Make a Wine Rack

Project Guide:

Estimated Time: 1 day
Cost: R50
Skill: 2
Assistant: No

Wine with cork stoppers is best stored with the neck downwards, so that the cork is always kept moist, and this simple rack does just that and holds the bottles surprisingly firmly.

This rack is built with just one storage column, but if you lengthen the base, you can extend that to two or even three columns.

Materials:

  • SA pine – 210mmx22mm – length of 750mm
  • Wood glue
  • Finish of your choice

Tools:

  • Jigsaw
  • Router
  • Sander
  • Craft knife
  • Sandpaper

*All materials are available at Selected Mica Stores. To find your nearest Mica and to enquire about availability, please go to www.mica.co.za, to use our store locator. If your local Mica does not stock exactly what you need they will be able to order or suggest an alternative product or a reputable source.

Method:

  1. Wine is available in bottles of different diameters so we selected a hole saw of 86mm diameter – standing the bottles of different diameters in an upended hole saw will immediately let you know what sort of clearance you’re looking at.
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  3. ‘Dry’ position the hole saw on the columnv (340mm high) as shown to give you a good idea as to spacing the bottle positions – we had already trimmed the top corners at 45 degrees. save those offcuts, you’ll need them.
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  5. Measure off the vertical spacing.
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  7. Measure off the horizontal spacing.
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  9. Now you can drill the holes. Cut the holes to just over half the thickness of the wood – in this case 22mm.
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  11. As you can see the centre bit has penetrated the lower surface. Now complete the holes by cutting from this surface.
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  13. The result – very clean holes with no chipping.
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  15. The completed storage column.
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  17. A quick dry-fit and the bottles will fit.
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  19. Glue the storage column to the centre of the base (300mm long).
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  21. Reinforce it with those corner offcuts. Once the glue has cured, sand down the joints (we always sand the main components before assembly – it’s much easier than sanding the assembled unit) and apply the finish of your choice.
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  23. The completed rack.
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