How to Make an Under-Cabinet Wine Glass Rack

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How to Make an Under-Cabinet Wine Glass Rack
Create a home version of a stemware rack with a few pieces of wood. (martini glasses over the bar image by Kostyantyn Ivanyshen from

Installing an under-the-cabinet wine glass rack adds flair as well as function to your kitchen or bar by enabling you to display your stemware and make it easily accessible as well. Many hardware stores sell specially designed metal racks that can be installed simply by screwing them onto the underside of your cabinet, but you can create an inexpensive, simple wooden rack using any kind of cut lumber. This type of rack, in which the wine glasses hang upside-down, will hold any sort of glass with a stem and a flared bottom.

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Things you need

  • 2 lengths of wood, 1 inch wide by 36 inches long (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 lengths of wood, 1 inch wide by 10 inches long (3/4 inches thick)
  • 9 wood slats, 3 inches by 12 inches (1/4 inch thick)
  • 9 wood slats, 1 inch by 12 inches (1/4 inch thick)
  • Wood glue
  • 22 wood screws, 3/4 inch
  • 6 fastening screws
  • Wood clamps
  • Coarse and fine sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Wood putty

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  1. 1

    Sand all pieces of wood before beginning assembly. Begin by rubbing the pieces with the coarse sandpaper and finish with the fine sandpaper, wiping clean with a soft cloth once you are finished.

  2. 2

    Lay out the long crosspieces of the rack frame, 12 inches apart and parallel to each other. Apply glue to 1 inch of all inside corner edges and clamp a 10-inch side piece so that the surfaces are level. Repeat for the other end and allow glue to completely dry before continuing.

  3. 3

    Drill two narrow pilot holes through the long crosspiece and into the short cross piece. Tighten a ¾-inch wood screw into each of the four holes to fasten the frame together.

  4. 4

    Assemble the slats by gluing the 1- by 12-inch slats to the centre of each 3- by 12-inch slat. Clamp and allow them to dry.

  5. 5

    Prepare to fasten the slats to the frame by marking off where you will glue and then screw them in. Using a pencil, make markings every 4 inches, starting from the outer edge of the overhang.

  6. 6

    Go back over the marks and make another mark an inch up from the 4-inch markings; this shows where the gaps between the slats will be.

  7. 7

    Apply glue to each margin on the top edge of the slat ribs. Line up the edge of the wide part of the slat with the pencil markings, situating each slat 1 inch apart from its neighbour. Clamp and allow glue to dry.

  8. 8

    Drill a pilot hole through the top of the frame down into each glued-on slat assembly. Tighten a ¾-inch wood screw into each of the 18 guide holes.

  9. 9

    Drill a hole at three intervals on each side of the lengthwise parts of the frame. This will allow you to mount the glass rack to the underside of the cabinet.

  10. 10

    Fill all screw holes with putty, if desired.

  11. 11

    Wipe down the entire rack once more with a soft cloth and stain the rack using a sponge brush or stain paintbrush. Allow to dry completely before applying another coat and finish with a polythene coat, if desired.

  12. 12

    Attach the rack to the underside of the cabinet by fastening screws through the six pre-drilled mounting holes. Determine the length of screw you will need to use based on the thickness of your cabinet's floor base.

Tips and warnings

  • Carpentry and woodworking supply shops may sell specially cut and joined "wine glass moulding." These pieces are flared from the top edge to the bottom surface, creating a more polished finished look.
  • The softer woods, such as pine, are easier for the amateur home woodworker to use, as most household power tools can easily handle drilling through the soft wood. Hardwoods like poplar and oak tend to splinter and split when handled improperly; projects made with these woods will require additional sanding for the inevitable rough edges.

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