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Combine convenient storage with wall art. This sleek six-bottle wine rack is a perfect fit in the kitchen or dining room.
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No room for a wine cellar? Just store and showcase your favorite vintages on this compact rack -- and impress friends with your handiwork.
From a 1 x 8, cut the back (A) 36 inches long. From a 1 x 4, cut the shelves (B) and top Shelf (C) to length (Wine Rack Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Also, cut two 4-inch-long shelf spacers from the 1 x 4 board.
From the 1 x 4 board, cut one piece 7-1/2 inches long. From the 1/2 x 2 board, cut one piece 8 inches long and one 3-1/2 inches long. Drill 1/4-inch holes in the 1 x 4 board where shown (Drawing 2) -- a drill press will help with this. Then glue and nail the drilling jig together.
Press the 1/2-inch-thick boards of the drilling jig against the front edge and right end of a shelf board (B) and drill 1/4-inch holes 1/2 inch deep in the shelf board for the retaining pins. Repeat for each shelf board and sand the shelves, top shelf, and back with 220-grit sandpaper.
To drill holes of uniform depth, attach a tape flag to the drill bit 1-1/4 inch from the tip.
Measure and mark the pilot hole locations on the back (A) and drill 1/8-inch pilot holes countersunk on the back face. Glue and clamp the bottom shelf (B) in position. After the glue dries for 15 minutes, extend the pilot holes into the shelf and drive #8 x 1-1/2-in wood screws to reinforce the shelf.
Using the two 4-inch spacers, glue and clamp the next shelf to the back. After the glue dries for 15 minutes, extend the pilot holes and glue the back to the shelf. Repeat for the remaining three wine shelves and the top shelf (C).
Apply three coats of gel stain according to the manufacturer’s instructions and let the final coat dry overnight. Then apply at least two coats of clear finish, taking care to keep the finish from clogging the retaining pin holes.
With a hacksaw, cut ten 1-inch-long pieces of 1/4-inch aluminum rod for the retaining pins. Then grip 3/8-inch of a pin in a drill chuck. With the drill flat on a work surface, spin the end of the pin against a file to remove the saw marks. Buff the sides and end of the pin with an abrasive pad. Repeat for the remaining pins.
Insert the rough ends of two pins into a wine shelf (B) and repeat for the remaining shelves.
Screw one piece of the Hangman picture-hanging bracket centered on the back face of the back (A) 3 inches from the top. Screw the other half of the bracket to a wall, driving the mounting screws into a stud or a wall anchor as needed. Then add two rubber bumper pads to the lower back and hang the rack on the wall.