I was in a bind. My brother was coming and I forgot about his birthday gift. So I figured out How to Make a Small Wine Butler from Scrap Wood–because he loves wine and this is the perfect gift!
See, I’m not huge on remembering birthdays. It’s one of my failings.
I don’t send cards and I never, ever have a plan.
And, as a result, I suck.
But, when I realized my brother was going to be in town and that he was coming for a belated-birthday celebration with my parents, I was inspired to make a fun gift.
Something he’d really love.
So, I made this Small Wine Butler from Scrap Wood.
Sure, it’s zebra wood, but it was a scrap–a leftover piece from one of my dad’s big projects years ago, and also the same piece of wood my husband had practiced carving on a few years after that. LOL!
A truly true piece of scrap wood.
With that in hand, it was a very simple project.
Zip, zip, zip and 20 minutes later, I was ready to seal it.
And now I can give him this DIY wine butler and he’ll totally be impressed.
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Now onto the tutorial.
What You Need to Make a Small Wine Butler from Scrap Wood
- 1 piece of scrap wood, 3/4 to 1/4 -inch thick, at least 12-inches long and 4-inches wide
- Drill press or drill
- Hand sander and sand paper
- Tung Oil
How to Make a Small Wine Butler from Scrap Wood
- Sketch-out what you want on a piece of paper. I wanted a slot on each side that was 4-inches long and 1/2 inches wide, to accommodate my wine glasses, but yours may have thinner stems, so measure first. I also wanted my hole to be an inch wide to accommodate just about any wine bottle.
- Clean-up your scrap wood by trimming the ends square and planing the wood, if necessary. My scrap of zebra wood was a little twisted and had been used as a prior experiment in carving, so I had to plane quite a bit off. To do this, I hot glued it to a piece of OSB scrap I had. That gave my scrap one side that was flat then, so I could flip it over and plane the other side.
- Transfer your measurements from your paper onto the wood.
- Clamp your scrap wood to your workbench, then, using your jig saw, cut the channels for the wine glass stems. Try to keep the sides as straight as possible. If you have a band saw, using it would make for a much more efficient cutting procedure–but this is what I had.
- Drill a 1-inch wide hole in the center of your wood, then two 1/2-inch holes at the end of your wine glass stem channels.
- Sand your piece on all sides and in the channels and holes.
- Seal with Tung oil.
- Add wine glasses and a bottle of wine!
And it took 20 minutes from start to finish, then I let it sit overnight with the Tung oil.
You should probably sand and seal it again, but I didn’t have time for that–so it was into a box and ready for gifting as soon as I got up the next morning.
And my brother loved it.
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