A couple months ago I blogged about my Shoe Storage Bench that I built out of pallets and mentioned at the end of the post that I would be starting a new project, building a wine rack.
Well I am happy to say the wine rack is finished! It was a pretty easy project and I think any beginning builder can build this rack.
Before you start this project please make a note that I drilled holes before placing all screws. I didn’t want any of the wood to split, so drilling holes will prevent that. Every time you read “screw them together” it really means “drill a hole for the screw and then screw them together.”
You will end up with 14 shelves that look like this:
Next are the bottle separators. There are 112 of them so be ready! There are two options with the wine bottle separators:
Now to make this step go faster, I cut a 3 inch board to be a spacer between my separators.
Eventually you will have each of the separators installed and ready to go.
I worked very hard on putting these rack together and it became an evening project to watch tv, drink a glass of wine, and assemble a few racks each night. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Have a glass of wine while building a wine rack? Well, it sounds great until that point where you accidentally drop your drill on your thumb!So kids, the lesson we learned is power tools and alcohol do not mix! By the way, I smashed my thumb almost two months ago and the picture above is what it looks like now. I would have showed you the before, but it was a pretty bloody mess so I thought I would spare you. Maybe by summer the bruise will grow out!
After all the shelves were completed, I decided to stain them all a dark cherry that pretty matches all my other furniture in the house.
The rack is finished and we LOVE it! Though we haven’t quite filled it up, we love the extra wine storage it provides. (If you are wondering how we acquired so many bottles, we make our own wine.)
Some of the shelves are holding empty bottles, but hopefully we get a new batch of wine brewing soon so we can replace them with full bottles.
I hope this DIY project inspired some of you new to woodworking to get out there and try it for yourself. Like I say a lot in this blog– If I can do it, you can do it! Happy building!
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