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Our namesake the Baltimore Clipper Schooner, "Vigilant" sailed commercially on the world's oceans for over 130 years. For us here at Vigilant it represents superior design, durability, dependability and value. All of the wine cellars, wine racks, wine cellar doors, custom cabinetry and millwork, cigar and gun cabinets that bear the Vigilant name are crafted with those values in mind. We build our products using the finest materials and craftsmanship for the enjoyment of our customers.
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Are Hardwood Wine Cellar Doors Better than Doors Made of LVL?

Posted By on May 27, 2015

Vigilant Woodworks utilizes only the highest-quality materials and employs skilled New England craftsmen to create the finest products. Our hand crafted wine cellar doors are a perfect example of the finest craftsmanship. Each door is fashioned from hand-selected, 1-3/4″ thick superior hardwood. Choose a solid poplar, mahogany or custom wood frame. No unnatural or toxic materials are used when constructing our cellar doors, as we don’t want to undermine the integrity of our product. All Vigilant wood/glass doors utilize High R Value- Argon Filled, Insulated, Tempered, Low E Panels to provide a higher R- Value than standard insulated glass panels. Each Vigilant Door is pre-hung in a 3/4″ solid wood jamb with a threshold, door sweep and door seal to help maintain the perfect storage environment for your wine cellar.


This image shows a solid piece of mahogany hardwood used in all our wine cellar doors.

Need a door in a hurry? Lead time on many of our standard doors is only 2-3 weeks. Or, if none of our standard door options work for you, just let us know and we are happy to design and build a door to suit your exact needs.

Unfortunately, our competitors don’t always hold themselves to an equally strict standard. Many choose Laminate Veneer Lumber (LVL) when fashioning their cellar doors. While these doors are called “solid wood,” they are in fact not a solid piece of hardwood but a series of thin wood strips, glued together to make the frame. These thin wood strips are fastened together with toxic glue, containing chemicals that may be harmful to the environment. This engineered wood is cemented together in the same manner as plywood, creating a random (and unappealing) pattern. Many of our competitors use only standard double paned glass, offering minimal insulation value.


Laminated Veneer Lumber is not the same quality as solid hardwood.

So if you’re seeking unsurpassed craftsmanship and a commitment to excellence, we think you’re in the right place! Just call, email or fill out a door request here to get a quote today.



Vigilant Woodworks of Dover, NH Receives Best of Houzz 2015 Design Award

Posted By on January 26, 2015

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Vigilant Woodworks is awarded “Best of Houzz 2015″ for Wine Cellar Designs.

We are proud to announce we have been awarded “Best of Houzz 2015″ for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Our wine cellar designs have been chosen as the most popular by the more than 25 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

If you’re thinking about building a wine cellar contact our wine cellar specialists today! We’re happy to answer your questions and help you achieve your dream wine cellar.

1(888) 812-4427 or email us: sales@vigilantinc.com

Vigilant Woodworks Custom Wine Cellar

Custom Wine Cellar





Vigilant Glass and Steel Wine Cabinets Grace New Baltimore Horseshoe Casino

Posted By on November 8, 2014

When Caesar’s Entertainment and the team at Whiting Turner Construction needed a large glass and steel wine display to frame the entrance to the Binion’s Steak House in the new Baltimore Horseshoe Casino, they turned to Vigilant to make it happen. The new $440 million, 122,000 square foot casino and entertainment complex is adjacent to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and both Camden Yards and M&T Bank Fields, homes to the Baltimore Orioles and Raven’s.

Vigilant wine cabinets for Baltimore Horseshoe Casino

Vigilant glass and steel wine cabinets for Binion’s Steak House in the new Baltimore Horseshoe Casino

Vigilant was able to meet all of the very complex and intricate design requirements and specific functional specifications, all within a tight construction budget and timeline.  Vigilant provided a turnkey solution, starting from design, materials selection, to fabrication and complete installation.

Key Project Players:

  • Owner – Caesar’s Entertainment Group, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Contractor – Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Baltimore, MD
  • Architect – Friedmutter Architecture and Design Studios, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Wine Cabinet Supplier – Vigilant, Incorporated, Dover, NH

Project Statistics:

  • Constructed using custom bronze metal cladding and insulated glass
  • At ten feet tall, displays 892 bottles of wine visible on four sides
  • LED lighting and state-of-of-the-art cooling systems
  • Constant red wine serving temperatures between 55 and 68 degrees

For more information on Vigilant wine cabinets visit http://vigilantinc.com/wine-cabinets/index.php

Wine Cabinets or a Wine Cellar?

Posted By on October 2, 2014

The choice between a wine cabinet or a wine cellar might be simpler than you think.

Custom Wine Cellar

Custom wine cellars offer a beautiful addition to a home or restaurant.

For wine lovers, the thought of having your own wine cellar can be a romantic and compelling dream.  And why not?  A wine cellar brings legitimacy and a connection to the origins of vintage wine and it rates number one on the house or restaurant tour.



Vigilant refrigerated wine cabinets line the hallways to the Army Navy Country Club great room

Custom refrigerated wine cabinets line the hallways to a great room. Vigilant’s refrigerated wine cabinets can be designed and installed in any room.

However, when weighing all of the factors involved in solving your wine storage needs, wine cabinets may be the better choice.  This is true for both residential and hospitality projects.  In fact, wine cabinets win out across the board on storage conditions, ambiance, cost, and ease of installation. Let’s take a case where you are looking to store 1,000 bottles of wine.


Because they are smaller than cellars, cabinets offer more precise temperature control. With lower cooling requirements, narrower thermostat ranges, and optional separate zones for storing and serving whites, champagnes, and red varietals, cabinets simply take better care of your wine.


wine cabinets with cigar humidor

Wine cabinets can be both functional and beautiful. These custom built-in wine cabinets offer perfect storing temperatures as well as visibility of the wine. Display rows show off choice bottles of wine. A cigar humidor was also built into the cabinet.


As mentioned earlier, it is hard to beat the atmosphere and romance of a walk-in wine cellar.  However, cellars have their drawbacks.  At 55 degrees, they are not a place where one lingers to decant and begin imbibing with friends.  Additionally, enjoying the cellar from the outside assumes a well-oriented glass door and cellar lighting, readily viewed through an elegant tasting area beyond.  With a bank of custom-designed wood and glass wine cabinets, your wine can be on display in its full glory for all to see in the room of your choosing. Glass backs and pre-installed lighting, will add to the dramatic display your wine.

Cost and Installation:

Vigilant custom refrigerated wine cabinets with etched glass

Bank of custom refrigerated wine cabinets with etched glass, arched display, led lighting and more features. Holds up to 2,000 wine bottles.

Building a wine cellar is a major construction project that will be expensive and disruptive.  Demolition, framing, wiring, plumbing, insulation, lighting, flooring, drywall, wood and painting are just some of the aspects of such a project.  The estimated cost for building out the room, sourcing the cooling and wine racking can easily add up to $40,000 when all said and done.  A bank of custom wine cabinets can be installed in a day and may save you up to $10,000 or more in the process.

So when planning that next wine cellar project, consider letting your wine escape the cellar by finding a home in a beautiful wine cabinet.

Vigilant Custom Refrigerated Wine Cabinets for Union Commons in TN

Posted By on August 18, 2014

In September of 2013, Vigilant began collaborating with Lynh Nguyen of LDN Interiors to design a wine display for the new Union Commons restaurant in Nashville Tennessee. After numerous discussions with Ms. Nguyen and Brett Davis, one of the owners, Vigilant created a conditioned wine display cabinet design to bring their vision of a modern, art deco style wine display to life. Brett, a partner with DC Management, is one of 135 sommeliers in the country to hold the ‘Master Sommelier’ designation.  So, not only were aesthetics of importance, functionality and ideal serving and storage conditions were also critical components of the design.

Ebony stained bank of Vigilant Chilled Wine Cabinets

The finished wine cabinets filled with wine and ready for the grand opening!

Vigilant custom bank of ebonized mahogany wine cabinets

The finished and installed 28 foot long bank of custom refrigerated ebonized mahogany wine cabinets.

With these goals in mind, Vigilant designed a 28′ long wine display that included ebonized mahogany cabinets with metal wine bottle displays, brushed brass metal accents and glass display shelves. At close to 9′ in height, a custom rolling ladder was added for easy access to the bottles stored in the top of the cabinets. Translucent acrylic panels back lit with LED lighting completed the dramatic look. On the functional side, the cabinets display 1000 standard size wine bottles and  48 magnum and champagne bottles while 3 self contained cooling units maintain ideal serving temperatures for both red & white wine.

Interior view of Union Commons refrigerated wine cabinets

Translucent acrylic panels backlit with LED lighting illuminate wine bottles in the metal display rods.

Destails on wine cabinets can add any artisic style to fit into the decor of any room

Details like the brushed brass Art Deco accents, backlit panels and custom ladder create a dramatic look

Union Commons is scheduled to open in early Fall 2014. We wish them years of success and a multitude of clients to enjoy their remarkable wine collection displayed in these custom Vigilant wine cabinets.

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