DIY Wine Rack Instructions

In keeping with my New Year Resolution to provide timely instructions when promised (wink), here are some diagrams so you can build your own wine rack like the one Chris made me for Christmas.

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The baby is going to wake up any minute, so I’ll keep this as brief as possible.

First decide how big you want your wine rack to be. Ours is about 31 x 23″ and 3.5″ deep. We used redwood fence pickets which are about 5.75″ wide with a small (0.25″) gap between them.

Drill the holes for your wine bottles using a hole saw — ours are about 2.5″ in diameter.

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Assemble the frame of the wine rack. It’s basically just a box.

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Add 2×4″ pieces behind the holes. You can play around with the placement of the 2x4s but they seemed to work best for us when they covered about 1/2 of the holes.

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Of course, different bottles have differently-shaped necks so we varied the placement of the 2x4s somewhat to accomodate different bottles. Again, just play around with it with a few sample bottles. Nail the 2x4s in from the sides.

THEN, add an extra 1×2″ strip of wood on the bottom of the 2×4″ piece. I don’t have a photo of this but here’s a diagram. The second row down shows the placement of the strip a little clearer (it’s cut down short in the diagram but you’ll want to make it full length, like the others). This makes the angle of the bottles steeper so they stay held in when the rack is mounted vertically on the wall (a feature that isn’t needed in A-frame riddling racks).

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From the front it’ll look like this:

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Then assemble the front of the rack.

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We used a 15-gauge nailer and finish nails for our nailing. The great thing about finish nails is that they barely show after being nailed. A hammer and nails would work fine too, it would just take longer and the nail heads would show (in that case you probably wouldn’t want to nail on the front face of the wine rack).

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Sand down the wood using a belt sander or rotary sander (or you could do this step before assembling, up to you) and put a protective finish of your choice on it. We used a homemade Danish oil mixture (1 part boiled linseed oil, 1 part oil-based poly, and 1 part mineral spirits). The redwood looks really good once it’s sanded down. Hard to believe they’re fence pickets!

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Here are a few more diagrams for clarity:

Riddling Rack Progress 1 Riddling Rack Progress 1-2 Riddling Rack Progress 2 Riddling Rack Progress 2-2

Hope that helps! Again, this wasn’t a super precise undertaking, and you’ll want to tweak the measurements to suit your own space, but you get the idea =).

Enjoy a bottle of wine once you’re done to congratulate yourself for all the hard work!

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1 Comment on DIY Wine Rack Instructions

  1. Fredo
    June 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Started working on a replica this afternoon. How did you secure the finished product to the wall? With all the weight of the wine I’d like to make sure it stays on the wall!

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