One of our members got married yesterday, and I crafted a fine gift for him and his wife at the Makerspace. The happy couple enjoys whisky, and I thought that providing a tour might be a nice idea. The tour starts at inexpensive bourbon, moves through wheated whiskies, and on to rye. The tour continues in Scotland with some easy to enjoy Sherry cask finish bottlings, and then moves on to rare, Islay and finally mature bottlings (25 Year old Talisker!).
I found some old mohogany baseboard that had some aging varnish on one side and some old caulking on another. After cutting two 18″ long sections, a few minutes of belt-sanding had them looking great. I used a 1 1/4″ Forstner drill bit to bore 0.3″ deep pockets for the bottles to fit in. I used one of our two laser cutters to etch the name/age/proof of each of the whisky sample on top, plus a congratulatory message on the reverse side. To bring out the rich orangy-red mahogany color, I wiped on Beeswax / Mineral Oil . Check it out close up, while imagining the symbolism of things getting better with age!