Hey, look, I took a break from shoveling dirt and whining about the weather to actually build something…
This thing is not actually supporting my own alcohol habit, it’s supporting my friends alcohol habit. Right? I’m such a giver.
Actually a few months ago, one of my fantastically crafty friends showed me this picture on Pinterest and asked if I could help her build one:
And, as it turns out, in a few month she’s marrying a cool dude (who I once helped build a kegerator… I swear we’re not really alcoholics. Probably.) You know what that means, right? Wedding showers.
Let me just pause here and breathe into a paper bag for a minute because wedding showers– more specifically wedding registries— give me anxiety. Probably because I never shop until the last minute and I’m usually the crazy person running around with 15 pieces of paper in Williams-Sonoma, trying to figure out what the shit a mezzaluna is and whether or not I should buy the happy couple four of them.
Normally I wouldn’t presume any bride would want something out of my workshop instead of out of Macy’s, but this one happens to be cool chick who greatly appreciates the handmade, so I figured this was a safe bet, and a fun little project to kick off my week.
The first step was figuring out how I wanted to treat the wood. Usually I use barn wood in its weathered state, but once you need to do a lot of cutting for a piece, the freshly exposed wood rarely matches the weathered outside and that kind of makes my eye twitch. This time I actually tried sanding the barn wood down to see if I could keep the rustic look while still freshening things up.
This was just the right piece for the front, and it convinced me the thing was going to look awesome. I made sure to sand all of the edges to round them off and keep the thing looking super weathered.
The side braces are about 10″ tall, and 4″ deep. I used scraps from an old 2×4, which bless its heart, was actually two inches by four inches back when they made it.
I wanted thinner pieces for the back, so I actually pried these off of an old stone crate I found in the junk pile.
Here are all of the pieces for the top part of the wine rack, pre-assembly. This is also where I left off the project the day before the wedding shower because I thought I would have plenty of time to work on it the following day. Then at about midnight I realized it was a brunch shower, so I got up at like 6:30 day-of to get cracking on this thing.
Assembly was pretty straight-forward. Since the wood is old, I used a little wood glue along with actual fasteners.
My favorite finish nailer…
Didn’t bother sanding this bottom piece because you’ll never see it.
Here’s the top part, finished.
You could leave it at that and use this rack for all kinds of things, but because no one wants to have to search for a wine glass at the end of a long day, I went ahead and added the glass rack on the bottom.
First, I ripped down a board to just under the depth of the rack, then I played with the spacing so that the glasses would line up under the bottles if the rack was full. It holds eight bottles, eight glasses.
I used the jigsaw to notch them out…
Then tested it out with actual wine glasses (one of which may or may not have been dirty from the night before… uh, moving on.)
After I sanded the glass holder down, I cut some spacers and then attached it with screws through the underside of the rack.
If I’d had a little more foresight, I might have just made the side pieces longer instead of using separate pieces for the spacers, but in the end this worked out okay.
The general dimensions are 30″ wide, 4″ deep (on the inside), and 10″ tall. The glass rack has notches about 3/4″ wide spaced every 3-1/2-ish inches on-center.
To finish it off, I attached a couple of hangars to the back…
This was about 10 minutes before I had to leave for the shower and I was still covered in sawdust. And then, funny story, I realized I didn’t have any clue how I was going to wrap this thing.
After a few minutes of fruitless searching, I found that the box my Ikea dresser came in was a perfect fit, but I’d basically mangled the thing opening it, so, ah… I did this:
Yep, that’s painters tape. So classy.
I’m still laughing about that actually. Thank god the bride has a sense of humor.