Build this rack to store your wine collection according to vintage or estate – and then drink a toast to your handiwork.

Materials you will need:

  • one sheet of 18mm plywood, cut to:
    • two 1 500 x 300mm (sides)
    • two 464 x 300mm (base and top)
    • one 464 x 100mm (strut)
    • one 1 364 x 464mm (back)
    • three 650 x 260mm (shelves; see ‘It’s in the angle’ below)
  • 22 x 44 x 2 400mm planed pine (shelf edges)
  • one packet 6mm x 40mm chipboard screws
  • paint, varnish and/or wax
  • cordless drill and 3mm bit
  • jigsaw
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • multi–square
  • scraper
  • paintbrush
  • wood filler
  • 120-grit sandpaper

Step 1

Measure and mark an 18mm-strip (the thickness of the base plank) on the two 1 500 x 300mm side planks, 100mm from the ‘lowest’ end.

Step 2

Drill two pilot holes between the two lines.

Step 3

Screw the 464 x 300mm base piece between the two sides.

Step 4

Screw the 464 x 100mm strut beneath the base.

Step 5

Screw the remaining 464 x 300mm plank to the other end between the sides to form the top of the wine rack.

Step 6

Place the 1 364 x 464mm piece for the back in position and screw in place.

Step 7

If your timber merchant hasn’t already done so, cut one short end of all three 650 x 260mm shelves at a 45º angle.

Step 8

Cut the other short end of one of the shelves at 45º, but at an opposite angle to the other side.

Step 9

Place the wine rack on its back. Position the three shelves (see sketch) and screw in place.

Step 10

Mark and cut the 22 x 44mm plank in lengths that fit exactly over the front of the shelves. Screw these edgings in place as a finishing touch.

Step 11

Fill all the screw holes with wood filler and allow to dry thoroughly. Sand the entire wine rack to a smooth finish and varnish or paint it in the colour of your choice.

Step 12

We painted the shelf edges with blackboard paint so we could write the name and vintage of the wine on each one. The rest of the rack was coated with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.


Referenced from Gallo images / Home Magazine

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