Grab a Glass

September 20, 2013 | DIY, Kitchen, Projects

It’s time for some wine!

DIY wine rack close-up

We’ve had a severe lack of wine in this house lately, because we haven’t had space for a wine rack.  Hubby’s been challenging me to make a custom wall-mounted one for months, so with the kitchen reno (hopefully) nearing an end, I realized this was the perfect time.  (and who am I to say no when Hubby request a DIY)

It all started with a quick sketch when I was watching tv one night last week.

DIY wine rack sketch

The dimensions got modified a bit as the project progressed, but this was a great place to start.  I enlisted Handy Dad’s help for another set of hands (and maybe for his tools as well… maybe).

The materials:

  • 8′ length of 1×6 poplar
  • Kreg jig screws
  • Wood glue
  • Toggle screws (for mounting to the wall)

The tools we used:

  • Chop saw
  • Drill press (a regular drill could work too, but it would be a bit more work)
  • 3 1/4″ hole saw drill bit
  • Clamps
  • Kreg jig

The first step was to cut the boards to the desired length and mark out where my holes will go (this is where the dimensions got modified a bit).

DIY wine rack marks

Actually cutting the holes was the most difficult part.  We clamped the 2 side boards together so that the holes would line up perfectly.  To prevent as much splintering as possible, we drilled most of the way through one side, then completed the hole by drilling from the other side.  Slow and steady…

DIY wine rack drill press

This was my attempt to take a photo of all the pieces on a white background.  #whitebalancefail

DIY wine rack pieces

As you can see on the back pieces, I used my Kreg jig to drill pocket holes.  My friend Kreg is awesome- it’s a very simple drill guide and special bit that makes it super easy to strongly join 2 pieces of wood.  I first read about it on Young House Love, and I quickly jumped on the Kreg bandwagon.

Next came assembly.  Every joint got wood glued and clamped, and the back supports were screwed together with Kreg screws for extra support.

DIY wine rack assembly

After assembly, I sanded the bejesus out of it, painted it with 2 coats of paint, and mounted it to my kitchen wall with toggle bolts (when all filled, the rack can weigh almost 30 pounds!)

DIY kitchen wine rack

So, what do you think?  I think it fits perfectly in it’s new home!

I originally had staggered the direction of the bottles, but Hubby and I both liked it a bit better this way.

DIY wine rack

I can’t wait to reveal the whole kitchen to you- it’s really becoming my favorite designed room in the house!

DIY wine rack closeup

 

 

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