How to Build Wood Wine Racks | DIY Project

How to Build Wood Wine Racks
How to Build Wood Wine Racks

Are you keeping a stack of your favorite wine at home? How do you keep it handy and organized? While it is wise to store wine for availability especially during celebrations and holidays, how and where to store it can be a huge concern.

The wood wine rack can keep all your bottles properly and orderly stored to keep it in a safe and good condition. Aside from that, you can make an artistic ornamental piece out of it, where you can display at home. It is a useful DIY project that you can do conveniently even with any usable wood you can find in your backyard.

So, how to build wood wine racks? Well, you have come to the right place. You will find these simple and easy-to-follow steps as enjoyable as drinking your favorite wine. I used to worry about that before too, but with these processes, I was able to create a useful, custom-made and unique wood wine rack where my wine are now comfortably stacked for an easy and convenient reach when the occasion calls for it.

Things you need to follow this tutorial

Here is the list of materials and tools you will need to complete this DIY woodworking project.

To build a unique and customized wood wine rack, you will need the following materials:

  • Wood

You may use any wood such as redwood, pine, mahogany or oak in varying sizes depending on the dimension and design of your wood wine rack. How many bottles of wine would you want to fit in your wine rack? Consider that question while picking for the size and type of wood to use.

In this tutorial, however, I use 1” x 6” pine wood, as I like its texture more and does not need a huge wine rack at the moment. We will be using the oak dowel as well as part of the frame of our wine rack.

  • Wood Screws and Nails

These come in many different sizes, hence, before buying, check this with the size of wood that you will be using. You will be using this to securely connect the wood together.

  • Wood Glue

Like the normal paper glue, wood glue also has the same usage. And in this case, we will be using it when attaching the oak dowel to the wood pieces when assembling the racks.

  • Sand Paper

The sand paper will make sure the surface is clean and smooth and the cuts even for a more finished look.

  • Dye, Stain, Paint

You can paint or enhance the color of the wood using the stain to give it complete finishing touches. It gives the wood wine rack the glow and shines for a more sophisticated look. It will make your finish product will look like those bought straight from the stores that cost several dollars.

Stacking wines at home surely have several perks. But along with this, comes the problem with the storage space. Having a wood wine rack will keep your wine in place and organized. Though we can easily purchase one online, it is, however, reasonable and cost-effective when you do it yourself. By keeping these following pro tips in mind, you may find building a wood wine rack easy breezy and convenient.

Consider your need and available space.

Building your wine rack gives you the liberty to decide on the design and size you want and need. If you consider yourself a wine hoarder and you have the available space at your home, then you can make a huge 15-bottle, or 18-bottle wine rack to store all your wines. However, you can build small-scale models as well, if you are one of those who only keeps their supply to a minimum. To maximize space, you can opt for a vertical-designed rack to stack your wine bottles too.

Choose creative but practical design.

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Take safety precautions.

It is also important to equip yourself with safety gears such as gloves, mask, and eye and ear protection when working. Using the different kinds of saw and drills can be very loud and noisy.

Step By Step Instructions

We all know that there are many different kinds, styles, and sizes of wood wine rack to choose from depending on your style, preference and your need. In this tutorial though, we will be making a counter top wooden wine rack, which can be customized and flexible to increase its capacity by piling more racks must you decide to stack more wine in the future.

Before starting, however, ensure that you have all the tools needed in handy for a fast and an uninterrupted operation.

These tools include:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil /Wood Markers
  • Saw (different kinds)
  • Drill
  • Forstner bit
  • Hammer
  • Stain rags​

Step 1: Cut the wood to right sizes and shapes

With the full dimension of the wooden wine rack you want to build in mind, cut the pine wood into two 21 ½” sizes and the oak dowel to four 5 ½”. This will be the wine rack’s frame and body.

Step 2: Create holes for the wine bottles

Measure 3 1/4” from one side and mark it using a pencil or any wood marker, consequently 5” for every additional hole for more wine bottles to store. Always put a mark upon measuring to ensure precise cuts. Using your drill, cut holes into the wood with your hole saw. Repeat the process on the other markings.

To create the holes for the dowel, mark about ¾” from each end of the wood and ½” from the top and bottom. Using your Forstner bit, drill a small hole on the marks. Be careful when drilling though, as it is not supposed to go straight to the other side. The same process is applied to all four sides.

Step 3: Assemble the pieces

Use the wood glue when inserting the oak dowel to the holes. The dowels will connect the wood pieces together. If you want to make sure it is tight enough to hold the pieces together, you can hammer nails or put the screw on it.

Step 4: Sand the wood

Using the sandpaper, sand the entire surface including the holes of the wood to smoothen and even out the cut and remove all grits.

Step 5: Apply stain or paint

Whichever you prefer, you can do the finishing touches using either of the two. We like the result of the stain though, as it gives the wine rack a rustic look and makes it a nice decorative piece in your kitchen.


What do you think about this tutorial? Did you find it useful and inspiring to start making your own? Building a wood wine rack is one great and creative project to do at home. The process is easy and simple that you can do it yourself. I find it more economical than buying a ready-made wine rack at the store. Aside from that, you can customize and make your unique design. Hence I find this list essential not just to wine lovers but to anyone who keeps a stack of wine available at home. Even beginners will find this very doable and easy.

With this in mind, do you think you can already manage to build one at home? What do you think of these steps? You can write your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below, as I would love to hear from you. And if you find this article helpful, hope you can take the time to share it with your friends too.

  • June 20, 2017
  • DIY