Wine Glass Shelf


1/4″ thick wood for bending (Oak bends the best)
3/4″ plywood (to create the forms you will bend the shapes against)
finish nails
Wood stain (if desired)
Clear satin wood poly or lacquer
Sand Paper
Lots of Clamps
Steam Bending Box, safety gloves and water

Step 1: Set Up Your Steam Bending Box

To bend wood and make it stay therein shape you would like to steam it. I built a steam bending box employing a kit I bought from a well-liked online wood working retailer.

For this project, I found that the 1/4″ oak I used needed to steam within the box for a minimum of 20 minutes at full boil temp.

Place the strips you’ll bend within the box – they ought to be longer than you will need – you’ll always trim them down later (as I did).

Make sure your woodĀ is goodĀ and straight grained –Ā it’llĀ haveĀ a bentĀ to tear out and splitĀ round theĀ bends if not (thisĀ also canĀ occur ifĀ you do notĀ steam the wood long enough).

Step 2: Steam Wrap and Clamp

ALERT!Ā confirmĀ you’reĀ wearing proper protective clothing and gloves when accessing wood from the steaming box –Ā you’llĀ be severely burned if you don’t!

You needĀ to figureĀ fast with the wood onceĀ you’re takingĀ it out of the box –Ā you’llĀ steam multiple pieces, but only take one piece out at a time.

PullĀ a bitĀ out and immediately clamp it in multiple areasĀ round theĀ form.Ā you’llĀ seeĀ within theĀ pics that I drilled holesĀ within theĀ form for the clampsĀ to suitĀ into,Ā and that iĀ used thin blocks against the woodĀ therefore theĀ clampsĀ didn’tĀ mar the wood.

Keep these pieces clamped forĀ a couple ofĀ hoursĀ to formĀ sure the wood staysĀ within theĀ intended shapes.

Step 3: Assemble the Pieces

This design includes 3 pieces – the bell, plus two piecesĀ to formĀ up the stem. I had to steamĀ a couple ofĀ stem piecesĀ to urgeĀ two that had matching angles on the feet as they slopeĀ faraway fromĀ the vertical sections of the stems.

Carefully drill down into the stems from the bell, keepingĀ an areaĀ between the pieces.Ā don’tĀ attached pieces yet.

Sand and stain or sand and sealĀ as requiredĀ , using your favorite finishes. Doing this while unassembled allows youĀ to urgeĀ in between all areas.

Attach the piecesĀ to everyĀ other with screws.

To hang on the wall, I drill angled holesĀ within theĀ back of the bell section at its widest point. I took two small #6 finish nails and snipped the heads off of them. I then inserted them into these holes, securing them with CA glue. When done,Ā you ought toĀ have two nailsĀ protrudingĀ and pointing downward when viewed from the side.

Pushing downward as you place the shelf into the wall will keep the unitĀ in situĀ while you load it up with corks or other objects.

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