Ann extra inch on each end would allow everything to be flush.2. When using the hole saw to cut out the 4" holes, I found it to be helpful to cut out the two on each end first. I had one board split on me on the last hole due to a knot...see more »Loved this. I made this for my GF as a Christmas gift. Here a couple of items of constructive criticism (pun intended) that I discovered as I was building mine.1. I would have cut the shelves at 42" instead of 40". The first mark for pilot holes would be at 6", then every 5" after that. Reason: The scoop on the back shelf ended up being partially blocked by the side uprights when using a 4" hole saw. I ended up shifting the ends out by the width of some scrap 1x6 to be sure that none of the bottles would be blocked. Ann extra inch on each end would allow everything to be flush.2. When using the hole saw to cut out the 4" holes, I found it to be helpful to cut out the two on each end first. I had one board split on me on the last hole due to a knot in the wood. Thankfully, it split down the middle, so I was able to salvage it.3. I found that taking only 1/2" off the bottom of the front shelves did not fully make the bottles lean forward. Although I didn't experiment, it seems that 3/4" would have been sufficient to achieve this goal.4. I used Spax Screws like you did (awesome screws BTW). Even though pre-drilling is unnecessary, I would highly recommend doing it anyways, especially when attaching the "crossbar" pieces to the uprights. I found that without pre-drilling, the short 2x4s would twist or shift as I was attaching them to the uprights, even when I had them clamped in. With a pilot hole, the screw went right in without moving the board. A little bit of extra work at the beginning saved a lot of extra time and frustration in the end.5. Lastly, this is more of a piece of constructive criticism when it comes to writing instructions, specifically when giving directions on how to build something. Always write your directions for building a single unit. Your quantities should always reflect the amount needed for a single unit. If you are going to build additional units, you should never include specific quantities in your directions. For example, in steps 7 and 8, you reference the fact that you are building two units, so you wrote the quantities for two units. The human brain is a funny thing. When reading directions, it is common to lock into the specifics like numbers, quantities, lengths, etc. and glaze over words. The same way that we can raed wdors wtih ltetrs in ayn odrer, our minds will "fill in the details." So, if you say, "I'm building two, so I cut 40 boards," it's likely the reader will actually interpret this as "Cut 40 boards." This obviously means that the reader will be making twice the number of boards they need if only building one unit. The most effective way around this is to use words instead of numbers. For example, "You will need 2 per shelf, so 20 supports. I'm building two units, so I doubled that number." Thank you for such an awesome Instructable. My GF and I look forward to filling it up with bottles!

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