Introduction: Hanging Wine Rack
This is an Instructable for a beginner-level wine rack that you can build in a day!
This rack can be decorated to your own taste and make for excellent gifts. Or, if you don't have the tools to build it, you can purchase one of them on my Etsy shop (shameless self promotion).
Let's get started!
- 1”x4”x72” Board (any wood)
- Measuring Tape/Pencil
- Speed Square (optional)
- Wood Glue
- Picture hanging hardware (heavyweight)
- Router w/ ½ bit Or Drill & Hand/Jig Saw
Step 1: Cut List
The nice thing about this is that the entire rack can be made with a single 1” x 4” x 72” board, which are cheaply available at any major hardware store. Keep in mind, that this board in the U.S. actually measures 0.75" x 3.5" x 72". This project will use 69.25" (not counting the small wastage from the cutting).
Cut the following amount of boards to the following lengths:
- *3 – 7.75”
- 2 – 16.5”
- 1 – 13”
As you can see from the picture, one of the 7.75" boards is already holed to fit the wine glass stems. Since I do not have a router table, I needed to perform this process before cutting so that I could clamp down the wood with enough space to move the router. This process can be found on the next step. If you are in the same position, go there first. If using a drill and hand/jig saw, ignore this.
Step 2: Wine Glass Stem Holes
The most complicated step of this build is the drilling of the holes for the wine stems to hang from. As stated in the intro, this can be done with either a router or an electric drill/saw combo.
First, measure where the holes will be drilled.
- Measure 1.75" from the side (halfway between a 3.5" board).
- Measure 1.75" from each end of the board.
- Where these lines intersect, drill a 0.5" hole.
Router: Using a fence (second picture, a clamped speed square), extend the 0.5" hole to the edge.*
Drill/Saw Combo: Draw a line from each edge of the hole towards one of the edges (a speed square is very helpful here). Carefully saw along those lines, thus extending the hole to the edge.
I used a round over bit with a bearing to smooth up the top of the hole. This step in totally optional.
Step 3: Sanding & Dry Fit
On your two other 7.75" board, mark 3.785" (3 7/8th") from the end. This will help you position the 13" divider board exactly in the middle.
Sand your project as much or as little as you like. Erasing pencil marks (except the ones above) before sanding makes things much easier.
Take all of your pieces and do a dry fit. If the edges don't align or one of the boards is too long, trim it up.
Step 4: Glue & Clamps
Optional: For the space between the bottom two horizontal boards (1.25"), I quickly cut up two spacers to that size from the remaining scraps just to make sure it was an even space (picture 2).
Use a generous amount of wood glue, smoothing it out along the edge to get full contact. Use a damp rag to clean up any spilled glue.
On a flat surface, glue together the boards and clamp them into place. I glued the 13" divider board in last once everything else was in place. I did not glue in the optional spacers, but left them in to be knocked out when the whole thing was dry.
Clean up any glue that squeezed out from the clamped edges. Leave the glue to dry/cure as per your wood glue's directions (usually 30 minutes to dry, 24 hours to fully cure).
Step 5: Hanging Hardware & Finishing Touches
Remove the clamps and inspect the rack. Clean up any dried glue on the edges.
At this point you can sand, paint, stain, etc. as much or as little as you like.
Lastly, you need to attach some heavy duty picture mounting hardware. A full bottle of wine weights ~2.65 lbs (1.2 kilos), meaning your hardware must be able to hold upwards of 10 lbs (4.5 kilos) to account for the wood, two full bottles, and wine glasses. Nobody wants to come home to broken glass and wine all over their floor!
I used the PicGenie123 hardware from my local hardware store. The process was much simpler than others and I liked that they listed the weight capabilities of each mount. (not sponsored)