How to build a lattice wine rack

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How to build a lattice wine rack
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A lattice wine rack offers an ideal blend of form and function. The visually striking diamond pattern of a lattice rack provides an efficient use of space, allowing you to maximise storage space for your wine collection without sacrificing beauty or elegance. With moderate woodworking skills, inexpensive materials and some patience and precision, you can build a lattice wine rack large enough to hold two cases (24 bottles) of wine.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Two hardwood top/bottom panels (3/4" x 14" x 20")
  • Two hardwood side panels (3/4" x 14" x 18-1/2")
  • Plywood back (1/2" x 19-1/2" x 19-1/2")
  • Two long plywood dividers (1/2" x 10" x 26-3/16")
  • Four short plywood dividers (1/2" x 10" x 13-1/16")
  • Wood screws
  • Router
  • 1/2" router bit
  • Table saw
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Stain or polyurethane (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut back grooves. Use a router and one-half-inch bit to cut a groove in each hardwood panel. Each groove should run the full length of the panel and be three-fourths of an inch from one edge.

  2. 2

    Build the case. Fit the back panel into the groove of one hardwood panel. Attach each of the remaining three panels to the back panel. Place side panels opposite one another to create a 20-inch by 20-inch square. Use wood screws to connect the panels at each short edge.

  3. 3

    Bevel long dividers. Measure the interior diagonal (corner to corner) of your cabinet. If it is less than 26 and 3/16 inches, trim your long dividers to match. Then use a table saw to cut a 45-degree bevel into each side of each end of the dividers, creating a point along the 10-inch width. Test-fit each divider by sliding it into the case. The bevelled points should resting firmly against the interior corners.

  4. 4

    Notch long dividers. With one long divider in the case, place the other partway into the case using the unoccupied corners. Mark the point where the two dividers cross. Use a table saw to cut a notch one-half inch wide by five inches deep in each divider at the intersection point. This will allow you to overlap the dividers in the case in the shape of an X.

  5. 5

    Bevel short dividers. Use a table saw to cut one 45-degree bevel into each end of each short divider. The bevels for each board should both slant inward, allowing the board to rest firmly against adjoining interior walls of the case at the midpoints of the walls.

  6. 6

    Notch short dividers. One at a time, place each short divider partway into the case, and mark the short and long dividers at each point where they intersect. Use a table saw to cut a notch one-half inch wide by five inches deep in each divider at the intersection point. This should allow the four short dividers to form a diamond with its corners at the midpoint of each case wall. Each side of the diamond will be parallel to one long divider and intersect the other perpendicularly.

  7. 7

    Finish and assemble wine rack. Place dividers into the case. You can use wood screws or finish nails driven through the back panel and into the dividers for extra durability.

  8. 8

    Fill wine rack. Each diamond in the centre of the lattice should hold four wine bottles (16 total), while each triangle will hold one (eight total).

Tips and warnings

  • If you're comfortable cutting them, you can use dovetail joints to connect the case panels for added strength and beauty.
  • Drill a pilot hole before inserting wood screws to avoid splitting or cracking the wood.
  • You can use sandpaper to smooth any rough spots or adjust a tight fit, and use stain or polyurethane to finish and seal your case and dividers as desired.
  • Make your own careful measurements at every step. The dimensions provided here should be accurate, but because pieces must fit together precisely, you should double-check and make adjustments based on your specific materials and building process.

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