|Project by FuzzyDove||posted 01-17-2010 12:55 AM||7633 views||103 times favorited||21 comments|
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 I originally made the shelves 3/4” thick, but it just looked too bulky so I thinned them down to ~0.69”.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.