Wall Mounted Wine Rack

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Project by FuzzyDove posted 01-17-2010 12:55 AM 8771 views 105 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our pantry has a blank wall that was pretty useless so I built a wine rack to fill the space with both art and function. I found a design that I liked (see the last picture) and doubled (sort of) the size to better fit the space. It is made from mahogany (sapelle). The original design used walnut dowels to prevent the bottles from rolling but I changed that to walnut beading to be a little more contemporary. The finish is a simple teak oil. The rack has mahogany plugged screw holes for mounting directly into the wall studs.
Some have asked about size and joinery:
The back board is 3/4” thick which allows plenty of strength and depth for countersinking and plugging the mounting screws. It is 23.5” wide and 28.5” tall. The distance from the top of any shelf to the bottom of the next is 4”. I originally made the shelves 3/4” thick, but it just looked too bulky so I thinned them down to ~0.69”. The shelves are 9” wide x 4.25” deep and the walnut bead sits 3/4” from the front. All exposed edges were lightly rounded using a 5/16” round-over router bit set less than full depth.
Originally I was going to use sliding dovetails to set the shelves, but it seemed like a lot of work for little gain. A bottle of wine is relatively light so, I simply glued the shelves in place with Titebond III and stapled them in from the back side. They are plenty strong and it made the project so quick – just be certain to draw pencil lines to guide your staples. Overall this was a really quick and simple project.

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#1 posted 01-17-2010 12:59 AM

Great adaptaqtion.
Looks great

-- Andy, Pine Plains, NY

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#2 posted 01-17-2010 01:27 AM

Very cool!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#3 posted 01-17-2010 01:44 AM

I like this a lot. Well done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-17-2010 02:22 AM

I really like that design, it makes for a good display as well as being functional. I bet wineries would like something like that in the wine-tasting room. I am always looking for good ideas to cater to the Texas Hill country wineries. I think you got a winner Fuzzy, seeing as how you have 5 times favorited and 5 comments so far ;] Good job and thanx fer the post…..

ps: so what time is the wine-tasting party, hehe..

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#5 posted 01-17-2010 02:24 AM

Great looking wine rack fuzzy. I may have to make this for the in-laws if they see it! Can you post dimensions for us? And did you use screws from the back to hold the platforms in place?

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#6 posted 01-17-2010 02:36 AM

Well knock my knickers off – beautiful display and design for the wine enthusiasts.

I definitely will be making a couple of these for family members….possibly myself.

Looking forward to hear how you attached the shelves to the backboard.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#7 posted 01-17-2010 02:51 AM

WOW. I really like yourwine storage/display rack. I can think of several wine lovers that might benefit from something so beautiful and so funtional as this sytem
Keep us the great work.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#8 posted 01-17-2010 03:05 AM

Nice job…I think I have an idea for a nice present to a wine drinking buddy of mine!
Really looks great!

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,

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#9 posted 01-17-2010 03:14 AM

I have been trying to think of something similar to this, thanks for saving me the time! Great project

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#10 posted 01-17-2010 05:00 AM

very nice work… good use of wasted space…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 01-17-2010 03:12 PM

You have a great design and looks super! Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 01-17-2010 06:18 PM

I would say you nailed it. That looks fantastic. I agree with you about using the beads instead of dowels.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 01-17-2010 06:26 PM

An excellent combination of function and beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 01-17-2010 06:57 PM

This is very creative. This is going into my favorites for future consideration!

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#15 posted 01-17-2010 09:14 PM

For those who have asked, I added dimensions and joinery details to the description. Thanks everyone for all of your kind words!

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