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    Pairing Wine with Duck

    Here we go, my first post outside of the Intro forum. I recently landed my first sorta-real commission. After seeing my woodworking posts on Facebook, a coworker asked if I could come up with a stand of some sort for a taxidermy display. Her husband had gone on a bucket list duck hunting trip to Saint Paul Island (way out in the Bering Sea) and had four of them mounted in a museum style setting. The mount itself is pretty nice but the base left a lot to be desired:


    Left: male and female Harlequin ducks. Right: male and female Long-tail ducks.
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    The joinery is bad enough to make refinishing a poor option, so I decided to completely enclose it in the stand...and since they are wine enthusiasts, I came up with a design to make the stand multifuntional:



    ...and to put it in perspective:

    Note: Yes, I know those are wood ducks in my model but the 3D library didn't have any others that would work!
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    Nice looking design Brett, I'm sure they will be happy with it.
    Darren

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    I agree with Darren. That looks like a great design. Looking forward to following along on the project.
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    Yep, Great design. The mount is interesting, but I agree, the wood on the original leaves a lot to be desired.
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    I like the design. Looks like a pretty ambitious project
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    Just a little behind on documenting my progress but thanks on the positive feedback so far. I got everything roughed out, milled the rails and stiles to final size, and fitted most of the tenons to their mortises:




    Just the two back rails to go before I start work on the panels.
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    Nice design and some good looking wood too.

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    Looks great, love the wood!

    After being in the business for over 20 years, I have to recommend that the wine cabinet has doors on it, two reasons;
    One, UV light is not good for wine.
    Two, tempreture swings are also hard on wine, if the cabinet has a door then room heating up during the day and cooling off in the evening, will not affect the wine as much.
    Bonus round!
    To a casual sticky fingered person, the wine would not be on full display and easy to steal, I'm thinking a house keeper, a child's friend visiting etc.

    oh yeah, Pinot Noir is the usual recommendation, but it really depends on how the duck is cooked, if you cook it with fruit, and it is sweet, then a Late Harvest Riesling is often very nice.



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    Looking good I like the choice of wood too.
    cheers

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    Looking real good!
    Darren

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