How to build a lattice-front wine rack

Updated November 21, 2016

A lattice-front wine rack can be a beautiful way to store and display your wine collection at the same time. Whether you only need the rack to hold a few bottles or you are looking for something larger, you can easily make a lattice-front wine rack at home. You can paint the finished product to match any decor, and build it to fit snugly inside of a cabinet or other shelf.

Measure and cut four pieces of plywood. For a square wine rack, make sure that all four pieces are the same. A rectangle lattice-front wine rack can be made from two longer and two shorter pieces, provided you have two pairs of wood that are exactly the same in length and width.

Sand the plywood pieces thoroughly until they are as smooth as possible, then clean off any dust with a damp rag and allow the wood to dry.

Apply a thin coat of primer to all four pieces and allow them to dry.

Paint each piece in your desired colour. Depending on the colour you use, you may need multiple coats. Make sure to read the directions on the paint you choose to determine how long you need to wait between coats and how long the paint will take to fully dry.

Cut pre-built lattice to fit inside of the wine rack once it is constructed. For 3/4-inch plywood, you will need to cut the lattice to 1 1/2 inches smaller in length and width to make up for the thickness of the outside of the wine rack. For example, if you are planning to make your wine rack 24-by-24 inches from outside to outside, you will need to cut your lattice to 22 1/2-by-22 1/2 inches. Make sure you cut the two pieces so the openings of the lattice line up exactly, otherwise your wine bottles will lay crooked.

Prime and paint the lattice to match the plywood. Make sure to get inside the pieces of plywood using a small detailing brush. Let the lattice dry completely before continuing.

Apply wood glue sparingly to the outer edge of the piece of plywood intended for the bottom. Firmly press a sidepiece into the glue at a 90-degree angle, making sure that the two pieces are joined together straight. Secure the two pieces with finishing nails.

Fix the front lattice piece to the corner of the bottom and side plywood with wood glue. Make sure you line up the lattice exactly with both pieces of plywood. Do the same for the back piece of lattice. When doing this, make sure once again that the lattice lines up exactly.

Place a small amount of wood glue on the exposed pieces of lattice and on the outside edges of the two pieces of plywood. Then, secure the top and other sidepiece of plywood to the lattice and the bottom and sidepieces of wood with finishing nails.

Allow the lattice-front wine rack to dry complete before adding your wine bottles.

Things You'll Need

  • 3/4-inch plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Pre-built lattice
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Amanda Bell spent six years working as an interior designer and project coordinator before becoming a professional writer in 2010. She has published thousands of articles for various websites and clients, specializing in home renovation, DIY projects, gardening and travel. Bell studied English composition and literature at the University of Boston and the University of Maryland.