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A designer I'm working with wants me to build a wine cabinet with glass doors, led lights on the bottom, and refrigeration. I've done similar pieces before, but never with refrigeration. She says she has someone that can provide the mechanical parts to make this work, but I haven't seen any specs yet. I believe she wants to locate the mechanical components in the crawl space underneath the cabinet.
Any thoughts on this? My concerns are ventilation, humidity and how chilled air will affect the finish and veneered panels I'd be making the cabinet with.
Have somebody get and pay for a blessing from a good refridgeration guy. we built a really big one some years age and the GC did not use moisture resistant shhetrock or follow the specs in any form. the vent from the unit backed up to and went thru that wall, three years later the homeowner calls us to dismantle part of it (thank God we made the racking removable) The Mold in that wall was really a mess and the client was a lung surgeon, the refidge guy and Us were off the hook as we had followed the specs to a T.. good read is Wine spectator, and companies who sell the units will help with specs
We built a 30' diameter wine room 14 years ago that had refrigerated cabinets and even a humidor all built in. The refrigeration was and HVAC was all done by a regular HVAC contractor. All Cherry solids and veneered hardwood plywood. Conversion Varnish, as I recall.
I just had occasion to go back and visit the room due to a roof leak that damaged some of the woodwork (the leak is not related to the room, but the patio above). Basically, the room looked fine, no buckled veneer, no warp, no nightmares, large or small. I did spot a few small areas of mold growing and pointed this out to the staff. The mold tells me that the fans are not adequate to move the cool air (55 degrees) thru the cabinets. Each cabinet is open to its neighbor, with compression gaskets on all the doors and 3 point latching.
Thanks for the responses James and David. I've discussed this with the client, and I think we're going to skip the humidification. We also may clad the the interior with stainless steel sheet metal.
Fantastic work on that wine room David!