How To Build A Wooden Wine Rack

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In this post I go through the steps I used to make the wine rack shown below. I made this rack to hold 6 bottles of wine and 6 wine glasses.

Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

For this project, I start by grabbing some Maple I had in the shop. I grabbed a few pieces to begin then went back for more as needed.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

I begin running everything through the planer to mill everything down. I tried to get everything planed first, then worry about jointing the edges since I don’t own a fancy jointer.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

I milled down the boards to 3/4″ to use for this project. That seemed to be a good thickness and was a neutral measurement from all the various board thicknesses I had on hand with the Maple.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

After getting a few pieces milled down, I took a few measurements. I wanted the wine rack to hold a total of 6 bottles of wine and 6 wine glasses. I figured each bottle and glass would take up 3 1/2″ of width on the rack. The dividers between each bottle and glass will be made of this Maple which is 3/4″ thick. My overall dimension will be 26 1/4″ in length so I cut two pieces to length and jointed them together with a biscuit joiner.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

This piece will become the “shelf” or horizontal piece that supports the wine bottles on top, and glasses hang from on the bottom.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

Next, I use 3 roughly 9 1/4″ wide pieces of maple to join vertically to act as the backer board or vertical piece of the rack. This will become the main support component of this rack and will be what is screwed into the wall for mounting.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

I then pre-drill a few pocket holes into each of the boards to prepare to join them together.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

I then attached the pieces together using 1 3/4″ pocket hole screws to finish the back piece of the rack.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

Now it was time for me to mark out the locations of the slots that I need to make for the wine glasses to hang in.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

After I had everything marked out, I cut out the slots using a band saw and chisels.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

Next, I layout some curves in another piece of Maple and cut out the half-circles. This will act as the rear support for the wine bottles.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

One the glue dries on the “shelf” piece, I secure it to the backer board with 1 1/4″ finish nails. I then add the wine bottle support backer piece (the one I just made with the curves) to the previously made backer board.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

I then add a front piece that acts as the support for the front part of the wine bottles. I secure this to the front of the “shelf” piece using finish nails again.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

Now I add some spacers under the shelf piece to allow the wine glasses to hang and have room for the glass bases of the glasses to insert into the rack.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

The last build component of this project is to secure the wine glass mounting piece to the bottom of the spacers. I put a quick round-over on all pieces of wood in this project and begin sanding.

Custom Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

Once I finished sanding, I applied 3 coats of water-based polyurethane. After I got almost finished, the wine glass shelf with the slots, broke! I ended up making a new piece out of cedar. It really turned out looking well with the clear coat poly applied.

Maple Wine Rack | Rocky River Woodworks - Custom Woodworker - Custom Furniture

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