How to Make a Wine Rack: For the DIY Wine Collector




If you are wild about wine and a DIY specialist, chances are you’ve thought about making your own wine rack at one time or another. The best thing about making your own wine rack is that you can customize it to fit exactly what you need. What it all boils down to is that if you really want to know how to make a wine rack you have to break down and do it yourself!
When you first set out to learn how to make a wine rack you have to figure out what sort of wine rack you need. 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 sit on a countertop or be wall-mounted.
You also need to figure out what type of wood you want to use when you setting out to learn how to make a wine rack. Those who’ve done a bit woodworking probably have some sort of preference for one wood or another, but here we will be recommending that you use cherry.
Alright, let’s dig into how to make a 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 spruce the rack up a bit, put on a couple coats of tung oil. Let it sit for a few minutes, but you don’t want it to dry. Wipe off the extra tung oil and put it together!
Pretty much anybody with a little know-how can make this sort of 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. If you need a different kind of wine rack, do a quick search online for “how to make a wine rack” and you find all sorts of information that can help you get started. No matter what kind of wine rack you make, the feeling of accomplishment you’ll have will last for years!