Building a Wine Rack: Simple Steps for the DIY Person
If you are a wine enthusiast and a real DIY type of person, you may want to try your hand at building a wine rack to your specifications, rather than relying on someone else to do it or buying one in a box. Of course, any rack you buy will probably have to be put together, but if you really want to know how to make a wine rack you have to do it yourself!
The first thing you want to think about when you’re building a wine rack is what kind of rack you want. You can have one that hangs on the wall, one that rests against the wall, one that rests on the countertop or a huge floor-to-ceiling rack perfect for a wine cellar. For this example, we’re going with one that you can mount on the wall or place on your countertop.
Next, you have to choose what kind of wood you want when you are building a wine rack. There are many different kinds, obviously, but if you’ve ever done any sort of woodworking you probably have a preference for a certain kind. For this example, we are using cherry because it’s easy to use and has a very nice finish.
First, cut your end panels to 6 x 12″. Then cut the cross rails that will hold the bottles to 3 x 24″. Next, you’ll need a dado set on your table saw to cut notches (or dados) into the cross rails and end panels, which will allow them to interlock. Make sure you measure everything and line it all up before you cut.
Next, you’ll need a hole saw to cut the arches into the cross rails to support your bottles. You’ll need to cut a larger hole for the base of the bottle, and a smaller one for the neck. Make sure the arches you cut are a bit bigger than the bottles. Use a drum sander to smooth the edges on the arches, and an orbital sander on the flat surfaces.
To beautify the wood, apply a couple of coats of tung oil. Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, but don’t allow it to dry. Wipe off the excess with a clean cloth. All that’s left is putting it together!
All in all, anybody with the right tools can put together a rack such as this one. It’s just a few simple steps and you’re good to go! If you are a novice woodworker, you might want to have a few extra pieces of wood on hand in case you make any mistakes, and as always “measure twice, cut once!” If this style of wine rack is not what you’re looking for, a quick search on your favorite search engine for “building a wine rack” will reveal many results and can point you to one of the other styles that will work better for you.