A wine rack can make a great gift for a friend or serve as a great home-improvement project for yourself. Taking the time to build your own wine rack can be a rewarding but achievable experience. Even if you don’t know how to build a wine rack, the steps are fairly simple and can be completed by veterans and amateur woodworkers alike.

Why Build Your Own Wine Rack?

Why would anyone take the time to learn how to build wine racks? Wouldn’t it just be easier to buy a wine rack? It’d surely be cheaper, right? Not quite. There are a number of reasons why you should build your own furniture. Learning how to build a wine rack and successfully completing the project is worth any craftsman’s time.

Just Measuring Up, which provides inspiration for those looking to complete do-it-yourself projects, outlines why you should build your own furniture.  Some of the reasons are touched on below.


When constructing your own furniture, you’ll be able to build it any way you’d like. You could spend hours pouring through various stores in search of the perfect wine rack. Even then, if you like the design, you may hate the color or other aspects of the piece. Never mind the fact that you’re also trying to find a wine rack that fits very specific measurements for your home. Odds are, you’ll end up settling on a wine rack you like but don’t love.

When building your own wine rack, you won’t have to settle. You’ll be able to create a piece to the exact specifications you had in mind. You can translate your vision for a wine rack to paper, and from paper to project. Building your own wine rack ensures you’ll get the perfect piece.

Gain Handyman Experience

If you are not familiar with working with tools, woodworking, or craftsmanship, a wine rack is an ideal piece to start with. Since a wine rack’s sole function is to hold bottles, an imperfection or two won’t be noticeable. Imagine building a chair and incorrectly cutting a corner. It could render the chair difficult to sit in, and you may end up having to start over.

If you commit a mistake on a wine rack, it’s truly not a big deal. Odds are, you’re the only one that will notice it. Wine racks are great pieces to introduce you to craftsmanship, where you’ll learn skills that will last a lifetime.

A Quality, Durable Piece

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Building your own wine rack ensures you’ll get a durable piece that lasts a lifetime. You’ll be able to build the rack from the highest-quality materials, and you’ll know just what you’re getting. Even if this is your first project, there’s a good chance that the wine rack will still be constructed better than an overpriced product that you’d find in a department store.

Additionally, since you’ll know what materials were used for construction, you’ll easily be able to complete any repairs. For example, if the paint on the wine rack chips, you’ll know which color to repaint with. In fact, you may even have leftover paint that you can use for touch-ups. Being able to repair the wine rack easily will help increase its durability.  

Cheap Construction Costs

A wine rack only requires a few inexpensive materials to build. You should be able to purchase the supplies for a cheaper cost than the cost of a wine rack you’d find in a store. In fact, you may even be able to build the piece for free depending on what leftover materials you have laying around the house. A wine rack does not need the quality wood that a table or set of chairs would.

Family Bonding

Walking around stores in search of a wine rack does not scream “family bonding experience.” But working as a team to construct something that will be displayed in your home does! Constructing a wine rack together allows the entire family to pitch in to build something that everyone can be proud of.

Wine rack construction can be completed with the family over a weekend. Everyone can have their own tasks, allowing every member of the family to be included. Even the youngest of children can paint a few pieces, making them feel like a critical component of the task.

Building a Wine Rack

If you don’t know how to build a wine rack, that’s ok. The following information should give you everything you need to build a wine rack. Although there are a number of different design templates that can be found online, we’ll stick with this design from the DIY Network.

Materials Needed

You’ll need a few tools to complete your project. If you don’t have these tools yourself, you can always rent them from a neighbor or local hardware shop. Required tools include

  • Pocket Jig
  • Router
  • Table Saw
  • Electric Drill
  • Miter Saw
  • Hole Saw
  • Power Miter Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Nail Gun
  • Drill Bits

Additionally, you’ll need the following materials to build your wine rack.

  • Plywood
  • 1-1/2” wood screws
  • ¾” plywood
  • 1×4 poplar

Steps to Build Your Wine Rack

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The first thing you’ll want to do is to take measurements. The old adage, “Measure twice, cut once” still applies here. The pre-planning stage is important, especially because you’ll be gluing and nailing pieces of wood together. If a piece is measured incorrectly and the wine rack ends up not fitting, it could be very difficult to correct.

After you’ve confirmed your measurements and drawn up a plan to scale, you’ll want to build the face frame. The table saw should be used to cut poplar to 1-1/2” thickness. You can also secure face frame pieces by using a pocket jig.

Next, you’ll cut the body of the wine rack. Cut four pieces of plywood. Your plywood should be cut so that it fits the face frame, but be cautious of overlap. Once the plywood has been cut, apply it to the face frame using wood glue and clamps. Then, secure it tightly with screws.

It’s now time to construct the shelves. Trace the bottom of a wine bottle on a piece of 1×4 poplar. Be sure each mark is evenly spaced. For aesthetic purposes, it’s recommended that you start tracing from the center and work your way outward. Once the holes have been traced, you’ll drill them out with a hole saw. The holes you cut should be slightly bigger than the holes you traced.

You’ll then repeat this procedure on another piece of poplar for the necks of the bottles. Be sure the holes align with each other so that the bottle can lay flat.

If you’d like, now would be the time to paint or stain the wood, which will allow it to dry before final construction. After painting, you’ll attach the shelves by inserting wood screws through the side of the unit. Your wine rack will look better if the back of the shelf is slightly more elevated than the front of the shelf.

After the shelves are in, install a piece of plywood on the back of the unit. Then, stain or paint the unit again. Be sure to cover up any marks or blemishes that may have appeared during construction. This wine rack can be mounted on the wall using wood screws.

Nuts and Bolts DIY and Making it Matters have both uploaded YouTube videos that detail how to build a wine rack.

Feel Free to Get Creative

At the end of the day, this is your project and your design. You can pick any colors and patterns that you’d like. You can place the wine rack anywhere you’d like. Let your imagination run wild. The only thing that matters is if you’re satisfied with the project. If you do happen to be unsatisfied after building your wine rack, you can always sell it or donate it and start anew.  

If a simple wine rack design is not for you, consider this post from HGTV, which details creative wine rack ideas. Some ideas they’ve provided for creative racks include

  • Incorporate riddling into the design
  • Incorporate twine into the design
  • Using an antique milk crate, providing a rustic look
  • Hang portions of old pallets
  • Incorporate a wine rack into an old dresser
  • Building a wine rack underneath the stairs – imagine Harry Potter’s old bedroom, but for wine!
  • Notched wine holders that allow bottles to lay flat in your cabinet

Momtastic has also provided 51 unique wine rack designs that you can build today. The design possibilities are endless. Even the most obscure products can be transformed into wine storage.  

If you get comfortable building wine racks, consider expanding on your new-found expertise and begin constructing a custom wine cellar, such as the one detailed here in a YouTube video by WhisperKOOL. This post from HGTV also details the steps to build a wine cellar.

Why wait? Begin building your custom wine rack today, and be sure to have fun along the way. Of course, don’t forget to purchase a few of your favorite bottles of wine for display!

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