Wine Rack Design Question

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Forum topic by RJones posted 09-03-2009 03:26 PM 1366 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2009 03:26 PM

I am looking to build a couple small wine racks and was looking for some input on design. I guess my biggest question is what have most of you used for hole diameters in the front and back? I am looking to build the type where the hole in the front is smaller than the back. My guess is 1” on the front and 3” on the back however I am not a wine drinker so I don’t know how well that works for the majority of wine racks.



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#1 posted 09-03-2009 03:33 PM

4” dia., hole fits most wine bottles

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 05:10 AM

I think it depends on if the wine rack is somewhere it can be seen. Mine is in the furnace room so all I care about it function.

I made two strips about a foot apart and screwed 1/2” x 1/2 spacers as I remember it 4” apart. Screwed cleats on the ends and screwed them to a frame on the end. To make sure it did not fall over, I screwed it to the studs in the wall. It holds 72 bottles. I think I made it all out of scrap wood so the only cost was the screws.

Pretty simple but it works.


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#3 posted 09-10-2009 06:34 AM

I just built something like you are talking about.
For the small bottles I made the half circles at 3 1/2” radius, the large circles were 4” radius and the front circles that fit around the neck are 1 1/2” diam.

Hope this helps

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 06:51 AM

Yes, I agree with Dave. Being from Texas myself, we’ve got to stick together. Small end = 1 1/2”, large end = 4”. This will fit anything but a magnum or a half bottle of port. Make sure the centerlines of the circles are horizontal. You don’t want to let the cork dry out. Good luck.

I’ve been in search of a wine rack design. I found that long horizontal slats with a certain gap in between allow the bottle to lay flay, but without the circle cutting.

Did you notice that you can cut the holes, rip the boards in half, and have two for the price of one?

Anyway, here’s the flat slat design I was talking about. Although it’s a little Krenovian for me, I liked it in a craftsman kind of way. I can see where the half circle design is more acceptable to the standard wine rack peeps.

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 06:23 PM

Thanks for the ideas guys. I think I am going with the circle type at this point. I will post some pics when I am done:)


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