How to Build a Wine Rack

Wine Rack

If you’re a wine collector or even if you just enjoy an occasional vintage bottle of wine, you’ll need a place to store your collection. A small wooden wine rack can be built easily using the following materials:

Wood (amount varies based on the size of rack you’ll be making). A board which is 3″ x 3/4″ x 60″ will make a rack which will hold 10 bottles. Pine is very soft and easy to work with but for a sturdier, more durable rack, harder woods like poplar or cherry are better choices.

Primer and paint

  • Mounting screws (size and type depends upon where you will mount the rack)
  • 1-1/2″ wood screws

Tools you’ll need are:

  • Table saw
  • Bandsaw, scroll saw or jigsaw
  • Sandpaper and/or disc sander
  • clamp
  • Paintbrush

Start by cutting a 32″ length to serve as the base. The 10 loops can be cut from the remaining wood. The best way to cut the loops is to cut one, then use it as a template to cut the remaining 9 with a jigsaw, scroll saw or bandsaw. The loops look similar to shower curtain hooks, with the holes drilled out to 1-1/2″”.

This should accommodate any wine bottle you might have. To prevent any tear-out from where the bit exits your wood, place a scrap piece of wood underneath before cutting. Now layout the location of the loops. It helps to make a zig-zag pattern back and forth across the base at 45-degree angles. Each loop will be secured to the base with 2 wood screws from the backside. Mark the hole locations for the loops so that the screws won’t hit the large hole in each loop. Drill through clearance holes for the wood screws.

Clamp a loop in its location and drill pilot holes in the bottoms of the loop for the wood screws. The clamp should be firm, but should not dig into the wood of the loop. After drilling the holes, fasten the wood screws to secure each loop to the base. With a softwood like pine, you won’t have to countersink the heads of the screw, but this may be necessary when working with hardwoods.

To finalize the assembly, drill three or four clearance holes between loops for the mounting screws. Make sure that you have mounting holes at the ends of the rack, as well as the middle. Thoroughly sand all surfaces, then primer. After the primer is completely dry, paint, dry, and apply a second coat of paint. For a natural look to the wood, stain, and apply polyurethane. You can build larger racks with this same plan by simply doubling the dimensions and supplies.

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