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DIY Wine Rack and Display Board

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DIY Wine Rack and Display Board

Posted by Alan Speakman on November 17, 2016 - Articles, DIY

It’s no great secret that a big chunk of the fun of being a wine connoisseur lies in the visual aspect of the bottles themselves. Yeah, we could stuff them all in boxes like so many 8-track tapes, but where’s the joy in that? No… Some sort of wine rack is called for to help keep the corks moist, but most wine racks then hide the beautiful labels. But what to buy, or much better, make? I wanted something that met several criteria:

The rack had to be both simple and quick to make

It had to be portable

I was thinking of giving these as presents, so inexpensive was definitely on the radar

The varying sizes of bottles would be a consideration

Extensibility is a good thing

Everyone likes “cool”

After poking at the web, and reminiscing on centerboards, dagger-boards and lee-boards (all with cutout handles), I came up with the following design…

finished DIY Wine board

How to Make Your Own Wine Board?

Well, the photo above tells at least 90% of the story, especially to an experienced woodworker, but here’s a checklist for my approach and the components you’ll need.

Required materials:

A 2’ (or more) by 13” wide slab. (Note: You can use ancient ¾” pine like I did, or you can use new stuff like plywood, hardwood, or even diamond plate…)

Thin reinforcing ply when required (as in this case…)

Appropriate glue

Finish

Bungees as taught slings. (Note: You might choose leather, rope, chain, etc. for the slings. I like bungees because they hold the bottles securely for transport…)

Required Tools:

Circular saw (or whatever…)

Jig saw

Framing square

Drill

Compass

Cardboard for templates

Scissors/razor knife

Standard assortment of drill bits

1” hole saw

Sander with 100 and 220 grit paper

Pencil

Small plane

Rasps

Screwdriver assortment just because

Brush or rag for finish

Building Your Own Wine Rack

Here are the basic steps I used to make my “wine board” complete with bungee straps…

Fig-1_Prepping-old-board-for-reinforcing-handle-laminate

Because I chose to use an antique checked board, I needed to reinforce the top of the board with an inserted laminate.

Fig-2_More-prepping-old-board-for-reinforcing-handle-laminate

The handle cannot fail regardless.

Fig-3_Laminate-in-place-before-glue

With care, precise work can be accomplished, even with a Skil saw and an old timber such as this.

Fig-4_Laminate-glued

Glue is a wonderful thing. Use weight or clamps until the glue is cured.

Fig-5_-Handle-Layout

Your call on the handle design… I wanted mine to have a top indent so that I could hang the board on the wall. If you plan on hanging a larger version, make sure the build and hanging device will be able to support the weight.

Fig-6_Bottle-layout

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