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Technical Tuesday Episode #433: Custom Black Walnut Beauty

June 25th, 2019

If you were to choose your wood for your wine racks, what would you go with? There would naturally be a number of things to consider such as budget and commercial availability of the wood type. Thankfully, we have that covered for you here at WCI. We have stock wood options that are available any time. But for those who prefer specific varieties, we also provide non-stock choices. Since we manufacture our own products, we are able to keep the cost reasonable for our clients. So for today’s Tech Tuesday, we have this beautiful custom project that deviated from the standard wood options:

Project # 298207
Wood: Custom / Black Walnut
Bottle Capacity: 394
Where: Charleston, SC

Custom Black Walnut racksOur customer from Charleston, SC requested for a compact wine storage to host their collection. Since space was quite limited, our design team went for a glass-enclosed layout. A stretch of empty wall space in the client’s home provided enough room for the project. To ensure that bottle storage is maximized, custom racking was utilized. You can see from the photos that there is a nice variety in bottle storage options. You have wine bottle displays, Open Diamond Bins, custom shelving, and even storage for magnums. Plus, glass panels and lighting accessories made the racking assembly appear really  spacious:

Storage shelves for magnumsNow let’s talk about the material for the wine racks. As we earlier mentioned, the client went for a non-stock wood option. They chose Black Walnut for the racks, complemented by a Dark Walnut Stain. Black Walnut is a very stunning wood, known for its rich color. It has an elegant appearance, even when unstained. The wood is well suited for a custom wine cellar or wine rack application. Unstained, the color includes rich chocolate brown tones that slightly vary from a “nutty” to a “dark brown” hue. If left unstained, the wood will develop a natural sheen over time. But the wood also lends itself very well to stains and finishes. In fact, Black Walnut’s dark brown color becomes more enhanced with darker stains and finishes. In this case, the racks take on a really deep hue which works brilliantly with the lighting and glass elements:

Glass-enclosed wine storage

This Black Walnut beauty had definitely won our hearts today – was it the same for you? Share your thoughts on this latest Tech Tuesday in the comments below! *Cheers*


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