Home Made Wine Racks: Is this Option for You?

If you are wild about wine and love doing things yourself, chances are you’ve thought about making a home made wine rack at one time or another. The best thing about a home made wine rack is that you can customize it to fit your specifications exactly. What it all comes down to is that if you really want to know how to make a home made wine rack you have to break down and do it yourself!

When you first set out to learn how to make a home made wine rack you have to figure out what sort of wine rack you want, first and foremost. Do you want a wall-hanging rack, a rack that rests against a wall, a rack that sits on a countertop or a floor-to-ceiling type found in a wine cellar? Here we will be going over the type of rack that can rest comfortably on a countertop or also be wall-mounted.

You also need to figure out what type of wood you want to use when you setting out to make a home made wine rack. Those who’ve done some woodworking probably have some sort of preference for one wood or another, but here we will be using cherry. Cherry is a very easy wood to work with and always turns out nice in the end.

Alright, let’s dig into making your home made wine rack. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut the end panels to 6 x 12″. Next, cut your cross rails (which will hold your bottles) to 3 x 24″. For the next step, you will need a dado set for your table saw. Using this, you can cut dados (i.e., notches) into your cross rails and end panels, allowing them to interlock. Of course, always make sure that you double check all your measurements and line everything up before cutting anything.

Once you have the basic structure, you will need a hole saw so you can cut arches into your cross rails. These arches will support the bottles, so make sure that you cut arches that are a bit bigger than your bottles. Cut a small hole for the neck of the bottle, and a larger one for the base. Next, use an orbital sander to smooth out the flat surfaces and a drum sander on the arches.

To spice it up a bit, put a couple coats of tung oil on the rack. Let it sit for a few minutes, but don’t let it dry. Wipe off the extra oil and put the rack together!

Pretty much anybody with a little know-how can make this sort of home made wine rack. If you don’t have a lot of experience with woodworking, keep some extra wood on hand in case something goes wrong, and always measure twice, cut once. This is actually good advice for woodworkers of any skill level! If you need a different kind of wine rack, do a quick search on the Internet for “home made wine rack” and you will find a lot of information that can help you get going. No matter what kind of home made wine rack you make, the feeling of accomplishment you’ll have – and the nice wine rack – will last for years on end!