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How To Build A Wine Rack - Wine Rack Construction Tips

            Glass Installation Manager
Joe Glass
Installation Manager

Step 1: Consider Your Wine Rack Needs

People will certainly have various wine storage needs which means not everyone will be wanting the same type of wine racks. Some may be looking for a kitchen wine rack, others for a hanging wine rack, or some may just want a simple area to store cases of wine. Whatever your needs are, make sure you have considered how many bottles you need storage for. That means taking into account your future purchases as well. If you plan to grow your wine collection, your wine racks should be flexible enough to "grow" along with your bottles. The following steps may be a bit general as we obviously recommend purchasing a wine rack kit to save you time and money. However, if you are yearning to make several trips to Home Depot and get your hands dirty, we suggest going through the rest of our steps on how to build a wine rack.

Step 2: Measure Your Space

Of course, you will need to consider your floor area prior to building your wine racks. If you're planning on expanding your collection later on, make sure to choose a spot in your home that can accommodate future racking installations. For a first-timer, starting off with smaller racking projects comes highly recommended. You will want to analyze the height, width, and depth of the wine racks you'll be building to ensure that they can accommodate the bottles you will be storing. A standard-sized wine bottle is about 13 inches long and you need about 3 1/2" space to store each individual bottle. For depth, you can get away with a little less than 9 inches if you don't mind the neck of the wine bottle sticking out. Nonetheless, going full depth at 13" to fully protect your wine might be preferable.

Step 3: Cut Your Materials 
Remember, safety first when operating power tools. Be sure you have protective eye gear. Measure twice, cut once!

Step 4: Cut Dados and Interlocking Wood Panels
Your wood panels will need to lock together to provide a secure environment for your wine bottles. We recommend spacer bars with dados cut, or noched, into the wood that will snugly fit each column of your racking. 

Step 5: Sand Your Wood Wine Racks
There is nothing worse than rough wood posts that scratch or tear the labels off your wine bottles. Get to sanding those wood wine racks and smooth them out. Sanding your wood wine racks will help bring about the natural colors of the wood. 

Step 6: Painting, Staining, or Lacquering 
Now is the time to consider your wine rack decor. Will these be unstained and natural wine racks or will you be adding a bit of color? Unstained wood wine racks exude a natural charm, but if you want your wine racks to match with your home's existing decor, you will need to find a matching stain.

Step 7: Assembly
We highly recommend a nail gun in assembly wood wine racks. It makes the process simple and easy to manage. However, there are other options like using a regular hammer and nails or pre-drilling to screw your wine racks together. Some people also use wood glue. Make sure to wear protective gear and do the routine safety check on all power tools you'll be using.

Step 8: Enjoy Your Wine Rack

We wish you the best in creating a beautiful wine rack for your home. If you would like a free design, please send us the measurements and we would be happy to price out some wine racks for your project.

Visit our design services section for more information.

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