Follow These Easy Steps And Learn How To Make A Wine Rack

Time for crafting! Have you made your own doorstop? How about your own workbench? Well, it’s time to take it one step further! Wine is the elegance of drinks! It is a thousand-year-old tradition that is made from the juice of fresh grapes and fermented in particular casks. It is a popular beverage that comes in a wide range of flavours, qualities, and prices. Some are better served cold, while others are better served at room temperature. 

Wine bottles stacked on wooden racks

Nothing is more aggravating than not having a place to showcase your cherished wine bottles if you are a wine lover. You can proudly exhibit and keep track of your wine collection with a wine rack. So, why don’t you read on to find out how to build your own DIY wine rack with this easy tutorial?

Wine rack plans

Wine rack layouts come in all shapes and sizes. A rack can be custom-designed, replicated, or based on a wine rack design you’ve seen in a friend’s house. Wine rack ideas range from smaller, wall-mounted wine holders that carry up to six bottles to some bigger ones that can hold two cases of wine or more.

Consider where the rack will be placed in your home when deciding on what rack style to create and whether you have a wine cellar in mind. Also, consider how many bottles it will store, how it will be utilised, and whether or not it will be used to hold stemware racks. Smaller ones, for instance, can be fixed on a wall or placed on a tabletop somewhere in your kitchen cabinet.

Others can be topped, used as a serving table. They can also be made to seem like existing cabinetry in a living room to blend in with the rest of the decor. Some racks are somewhat utilitarian, designed to increase wine storage in a cellar or closet.

Glamourous kitchen with wine racks

Plus, take into account your long-term storage requirements and whether you prefer to keep each bottle individually or group many bottles together in a diamond-shaped slot to conserve space. For example, if you plan on expanding your collection, a modular, countertop wine rack would be the ideal option unless you don’t mind starting again when your bottles outgrow your rack’s capacity. 

Plan on working with wood unless you have the appropriate expertise to work with metal or even leather. Leather wine racks will substantially take more time and effort than wood wine racks. Wine racks can also be made out of window screens and PVC pipes

The wood for your modular wine rack should be completely dry before use. To avoid warping, the moisture content of the wood should be less than 12%. Birch, cedar, barn wood, fir, oak, maple, or spruce are some of the woods that you can repurpose and use in such DIY projects. Softwoods are easier to work with, but they aren’t always as durable as hardwoods.

How to build a wooden wine rack step-by-step tutorial

It should take only around an hour and a half to build this DIY wine rack. Read on to learn how to put it together now that you have all the necessary tools and a great woodworking plan:

Step 1: Cut the pallet

Cut in the indentation of the pallet wood with a circular saw or hand saw. Depending on where you cut the wine rack, it should stand between 40 and 45 centimetres tall.

Step 2: Pull off boards for the bottom 

You’ll need two boards for the bottom of the wine rack, which you may grab from the centre of the pallet. Get in between the boards with a hammer and a pry bar or whatever you have and pound it in and then prise it off. 

This may take some time and can be irritating because the ends have a tendency to crack and break, but with practice and an excellent woodworking plan, you’ll get the hang of it.

Wine rack from pallet

Step 3: Cut small pieces

You’ll need three smaller parts that will support the bottom part. These can be obtained by chopping up the larger section of the pallet on which the boards are attached. 

The pieces should be the same length as the board or slightly larger. You can hack them up with a handsaw or whatever you have on hand. Then, cut them off the pallet using a circular saw.

Step 4: Sanding

Pallets are typically rough, so you need to sand them down to improve their appearance and prevent splinters. Basically, you should use 120 grit and then 220 grit to finish depending on how rough it is.

Step 5: Make holes for the wine glasses

Make holes for the bottles on one of the boards. Most pallets will be around a metre wide. You can select a typical wine bottle size, but you can surely adjust the sizes to suit your needs. 

Draw a line 11 centimetres in from the edge and then draw three more holes 10 centimetres apart. They should be around 4 centimetres deep into the board once done. Then, repeat the process on the opposite side.

Step 6: Drill the holes

You can use a 2-6/20 centimetre Forstner bit on your drill press, but if you don’t have one, you can simply drill out your designated holes with a hand drill.

Step 7: Laying out the bottle space

Simply use a piece of wood about one centimetre broad, centre it on the hole, and mark where the cuts should be made. Cut the pieces out with whatever saw you have and smooth the rough edges.

Wine glasses place on a wooden rack

Step 8: Put it together 

To make sure everything fits together properly, you need to place the boards together and line them up with the bottom of the rack. Plus, secure them to the table and pre-drill and counter-sink the holes. 

Now, put everything together with 7 cm screws, but you may use smaller ones if you want. Make sure that you pre-drill all of your holes in either direction to avoid splitting the wood.

Step 9: Finish it up

The bottle rack is now complete and all that remains is to hang it. Because of the weight of the wine bottles, you can use two 6 cm screws and install them in studs. Put them in one stud depending on where you are hanging it and where the studs are located, so there should be 80 centimetres between screws

Before you put in the second screw, make sure you use a spirit level for proper measurement. Now, your pallet wine rack is ready and it will look even better if you add a chalkboard and a glass holder.

How to build a PVC wine rack

One of the simplest DIY ideas is to do a PVC wine rack, which can also be made to look like a modern wine cabinet. PVC drainage pipes are the ideal diameter for storing wine bottles. You can build a simple wine rack that can hold a lot of bottles of wine by following these easy steps:

Step 1: Start cutting

Cut the first pipe about 15 to 20 cm long. You’ll utilise the dimensions from the previous pipe to help you with the next one. However, place the two pipes on a level surface with the angled side pointing straight up in the air, and note where the first one lines up with the second one. 

Step 2: Piece together

Continue to cut each pipe, selecting different diameters at different spots at random. From here, it’s entirely up to you—go as wide or as tall as you want. If you’re going to have the rack free-standing on a table or the floor, make sure the bottom has some broader mouthed pipes so you may fill it with larger, heavier bottles. 

PVC pipes on stacked

Step 3: Mark each intersection

Once you’ve finished cutting, make sure to mark a line where each pipe meets on both the angled and 90-degree sides. Some will just have one or two, while others may have as many as four or five. This will save you a lot of time in the next steps.

Step 4: Take measurements for the bolts

Choose two spots along each junction to install your bolts, starting from the 90-degree side. The changing pipe lengths will result in different measurements at each junction. You could essentially set bolts at the same lengths on every pipe if you had selected the easy option.

Step 5: Drill and double-check your measurements

By holding the pipes together and ensuring that each marker contacts the other, you can assure that your holes will line up. Drill out each marking with a drill bit slightly larger than your bolts once you’ve double-checked everything.

Step 6: Paint

Spray paint the pipes in any colour you want outside or in a well-ventilated environment. If you want to reduce the likelihood of the paint running off the surface, rough up the PVC with sandpaper.

Step 7: Dry

After applying the final coat of spray paint, let it dry for a full day. Then, reassemble the pipes.

Step 8: Bolt and display

Place bolts in each hole you’ve made at each joint with pliers, spanners, and your hands. Once done, you can place the wine rack on a shelf, a desk, or the floor and you are good to go! 

All you have to do now is relax, open a bottle of wine and enjoy the new atmosphere! Building your own rack won’t cost a lot of money. Rest assured, first-time DIYers! You are going to love it!

Next project: Learn how to personalise your wine glasses. We promise it’s very easy and you’ll love it.

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