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Countertop Wine Rack

This contemporary wine rack displays seven bottles of your favorite vintage in a minimal amount of counter space.

painted countertop wine rack to display your wine bottles

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials

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Build the front and back frames

Step 1

Square the ends of each dowel and cut the vertical pieces (A-G) to length. The frames must be identical in size, so cut all of the same parts to equal lengths. Then cut the nine horizontal connectors (H) to length and set them aside.

Good to Know

Save time sanding all those small parts by sanding each dowel face before it's cut. Tape a half-sheet of 120-grit sandpaper to a flat surface and press the face of the dowel against the sandpaper as you move it back and forth with the grain. This also helps avoid rounding over the corners.

Step 2

On part A, measure and mark the locations of parts B, C, and G (Wine Rack Project Diagram, Front/Back Frame Diagram). On part B, measure and mark the location of part F. Drill 1/6-in pilot holes, then glue and nail the parts in place using a square to ensure 90-degree angles.

Good to Know

Use small (1-in capacity) clamps to temporarily hold parts together while you drill the pilot holes. The size of the wood makes pilot holes essential to avoid splitting the wood, especially close to the ends.

Step 3

Measure and mark the locations of parts D and E on parts B and C. Drill pilot holes, then glue and nail the parts in place. (Use scraps under parts B and C as supports while you nail the others in place.) Repeat for the second frame.

Step 4

Clamp the horizontal connectors H in position while you drill 5/64-in pilot holes from the underside (Wine Rack Project Diagram, Connector Locations). Then glue and screw the connectors in place and let dry.

Step 5

Finish-sand where needed and patch any nail holes.

Good to Know

For a project this small, you can make your own wood putty to cover up nail holes if you don't plan to stain the wood. Collect the fine sawdust from your sandpaper and mix it with a few drops of wood glue to form a paste. Thin it with a couple drops of water as needed. Then apply it quickly using your finger or a putty knife. Let dry and sand smooth.

Step 6

Wine rack closeup

Finish with a clear spray coating or the spray paint of your choice (we used La Fonda Copper).