Folding Wine Stand: Perfect for Picnics. Summer Fun!

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

Joy and Sadness made such a great team, but my favorite character was Riliey’s imaginary childhood friend, Microjig. Maker of the GRR-RIPPER Work Safer. Work Smarter. This week’s episode is also sponsored by NatureBox. If you like this stand and would like to own
it yourself, I’m auctioning it off to raise money for the Make-A Wish Foundation. I’ll have more information at the end of this
video. A viewer to the show recently posted a picture of one of these on Facebook and asked if I could make one. It sticks into the ground and holds a bottle of wine and a glass on each side. The top is twelve inches or 30 cm in diameter. I’ll edge joint these three boards on my table
saw and glue them together. These two boards will create the leg. On one of these boards, I’m using a straight bit on my router to cut a groove from the bottom to about two thirds of the
way up. This will hold the steel rod that goes into
the ground. I’ll use a hacksaw to cut this steel rod down
to size. And I can glue this into that slot with some
epoxy. I’ll glue the two boards together with wood
glue. With that leg piece all dried up I can use my plans to draw out the taper and
other cuts. And I’ll cut it out on my band saw. This hole is for the hinge. I need to round off this corner so the table
top has room to swing. Over here at my router, I’ll ease over the
edges with a roundover bit. These two little blocks will hold the outside
of the hinge. Cutting off this corner isn’t really necessary, I just think it looks a little nicer. And just when everything was going along swimmingly, I realized that I made this top piece too
narrow. I should have added another board on it because I need it to be square. And unfortunately, that’s all of the cherry
wood I have left. So, when life gives you lemons, you put in some filler strips! First, I’ll slice up my hard work. Luckily, I have enough walnut leftover that
I can cut it into a couple of strips. Sure, gluing up panels is fun, but gluing up the same panel twice is twice as fun! Well now I’m back on track with the right
sized board. And remember: What do you call this kind of recovery? It’s going to be easiest to make all of the
cuts on this if I start out with a perfect square. This cutting template will make cutting all
the shapes really easy. I’ll attach it with spray adhesive. I’ll cut these all out on my drill press using
a hole saw. I’ll drill out the two sides of the handle using this smaller, Forstner bit. You know, I think the fact that my stripes
are off centered really adds to the tension and drama of this
piece. In fact, with that offset, I kinda think now
that this transcends “extra fancy”, becoming a Bold Artistic Statement. I’m running this dowel through these pieces
so I can see exactly where I need to position these little
blocks. This is the hole for the wine bottle and it drops into that little ledge so these are going to go like that. I removed the leg and I cut this dowel down a little shorter. I’m going to keep it in there to help me keep these two blocks aligned while I glue it up. It will be easier to finish these pieces with spray lacquer before I assemble them. I’m putting some tape on here so I can hopefully prevent scratching the finish with my saw. If you have a dowel that doesn’t fit as tightly as this one, you can secure it by driving a screw through this piece, through the dowel, and into the top. {NatureBox Advertisement} And I’d like to thank you for watching this
week’s episode of Woodworking for Mere Mortals. If you’d like to build one of these yourself, check below for a free set of plans. And if you’d like to own this cherry and walnut bold artistic statement, also check below for a link on how you can
place a bid. And as always, remember that 100% of your
winning bid goes to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you enjoyed this video, please take a moment to subscribe to Woodworking for Mere Mortals where I post new woodworking videos every
Friday. And don’t forget to post pictures of projects
you’ve made over at I’d love to see what you’re making. Thanks for watching everybody. I’ll see you next week.


Marcelo Freitas

Jun 6, 2015, 11:20 pm Reply

Extra fancy project. Thank you for the great video and brilliant job you´ve been done. Thanks to MicroJig and Nature Box for sponsoring the show.

Mohamed Islam

Jun 6, 2015, 11:24 pm Reply

what's the use of the steel pillar

Larry Rockwell

Jun 6, 2015, 11:31 pm Reply

Hey Steve you should get a lathe and turn some wood


Jun 6, 2015, 11:39 pm Reply

So you have an issue with people taking your content, taking credit and making money off of it, i.e. freebooting on Facebook, and rightfully so…  But isn't this kinda of the opposite where you are taking another design from facebook and making money off of it? Where is the reference to the original inspiration? 

Just playing devils advocate here. Honestly curious about your take on it.


Jestin Atkinson

Jun 6, 2015, 11:39 pm Reply

Woooooahhh A little close to the blade at about 45 sec in. Be careful. I like to watch you with all 10 fingers in place.


Jun 6, 2015, 11:42 pm Reply

Raise your sander up 1 foot.


Jun 6, 2015, 11:49 pm Reply

I did not realize that I have made "bold artistic statements" many of times! Thanks Steve!

Marc Eaton

Jun 6, 2015, 12:01 am Reply

You know we have watched Wyatt grow up.  I think I am going to try and do a drawing in my vcarve and cut this out on my ShopBot.


Jun 6, 2015, 12:45 am Reply

"First, I'll slice up my hard work" haha couldn't half tell you were unhappy about that


Jun 6, 2015, 12:45 am Reply

It's all fun and games, but the Bold Artistic Statement made me think… a lot.

Jim Hester

Jun 6, 2015, 1:13 am Reply

Nice project, Steve. After my son made your bandsaw box as his first project, he started putting blue painter's tape on wood before putting the pattern on with spray adhesive. Much easier and cleaner to remove that way.

Jim Hester

Jun 6, 2015, 1:15 am Reply

Did you consider using purpleheart instead of walnut? Just kidding. Walnut and cherry is a nice combination of colors.

BD and the Pack

Jun 6, 2015, 2:38 am Reply

Like always… great project. I love the end result and the choice of wood used. Only thing I would do any differently is to change the size a bit to allow for a bowl of snacks in the middle. 🙂


Jun 6, 2015, 3:00 am Reply

You don''t make mistakes, you just make happy little incidents.

Wally Ginter

Jun 6, 2015, 3:08 am Reply

I love this project

stephen dickinson

Jun 6, 2015, 3:21 am Reply

Thanks Steve.  My sister would like one of those.  Perhaps.  Naaaa.


Jun 6, 2015, 3:47 am Reply

bold artistic statement, remove artistic and you have "BS", lol…
Steve, with a few changes, this would make a mini picnic table or a cup and plate.
it would need to lock when using it. thanks, Tim Sluder

Stanley Pearse

Jun 6, 2015, 4:12 am Reply

Great job Steve!  That glue up boo boo really turned out in your favor.

Alexander Neill

Jun 6, 2015, 4:27 am Reply

Nice video, Steve! Wyatt is lucky to have you as a dad. 🙂

Houtje Boom – Be Creative

Jun 6, 2015, 4:39 am Reply

Yep…. this looks familier… I made one for the 2×4 challange only without the holes. Don't drink so much wine and it is more useble and gave it a colour.

phx rizn

Jun 6, 2015, 6:10 am Reply

Steve could you tell me what program / software you use to make your patterns? I would like a program that is fairly easy to use. Thanks, love the show. Phx

Critical Eats Japan

Jun 6, 2015, 7:27 am Reply

Nice, I'm here for all the clamps… 😉


Jun 6, 2015, 9:14 am Reply

When you fold it up it sort of looks like……  A GUITAR.  😉


Jun 6, 2015, 9:34 am Reply

So bold – so fancy

Topher Lyell

Jun 6, 2015, 11:52 am Reply

Steve wasn't that close to the blade at 47sec.

rockgamerbr1 gamerbr

Jun 6, 2015, 12:11 pm Reply

muito bom vc tinha que fazer outro video de um banquinho dobravel,


Jun 6, 2015, 1:07 pm Reply

That wine rack looks SUPER DOUBLE EXTRA FANCY!!!

Wayne Memmler Sr

Jun 6, 2015, 1:17 pm Reply

Clearly we buy our tools from the same source, I have the exact same drill press, complete with extra fancy "patina". I just think Mathias is a smart alec.. BTY whats up with all this metric stuff, make my head hurt, besides this here is Murica.

Adam Quincey

Jun 6, 2015, 2:01 pm Reply


Jester Araiza

Jun 6, 2015, 3:01 pm Reply

Pls show me how to build directors chair or high chair for make up artist I really appreciate if you do that thank you from PHILLIPines

Seth Gee

Jun 6, 2015, 3:19 pm Reply

I love your videos and the fact that you don't cover up the mistakes while editing. It shows that mistakes happen and they can easily be fixed. Also, I had a friend ask about these the other day…I may have to use your plans. Nice work!

Andy Bushnell

Jun 6, 2015, 3:47 pm Reply

I think you replaced Norm.

Jeff Bishop

Jun 6, 2015, 4:25 pm Reply

"Bold artistic statement"….had a good laugh at that one. I believe I'll add it to my repertoire if you don't mind. Might help me set my wife's mind at ease as I'm explaining why I went back to the hardware store for more wood.

Bert de Weert

Jun 6, 2015, 7:19 pm Reply

Sharpen, harden and temper the blade and it'll be a tactical wine stand. Incase somebody wants to ruin the picknic or steal your Cabernet Sauvignon.

Simon Dambro

Jun 6, 2015, 8:44 pm Reply

Does anyone have a ebay link for the silicone glue pensil thinggy?


Jun 6, 2015, 10:28 pm Reply

What's him being 18 got to do with anything?


Jun 6, 2015, 10:53 pm Reply

Noticed that it is a little unstable perhaps a 6inch base, though that would detract from its flat pack design and beauty. Maybe 2 larger steel rods.

Lucien Lasocki

Jun 6, 2015, 1:39 am Reply

What happened to the cat tree?

Dan Dorry

Jun 6, 2015, 2:32 am Reply

Wine is awesome

Scrap wood City

Jun 6, 2015, 5:12 am Reply

It came out nice! I like the contrasting woods!

God of Thunder

Jun 6, 2015, 8:23 am Reply

How many times must I say this people? You did not make a mistake! In the tradition of the Persian rug makers, you always purposely
incorporate one flaw because perfection only exists within the realm of the creator

vishal gopalsing

Jun 6, 2015, 9:34 am Reply

it your son???

Troy’s Toolshed

Jun 6, 2015, 9:55 am Reply

Looks great. I might make a couple for my inlaws


Jun 6, 2015, 10:39 am Reply

Please change the backround music! It's awful!

e.g John

Jun 6, 2015, 12:02 pm Reply

Bet he has a recording of an orbital sander in his fancy earprotecters. Playing really loud

David Cruz

Jun 6, 2015, 2:51 pm Reply

Looks awesome. One day I may try to learn how to wood work. You did an awesome job.

Jorge Concheyro

Jun 6, 2015, 3:36 pm Reply

The proyect is great, but how much you've made me laugh was event greater. Thanks a lot!!!!

Gloria Aida Burgos

Jun 6, 2015, 4:55 pm Reply

Me gustan tus ideas y trabajos bien finos o sea de Buena calidad pero serial bueno que Los subieras con subtitulos.
The agradezco y te felicito

Xano Trevisan Kothe

Jun 6, 2015, 9:05 pm Reply

4:42 "BOLD arTistic statement ™" I'm pretty sure some fancy hipster already trademark that…


Jun 6, 2015, 9:17 pm Reply

I noticed you didn't cut relief slits in the tabletop when you were rounding/turn cutting with the bandsaw, Steve. When is it necessary to do so? Nice piece!

Crystal__ Crown

Jun 6, 2015, 9:51 pm Reply

Is nature box free?

Stephen Fletcher

Jun 6, 2015, 6:23 am Reply

Thanks for this Steve, my wife wanted me to make one of these when I saw it on Pintrest

Sawdust Woodcrafting

Jun 6, 2015, 5:28 pm Reply

I also had a number of Facebook friends sending the link and asking if I could make one. I did mine without the handle and a removable wooden peg, (that could be replaced with a metal one). I also made a tabletop snack tray like yours to match. I can post a link to my Etsy listings if you wish.


Jun 6, 2015, 9:17 pm Reply

0:30 "Sticks into the ground and holds a bottle of wine" This used to very accurately describe me once upon a time.


Jun 6, 2015, 10:34 pm Reply

well the misstake makes it look better with the strips


Jun 6, 2015, 12:43 am Reply

ITs gone beyond Extra Fancy and reached….. LUDICROUS FANCY!!!!!


Jun 6, 2015, 4:02 pm Reply

NatureBox delivers  only on US.
Can you take a partnership with someone who delivers free trials  worldwide? =D


Jul 7, 2015, 2:17 pm Reply

As always THANKS STEVE for another great video with a neat project.
This one is extra special though… "BOLD ARTISTIC STATEMENT" left me in stitches !!! (can you tell I often talk to artists?)


Jul 7, 2015, 3:10 pm Reply

Sooo sad….his childhood friend was a microjig…..

Henrique Londero

Jul 7, 2015, 8:45 pm Reply

The kid just he an existential crisis at 6:27

Qwerty Charlie

Jul 7, 2015, 11:25 am Reply

the joys of being english 🙂 i having turned 19 the novelty of being able to drink has worn off xD

Mikey Mac

Jul 7, 2015, 1:03 pm Reply

Another great project Steve, and I think it is a wonderful idea donating some of your projects to sale for the Make A Wish Foundation.

Jason McCarrick

Jul 7, 2015, 9:09 pm Reply

Just a quick comment.  CHECK YOUR WINE GLASSES BEFORE you cut the 2 holes for them.  Some wine glasses have a circumference of 10 3/4" which the 3 1/4" hole works for. I have some that are only 10" circumference so need to modify the holes slightly smaller so the glass doesn't fall through.

Sam Sabastian

Jul 7, 2015, 10:31 am Reply

Not that Steve is a really good project.   And nice to hear you using some metric measurements 🙂


Jul 7, 2015, 6:10 pm Reply

Thanks for the plans Steve,,, I'll have to give this a whirl in my spare time !!! 🙂

Evan Zerby

Jul 7, 2015, 8:40 pm Reply

+Steve Ramsey What forstner bits do you have?  I'm looking for a better set for myself now and having a heck of a time finding a quality set for less then my first born son.

Jim Rumsey

Jul 7, 2015, 1:12 am Reply

I was wondering what is the length of the steel rod s out of the bottom

Алексей Полтавцев

Jul 7, 2015, 5:25 pm Reply

прикольно получилось 8)


Jul 7, 2015, 11:24 am Reply

Can't drink at the age of 18? That's so strange…

Fabio Ludwig

Jul 7, 2015, 11:39 pm Reply

Very nice…. works with Beer? hehehehe… I will try… 😉 Cheers

Dalton Custom Rods

Jul 7, 2015, 7:47 am Reply

Just a small add on , I used 4 small magnets that I inserted into the underneath of the table top and just above the bottle ledge this stopped it flopping back and fourth and kept it stable

บุญมี รินพล

Jul 7, 2015, 10:10 am Reply

Very Goog I Dear

Graeme w

Jul 7, 2015, 9:48 pm Reply

Hey S you might find this interesting , fae Izzy swan
How to make a zero clearance insert plate for a table saw with p.v.c.
ah mm that link dinny work doh ,oh well I think you'll manage to get there keep on keeping on,

Ian Cameron

Jul 7, 2015, 11:03 am Reply

Didn't turn up in my sub feed till 19 July 2015….about 3 weeks after it was uploaded…what are you doing Google/YouTube?

mike wright

Jul 7, 2015, 8:56 pm Reply

And it could also be used as a weapon should the situation arise

Chase Konop

Aug 8, 2015, 11:15 pm Reply

I made some plans several months ago when my wife and mother wanted one. I can't find them today, And I happened to stumble on these. Thanks Steve!!!

miles webb

Feb 2, 2016, 11:41 pm Reply

So cool. I don't drink but cool


Apr 4, 2016, 9:03 am Reply

Hi Steve, good job (as always), I've almost completed this, slightly differently; I used a 20mm thick hardwood dowel for the spike, after routing the 2 legs with a round nose bit. It looks nice, time will tell if it was a wise choice. Wish I'd found your plans beforehand! What spray wood lacquer do you use? And greetings for over the pond.

Matt Baker

May 5, 2016, 2:34 pm Reply

Hi Steve, new to woodworking and have been watching your videos ! I don't have a bandsaw or hole saw , so I'm going to try a jig saw , any tips before I mess this up hahah , also thinking bout using some of the leftover steel and dowel and glueing sandpaper to it as a spindle for my drill!

Hells Belle

May 5, 2016, 3:47 pm Reply

First time I've watched your clips.
Thoroughly enjoyed it, will be back again…☺?

Bruce Ferguson

Jun 6, 2016, 2:28 am Reply

What keeps the wine bottle from falling through? The notch in the leg? Also thought you could build a stand with a hole in the center piece to put the metal rod from the table so you could use it on a patio or deck.

Paulino Costa

Aug 8, 2016, 12:57 am Reply

It's very good Project and beautiful…… thanks so much!


Aug 8, 2016, 8:14 pm Reply

Your son is absolutely adorable.


Sep 9, 2016, 9:20 am Reply

What type of bits are in your press drill, please Steve? Especially when you make large holes. Our hackerspace needs some, methinks.


Dec 12, 2016, 7:50 am Reply

how thick is the wood? Is everything a 1x?

Stephen Halyard

Jan 1, 2017, 8:40 pm Reply

Did you free hand that template or did you get it from online? Going to try my hand at this project

Russell Clark

Jun 6, 2017, 9:02 pm Reply

your plans are not 12 inches

Russell Clark

Jun 6, 2017, 9:02 pm Reply

they are 11 and 5/8

mike ill gaming

Jul 7, 2017, 4:29 am Reply

Microjig ads are funny as hell


Aug 8, 2017, 1:37 pm Reply

I think you are my favorite content creator on youtube. I rarely comment and have never felt like saying something like this but all your videos are so interesting. I'm not even a woodworker really… just a computer programmer in training.. Keep up the good work!


Aug 8, 2017, 12:35 am Reply

Steve, the second panel for the top was an accidental mistake of genius. It looks perfect, and extra fancy…with a Bold artistic statement. Very nice indeed

Raul Fuster

Sep 9, 2017, 4:14 pm Reply

I have started this project this weekend and ran into a huge problem. Trying to drill the holes with a hole saw was a nightmare. Did you use a special hole saw or do you have a trick from keeping it from binding? It screwed up my drill press.

Marcelo Oliveira

Oct 10, 2017, 9:42 pm Reply

Hello Steve, you're the best. Here in Brazil I've always been watching your videos!

Brookesedge Designs

Feb 2, 2018, 2:40 am Reply

I’ve recently made one of these tables. I made one upgrade to the design. Instead of a fixed metal stake I replaced it with a 3/4” coupling nut and screwed in a 5/16” X 8” bolt this way the stake can be removed. You can also make a base for it to stand on hard surfaces and just screw it in using the coupling nut inside the leg. Thanks for the how too.


Feb 2, 2018, 3:09 am Reply

What is the thickness of the top and the total thickness of the leg?


May 5, 2018, 4:59 pm Reply

I'm laughing out loud Steve, love the arty references. found myself saying you should have your show but then you do lol

Douglas Adams

Nov 11, 2018, 4:33 am Reply

Funny funny guy. Great video

Darren Hawkes

Jan 1, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

Hi I'm attempting this I do wood work as my physiotherapy after my strokes

Marilin Mamolite

Apr 4, 2019, 12:50 pm Reply

Genial ????


Aug 8, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

You‘re hand was pretty close to the blade! ? 0:48

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