We completed the house in November 2007
and I never liked the kitchen. In particular, I hated
the wet bar. The sink was all wrong and we used the wetbar tabletop as a place
to stack glasses, which always ended up getting
broken when someone bumped it
in a drunken stupor.
idea was to build an inverted wineglass
rack like the nice ones in restaurant
bars. The first step was architectural.
I didn't know whether the builders
of the house had reinforced the soffit above the wetbar so I
had to dig into it through the
drywall and insulation to confirm.
Good thing, because it was woefully weak and without
support. I installed some
reinforcement support beams and found all the places where I could drive support screws into studs so that the planned project didn't
come crashing down after
reinforcement, I replaced all of the lost insulation
from the soffit and re-sealed
all the drywall.
The idea was to build a hanging frame
from which to hang wine glasses. This
welding was the easiest part.
To avoid having to break my balls
attaching this bastard to the ceiling,
I welded up a
top-frame to which the
hanging frame will attach. The top frame
attaches to all of the 2x4 supports in the
soffit. To match the wine theme from
the rathskeller, I painted the
inside of the frame with the same
color as the rathskeller.
some nice oak hardwood planks and cut them to the
length of the frame. I had to use a router to get
the cut-outs for the wineglass bases just right.
This looks kind of like a wooden xylophone
but it is the inverted rack with all of
the panels attached.
After I was sure that everything fit and was level, I stained the oak slats
with burgundy stain and the hanging frame with oil-rubbed bronze paint.
Finally everything is assembled and installed. Happy Wine Time is just slightly more convenient. The only
afterthought is perhaps making
this beast a foot lower because anyone shorter than 5'9'' is going to need a
stepladder to reach anything. Good
thing that I'm 5'11'' :)