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This is the image that made me do a double take. The structural pole now provides a base for the wine bottles, which are practically begging to be pulled down and uncorked.
Mayone drilled holes through the walnut and into the 2-by-4s, then fit the rods into the holes. Oldenburger recommends using tape while drilling to minimize splintering. "Measure your cuts on the aluminum rods by the length of the bottle and then add the additional inches for the wood which will hold it in place," she says.
Each bottle is cradled by two rods, giving it the appearance that it is floating. Oldenburger also kept in mind that the rack would not always be full of bottles. "The empty rods created a sculptural work of art that echoed the cabinet pulls in the kitchen," she says. She used a fine-grit sandpaper to give these rods a brushed nickel look that matches her kitchen hardware.