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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!

DIY Console Table Plans

This L-shaped DIY sofa console that we have in our living room is definitely our most popular project to date.

Reclaimed Wood Console Table

Because a couple of people have commented or emailed to let me know that they are attempting (or have attempted) to build this console table, we decided to draw up some loose plans to give our readers a better idea of how the table is put together.

We made an L-shaped console table, but it was basically just two straight tables butted up perpendicular to each other. I haven’t listed specific measurements here, because you can adjust the length of the console table to fit your space.

This is how each piece of the table will look.

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We didn’t bother to hide the screws, so everything is attached together using screws drilled through from the outside surface.

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We’re not professionals in drawing up plans (especially not me), but we hope that additional angles and information will help those of you who are building a similar table.

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For more photos of the finished project, please go to the original post for the DIY Sofa Table. Have fun!

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