Wine Rack Woodworking Plans: Finding What You Need Quickly
If you are a real do-it-yourselfer that loves wine (or has a spouse that loves wine!), you’ve probably considered making your own wine rack at some point. The best thing about doing this is that you can customize it to your personal needs. The first step in making your own wine rack is procuring a wine rack woodworking plan.
There’s no need to ever pay for a wine rack woodworking plan. All you have to do is do a quick search on your favorite search engine for “wine rack woodworking plan” and you’ll turn up dozens of hits from people willing to share their know-how for free!
Once you have your plan in hand, you first have to figure out what kind of wine rack you want. Do you need a wall-hanging rack, a rack that can rest on your countertop or a huge, floor-to-ceiling type found in most wine cellars? For our purposes, we will be going over the type of wine rack that you can either wall-mount or sit on your countertop.
You also need to discern what type of wood you want to work with for your wine rack woodworking plan. If you’ve done woodworking before, you may have a certain preference, but for this demonstration we will be using cherry.
First, you’ll need to cut the end panels of your rack to 6″ x 12″. Once that is done, cut your rack’s cross rails (i.e., the rails that will eventually hold your wine bottles) to 3″ x 24″. For this next step, you will need a table saw with a dado set. Using this, cut some dados, or notches, into your rack’s cross rails and end panels, so that they will interlock. As always, make sure that you double check every single measurement and line everything up beforehand, before you cut anything.
Now you have finished the rack’s basic structure. At this point, you need a hole saw to cut arches into your rack’s cross rails. The arches you’re cutting will be supporting the actual wine bottles, so make sure that the arches you cut are a bit bigger than a typical wine bottle’s girth, with a small hole for the bottle’s neck and a larger one for the bottle’s base. Use your orbital sander to firmly smooth out all the flat surfaces on the rack and a drum sander on the rack’s arches. To really bring the wood to life, put on two coats of tung oil and let it sit for just a few minutes, making sure you don’t let it dry. Then, wipe off any extra tung oil and you can put the rack together.
If you don’t have much experience with woodworking, make sure you keep some extra wood on hand at all times in case you make a bad cut. No matter your experience level, the feeling of accomplishment you get from making your own wine rack (or anything else for that matter) will stay with you for the rest of your life.