1.) Gather Your Materials
You really don’t need a whole lot to get this project done. We’re going to show you a simple rack and face type of rack which can be scaled up or down depending on how much lumber you have and how many bottles you want to store.
You’re going to need the following:
- Some Reclaimed Lumber
- A Circular or Table Saw
- Some ¾” Dowels
- A Drill
- ¾” Drill Bit
- Wood Glue
- An Electric Sander
For your reclaimed lumber you’re going to want something a little bit thicker than you usually find. We went with an old railroad tie, but anything which is at least 2” in depth should do.
How you decide to finish the lumber is up to you, if you have something with an aged patina like we did then it might not be necessary, but bare lumber can be boring so feel free to stain or paint it however you’d like.
2.) Cut the Lumber
Measure things off in order to allow yourself the number of bottles you desire. We used an asymmetric pattern, but the general rule of thumb is that the bottom of a wine bottle is three inches and you’ll need to add an inch and a half to account for your dowels if you put everything in a tight formation.
Ours is cut at 32” and the display is five bottles tall.
Just cut the lumber at the desired length, no explanation needed.
You’ll also want to cut the dowels while you have the saw out. Mark them and cut at nine inch intervals, you’re going to need three per bottle that you plan on fixing to the rack.
Set them aside in a safe place for now.
4.) Mark for the Dowels and Drill the Holes
Measure down 5-6” from the top of the piece of lumber you’re using in order to allow for some room at the top. Then, mark horizontal lines every four inches down the length of the board in order to get things going.
After you’ve done this, find the center point of the wood you’re using and mark all the way down from the first horizontal line to the last. You can make one continuous line, or just mark the center of each line according to your taste.
Then, mark 1 ½” to either side of the center line. This will be where you’re drilling the holes that the dowels are going into.
If you’re unsure of how precise you can be with a large bit, we recommend drilling a 1/8” pilot hole at each of the points first. Larger bits can be a bit unwieldy if you’re not used to using them, and you’re going to have to start entirely over if you mess up too badly.
Once you’ve made your pilot holes, then simply push the point of the ¾” bit into the holes and you should be able to make perfectly straight holes for the dowels to go into. Keep the holes even by stopping as soon as the drill bit is entirely in the wood.
5.) Finish the Wood
If the wood you’re using is rough, it’s time to break out the sander and smooth the entire surface. We chose to leave the sides alone in order to show off the natural grain of the aged wood but that’s entirely up to you.
You don’t need to move up to super fine sandpaper or anything 80 grit should get you where you need to be. This is mostly to open the surface for a new finish and allow you to set the bottles and have them rest evenly when you’re done.
Afterwards, finish the wood however you’d like. Stains are usually attractive, but if you want a sleeker, more modern look you can also use paint of any color you’d prefer.
You can also finish the dowels, if you don’t want the contrast between the pegs and the lumber.
6.) Glue in the Dowels
You can now glue in the dowels as soon as things are dry. Just smear the ends in wood glue and stick them in the holes. Seriously, don’t be afraid to use too much glue. Wine bottles might not be the heaviest thing in the world, but they definitely have some heft to themselves. The last thing you want is to clean wine off the floor if one of the rods fails.
Once you’ve set them in, let the glue dry and you’re almost finished.
7.) Make a Stand
How you make the stand is entirely up to you. You can even just lean it against the wall if you feel that’s the best option.
We opted to add a small hinge and some twine to another scrap of reclaimed lumber in order to keep it standing. The hemp twine adds to the overall rustic aesthetic and we finished the piece of scrap in the same way as the face of the rack.
Stand it up, add your wine bottles, stand back and admire your handiwork.
A DIY wine rack isn’t just a stand, it can also be a work of art. If you’ve been looking for the right way to build a rack for yourself, we hope that we’ve pushed you in the right direction to making something unique, memorable, and functional and adding it to your home.