How to Build a Wine Rack on a Wall

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How to Build a Wine Rack on a Wall
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Wall wine racks can add a nice decor to a dining room or kitchen. They save on floor space, and the effort it takes to bend down and scan a few rows of Cabernet. The wine rack plan shown here is for an oak rack that holds sixty six bottles. Instead of running boards that intersect like many wine racks, holes will be drilled through plywood to hold the bottles. This method will save time from extra cutting and measuring that other wine rack plans require. The wine rack can be hung vertically or horizontally.

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Things you need

  • 4 feet by 4 feet sheet of 1/4-inch oak veneer plywood.
  • Circular saw
  • Drill/screw gun
  • 3 1/2-inch hole punch
  • Square
  • Tape measure
  • Straight edge
  • (2) 2 inch by 2 inch by 8 feet pine stripping
  • (2) 1 inch by 8 inch by 4 feet oak board
  • (2) 1 inch by 8 inch by 2 feet oak board
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • (8) 4-inch screws
  • (16) 3-inch screws
  • (4) 1-inch screws

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  1. 1

    Cut both pieces of plywood so they measure 46 1/2 inches by 24 inches.

  2. 2

    Using the square and tape measure, mark the centre of the holes to be drilled, starting 2 inches away from the lower 46 1/2-inch side, and 3 1/4 inches from the 2-foot side. This can be accomplished quickly by using a straight edge and marking only where all the lines intersect. Be sure not to mark where it will show. There should be 66 centres marked on both pieces of plywood.

  3. 3

    On the veneer side of the plywood, drill out the 3 1/2-inch holes with a hole punch.

  4. 4

    Cut four pieces of the 2 inch-by-2 inch pine stripping at 46 1/2 inches.

  5. 5

    Using the 3-inch screws, attach one piece of the pine stripping to both 4-foot oak boards, leaving a 3/4-inch gap at both ends. This side of the oak boards will be fastened to the wall via the 4-inch screws and the pine 2-by-2's facing each other inside the wine rack.

  6. 6

    Place one sheet of plywood between the two oak boards, so that it is flush with the pine stripping on both ends. Screw four of the 4-inch screws on each side equally spaced, about 1-inch deep. This will allow easy attachment to the wall.

  7. 7

    Place the 2-foot oak board between the 4-foot boards and screw into each of the 2-by-2's. The other 2-foot board is fastened to the bottom in the same manner.

  8. 8

    Attach to the wall screwing the eight screws in the rest of the way.

  9. 9

    Using 3-inch screws attach the other 46 1/2-inch 2-by-2 on the other side of the oak board, leaving a 1/4-inch gap along the outside edge. Screw the last 2-by-2 on the other side.

  10. 10

    Place your last piece of plywood over the 2-by-2's and screw in each corner with 1-inch screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Pre-drill all the holes in the oak boards to avoid splitting wood and breaking screws.
  • Make sure the wall that the rack is being attached to is sturdy, and not just drywall. Screw into wall studs or support beams.

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