Finally, My First Project - Vertical Wine Rack

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Project by flowchart_jockey posted 06-03-2010 08:08 AM 7377 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At long last, I have a project to post. Home improvement has kept me pretty busy and out of the garage. This is a vertical wine rack made from pine and cedar, with cork lining inside the holes. It is based on a metal rack design I have seen. This was a “learner” project to give me some experience with the techniques needed, and to work out the bugs with my design. It turned out well enough to hang on the wall, at least until I make one out of nicer wood. It taught me a lot of different techniques – router inlay, mitered corners (it has a plywood core and the pine is a box construction), hand planing, french cleats, layout for drilling non 90-degree holes, and some finishing techniques. It is finished with Danish Oil and 3 coats of wipe-on poly.

-- Why make it easy when you can make it difficult?

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 08:45 AM

I like the design, you did a great job!!! we here in wine take our racks serious!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 11:40 AM

Nice job…does the rack go down to the floor? From what I can see you can hold 12 bottles.

-- Vince

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 12:51 PM

Never seen a rack like that. I like the idea. A worthy endeavor for a first project. Congratulations and nice job. I hear you on the home improvement projects too.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 04:16 PM

This is a great little wine rack! Glad to hear you learned so much from it too. I’d be curious to read a blog on this, watching you learn along the way. And it’d also be a good project for others to tackle, especially if they simplified it a bit and just used hardwood throughout.

What are you thinking of making this out of in the future? I would think some really rich looking wood, or contrasting species would look great.

I like the cork idea in the holes. Not that the bottles are going to slip, but it would just provide more traction for the bottle necks, plus a nice visual touch as well.

I also like how compact and clean this design is. It would create a nice visual element on a wall. Just have to keep the left and right sides somewhat even in bottle count, or I’m sure it’ll start listing to one side.

This could easily be modified to make it shorter or taller as well to fit an individual need or to meet space constraints.

Great job, and thanks for posting!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 04:22 PM

Nice wine rack it’s great it was such a good learning project


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#6 posted 06-03-2010 04:39 PM

Cool idea. Very simple but very functional.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 06:07 PM

Thanks for the great comments, everyone!

I apologize for my pictures. We put this in a small closet, so I wasn’t able to get a very good full shot. It is “floating” a foot or so off the floor, hung with hidden French cleats. It was a pain to do the cleats; I have since learned about z clips and will probably use those in the future. It holds 18 bottles. I am considering making the next one out of walnut with a maple inlay. I may change the inlay design a little bit to make it more visible. I am really pleased with how the design turned out; about halfway through I was afraid I was just building a complicated, featureless 2×4. I will try to do a blog of this project when I get some time, although my photos are sadly lacking.

-- Why make it easy when you can make it difficult?

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 06:27 PM

This is nice, Are they tilted upside down slighty? What I mean is the cork submerged in wine? That would actually enhance your modern design, alomst like a tree

Nice job though hopefully your constantly changing bottles :) in other words enjoying the taste of the product as to the look of the bottle…..

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#9 posted 06-03-2010 06:54 PM

getneds, they are tilted just slightly. I was trying for horizontal, and so the holes are drilled at a 5 degree angle to account for the oversized holes and prevent droop. What I have found is that each bottle has a slightly different neck size, and so they don’t all sit exactly the same. I like your tilted idea. “Wine tree.”

-- Why make it easy when you can make it difficult?

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#10 posted 06-03-2010 10:17 PM

Cool and simple, thats the way, love it.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 06-05-2010 05:14 PM

I like my beer but this is cool. Wine probably would not last long enough in my house with the wife and her friends!!

-- Tom

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#12 posted 06-07-2010 06:17 PM

Nice rack! I fear we won’t spend much time in the shop until the sun starts going down again up here in the great land. What is next (besides sheetrock work)? I’m thinking guitar stands? I’ve seen it in person and the inlay work really adds to the aesthetics, next time ask a local professional photographer for photo tips.

-- "Nothing is worse than a brilliant picture of a fuzzy concept"--Ansel Adams

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#13 posted 06-07-2010 06:32 PM

@ Tom, that’s why it’s only half full :). Diver, we need to have a “photography for the iPhone” class to sharpen my skills.

-- Why make it easy when you can make it difficult?

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#14 posted 11-11-2010 09:47 PM

Very cool! I like the inlay and you gave the 5 degree info I needed in the comments! Thanks!

How far between holes?

-- Brian

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#15 posted 11-11-2010 09:50 PM

Beautiful job !

I actually dropped into the wine store—micrometer in hand—and checked a BUNCH of different 750ml bottles, before I finished mine.

I found they were all really, really close in diameter—both at the neck, AND at the “lip” toward the top.

I’m hoping I’m right ;-)

Great looking tower, though. Here’s to filling it up … AND to emptying it, again :-)

-- -- Neil

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