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1708 days ago

I’ve been asked to build a wine rack as a christmas present. BUT. I drink beer, not wine. So I have no idea what dimensions I should make the cubby for each bottle—Is there anything close to a standard wine bottle diameter?


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#1 posted 1708 days ago

1.25” for the narrow end and 3.25” for the wide end should fit most bottles.

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#2 posted 1708 days ago

If using anything like lattice or similar, then front to back spacing should not be more then 8 or 9”

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#3 posted 1708 days ago

I just measured a wine bottle, and it’s about 3” in diameter. I think I used 4”x4” to give it some visual space and make it easily divisible. If you support the large end sufficiently, you don’t have to worry about the cork end because it’ll sit flat and keep the cork wet. It also makes it easier to grab the bottle neck. Of course, this doesn’t handle magnums, but we only use magnums for Holidays, so they don’t sit around long.

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#4 posted 1708 days ago

You might find this Wine racks Free Woodworking Plans useful (Google is your friend)

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#5 posted 1708 days ago

Thanks CaptainSkully and Vincent! Flyforfun—it will be solid box-type cubbies, but the front-to-back measurement answered my other question too. Thanks!

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#6 posted 1707 days ago

fotbr – i just finished one myself. check here for some pictures. For the depth of each slot, I went 11.5” and each bottle sticks out the front by about an inch or so. Careful when you make the width that it can hold a champagne bottle (usually the widest bottles you might use), but not so wide that it’s sloppy for “common” diameter bottles. I have my measurements somewhere. If you’d like them, let me know and I can look.

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#7 posted 1670 days ago

Hey, I was looking to build some wine racks in my basement, and I really had no idea where to start. Believe it or not, I started thinking about it and even though I’m very good at woodworking, I really didn’t know what my design criteria would be.

So I found this article on wine rack plans and it brought up some really good points that I considered. The biggest one being to plan for expansion of my wine collection… I never even thought about it.

I also ended up adding a place to keep my glasses and oddly shaped bottles as well.

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