Introduction: Easy Wine Glass Rails

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My father recently built me a media cabinet for under my TV. I only needed half of it to store my toys and my girl's DVDs, so I turned the other half into my liquor cabinet. I decided to add some wine glass storage rails. This Instructable will show you how to make them.  

Step 1: Materials

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First of all, you'll need a table saw for this one. Beyond that, you could probably make do with just a pencil and a ruler. But here's a list of everything I ended up using:
  • Two scrap pieces of Douglas Fir
  • A table saw
  • Pencil 
  • Tape measure
  • Speed Square
  • Combination Square
  • Sliding T bevel
  • Screwdriver/drill
  • Two wood screws

Step 2: Measure and Mark

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I had some nice douglas fir scraps laying around so thats what I used. You'll need two pieces the same size, around 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide.  I made mine 3 inches wide. The length is up to you depending on how many rails you need.  

Start by finding the center of your boards. I use a speed square and mark two 45 degree line starting at the corners. Where they intersect is the center. Next mark 3/8" to the left and right of the centerline. Use the square to extend your marks to the end of the board, and wrap them over and down the edge of the board. This will give you a 3/4" strip in the center of the board which will become the mounting area. Look at the base of your wine glasses and decide how far down the thickness of the board you need to go before you start your marks for what will be the angle cuts. Slightly less that half the thickness of your board should do it. 

Set the depth of the blade on your table saw to this measurement.

Use the sliding T bevel to layout and mark for your angled cuts. Tighten the t bevel, you'll need this angle again to set your saw blade.


Step 3: Cut Two Channels

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Set your table saw fence so the blade will cut on the outside of the 3/4" strip you marked earlier. Make one cut, turn the board around and make the cut along the other side of the center strip. If you set the blade depth correctly, the bottoms of the cuts should just touch the angled marks you made. Repeat the cuts on all your boards.

Step 4: Attach Boards and Cut

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Since I don't have a tenoning jig, I ended up sandwiching the boards so it would be safer to make the angled cuts.

Fasten your boards together with a wood screw at each end. I'd recommend drilling a pilot hole. Be sure to counter sink the screw so it doesn't catch on your saw fence. You can reuse the screw hole to mount your rail, or trim it off later. 

Use the sliding T bevel to set the angle of the saw blade to match your angled marks. Set the depth of the blade so it cuts no higher than the groove we cut earlier for the mounting strip . 

Make the four angled cuts.

Step 5: Separate, Sand and Finish

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Remove the screws, and you're ready for sanding and staining or painting.

Step 6: Install

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Here they are painted and installed.

Comments

IhorW (author)2017-04-08

just in time for my repurpose of armoire into a bar and wine storage. Great plan, thank you for sharing!

rleahy (author)2016-05-26

What was the thickness you used of the boards

audreyobscura (author)2013-03-14

THAT IS GENIUS!!! Favorited this project. Great work, and nice trick.

kaymess (author)audreyobscura2013-03-14

:) Thanks!

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