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DIY Rustic Wine Rack: Supporting my alcohol habit, one bottle at a time

May 29, 2013 | 14 Comments | DIY How To
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Hey, look, I took a break from shoveling dirt and whining about the weather to actually build something…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Assembly was pretty straight-forward. Since the wood is old, I used a little wood glue along with actual fasteners.

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My favorite finish nailer…

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Didn’t bother sanding this bottom piece because you’ll never see it.

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Here’s the top part, finished.

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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.

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I used the jigsaw to notch them out…

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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.)

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After I sanded the glass holder down, I cut some spacers and then attached it with screws through the underside of the rack.

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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.

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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…

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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:

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Yep, that’s painters tape. So classy.

I’m still laughing about that actually. Thank god the bride has a sense of humor.

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    Comments

  • Morah


    That’s awesome! I would love to get something so cool and thoughtful at a shower.

    (The best shower present I ever gave was a toolbox – with tools of course. The bride was thrilled because she badly needed it and her fairly lame family members were totally confused. Success!)

  • Julie


    See, I’d MUCH rather have something handcrafted, and made especially for ME and my tastes. Anyone can walk into a store and buy something. It takes a very special friend to build something beautiful, functional, fun and appropriate, from nothing but imagination, a nail gun, and some old wood.

    You. Rock.

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication


    Love this! I’ve actually been meaning to make one myself for our dining room!

  • Laura @ Clydesdale Ranch


    Do you ever make anything that doesn’t turn out beautiful? I mean, the process sometimes sucks, but everything you make is wonderful.

    I saw a book on Amazon recently subtitled “Where DIY meets WTF” and thought of you. When I looked at the book though, it was the most awful DIY stuff ever, so not you! Your book would be called, “Where DIY meets WTF meets “Oh shit call 911… hey wait, that blood adds a nice touch, don’t you think?”

    And the project turns out beautiful in the end, as always. :-D

  • perth pallet racking


    I can’t believe how good this turned out! Looks better than anything I’ve seen in the shops. Now it’s time to find some recycled wood and a weekend off to complete it! Great tip, thanks!

  • Jaye @ Just Tryin' to Make Cents of it All


    When I first discovered the world of DIY blogs, I went crazy – subscribing to every blog I could get my hands on! Then I discovered how they can also suck the life right out of you and I proceeded to cancel the majority of those subscriptions! Except a few and I’m happy to say, yours is one that I read all the time. I love the stuff you do, love the real life you share with us, love your power tools – pretty much everything. I rarely comment but I thought that maybe I should just so you’d know how much we all love reading about your antics (yes, being dragged through a field by a donkey is definitely an antic!) Don’t ever stop making us laugh.

    Uh, and the wine bottle holder is way better than anything you’d find at Macy’s!

    • MarieRoxanne


      I did that too. Subscribed to every blog out there! But I now have my favorites and this is one of at least 10 that “made the cut”, I had hundreds… yeah, I am just crazy and thankfully I don’t have to go through 800 emails a day anymore!

  • Marnita Parry


    Wow! Awesome gift and just what the bride asked for; friends like you are hard to find. Love the wrap job!

  • lee-ann


    Ditto Laura, Jaye and all. I’m a 60+ feisty diy’er, thrilled to see so many younger gals wielding hammers and saws these days. Among them all, your posts are always a welcome delight and inspiration. The challenges of heavy object wrangling, solo country living, willful critters and laundry are full of authentic shake-my-head challenges met with wit, tenacity and good humor. The best of life! Thank you for sharing. Now, about those tools. Have I missed a post about your tool choices? When I bought a chain saw I did lots of research before settling on the BandD battery one. It fulfills most of my needs perfectly. I figured I don’t need to be sawing up anything bigger than it can handle :-) I’m currently lusting over mitres, chop saws and a drill press tough enough for drilling holes in metal for my mobiles. And I love that sander you have with the dust bag.

  • MarieRoxanne


    This is a perfect gift, that will actually get used and displayed for all to see!
    You did a great job and luckily you had time to finish it before the “brunch”
    I love all things handmade instead of store bought that everybody and their neighbor has brought into their houses making their homes resemble a display of their favorite stores instead of their personal style.
    (P.S. I really love the fact you used the torn up Ikea box for this, sounds like something I would do…)

  • laerke


    http://pinterest.com/pin/19210735881907502/

    came across this and it made me think of you

  • Eco Handyman


    I think it’s a wonderful gift! You know she will use it and you don’t have to worry about someone else getting them the same thing!

  • Workwear shop


    Thanks for the wonderful step by step guide to making the wine rack. Looks great :-)

  • Kylae J


    I am so impressed. I’ve been wanting to install one of these in our kitchen. This should help a lot. Thank you for this wonderful guide!!

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