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This is a simple wine rack made from the end section of a pallet. This can be made in around an hour and a half depending on what tools you use. You can make it with hand tools and a drill but is a lot easier with power tools. It's simple, easy and cheap to make, and women love them.

 
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Step 1: Cutting the pallet

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Use a circular saw or hand saw and cut in the indention of the pallet where fork lift forks go. The height of the wine rack will be roughly 16-17 inches tall depending on where you cut it.

Step 2: Pulling boards off for the bottom

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You'll need two boards for the bottom of the wine rack, you can use the center of the pallet to get these boards. Using a hammer and a pry bar or whatever you have to get in between the boards, hammer it in and pry them off. This may take some practice and be frustrating because the ends have a tendency to crack and break, but eventually you'll get the hang of it or get quality wood that wont crack.

Step 3: Cutting small pieces

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You'll need 3 smaller pieces to separate the board that holds the glasses and supports the bottom. You can get these by cutting up the bigger section of pallet that the boards are nailed in to. The pieces need to be the length of the board and 1x1 or a little bigger if you'd like. You can use a hand saw to cut them up or whatever you have. I used a circular saw to cut them off the pallet then used a band saw to cut them to dimension.

Step 4: Sanding

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Pallets are usually rough so I sand them down to make them look better and prevent getting splinters. Depending on how rough it is, I just used 120 grit and then 220 grit to finish.

doodlecraft11 months ago

Total lady killer! :) I love the hanging glasses!

otosan_0411 months ago

This is a winner!!

Jlab132 months ago
Ok stupid question, what part of the rack do I screw into the studs?
gixxerjoe04 (author)  Jlab1311 days ago

Meant to reply but forgot so you probably figured it out by now, but in the back board that goes across where the neck of the wine bottles would be.

mangol11 months ago

This instructable is easy to follow and very detailed, I have only one remark on the design though. Wine should never be stored top side up, unless it is being served wine should always be stored with a "wet cork", in other words, wine that is stored this way will result in something you will not enjoy drinking in the future.

For beer or anyother drink that does not require being stored as wine, this is a great design.

Only true if the cork is real. Synthetic corks do not need to be kept wet, and bottlers recommend that they are not (in other words, recommend bottle is stored right side up.)

R4L technoslick1 month ago
@technoslick That is completely new to me. I am a 4th generation grape grower and wine maker, we have a long family tradition in making wine, but of course we do not produce for the vast market, our focus is on quality and not quantity.
By synthetic cork I am assuming something derived from some sort of petroleum based composition (do correct me if I am wrong, please) and as such I would not recomend it for good wine nor for storage.
By wet cork I ment from the inside not from the outside.

Here is a simple googling for some wine storage images: https://www.google.pt/search?q=wine+storage&newwindow=1&biw=1920&bih=955&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=-r4uVbHXCYbC7gb_koHIBQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ


technoslick R4L1 month ago

I am not a grape grower or wine maker, though my parents were hobbyist at both, here and in the country of my birth. I was speaking to the growing use of synthetic corks in lower priced wine, which I confess to being one of those purchasers. The attached link brings you to just one source I found regarding the use of synthetics:

http://www.enologyinternational.com/cork/cork.html

There is a section within the article that address the use of synthetics.

I do know what is meant by keeping the cork wet and that it is critical for long term storage of an unopened bottle that is sealed with a stopper made of real wood cork.

At any rate, I would say 30-60% of the time (it varies with who in the family is picking out the wines), the corks we are pulling form the bottle are synthetic. And no, we are not paying as much as $25 a bottle or more.

I appreciate your reply comment. As a consumer at the lower end of the spectrum, synthetics are probably offering a value in overall pricing. I think in the case of the rack being shown here, this wouldn't be a long term solution for bottled sealed with real cork, just as you have said earlier. But it wouldn't be a problem for someone who keeps only a handful of bottles on hand that are consumed within a few months of purchase.

rbn1126 made it!4 months ago

Hi there! I made it with an extra stage, need more room :)

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grantlairdjr made it!4 months ago

I used all overleft pallet woods. It turned out looking pretty good. I probably will add one more piece of wood on top part of wine shelf. I will sand and stain it eventually. Smile!

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cfoote7 made it!5 months ago

I made it, I added a top plank to use as a shelf for shot glasses. I also added a walnut stain and polyurethane coating. Here it is pictured with a cherry blossom lamp I made and then a clearer picture after the party when the rack got emptied the night before.

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Looks like someone had fun!

Drs4454 months ago
This was my first project, decided it would make a great Christmas present for the girlfriend. Turned out great - used a honey stain which came out much darker and sealed it with a clear lacquer.
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mrtc_123 made it!5 months ago
I made it, made my own version. Thanks for the idea :)
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cfoote75 months ago
Hey cg guidance, I popped mine on the wall with two 120lb drywall screws cost me $3 at the hardware store
cgguidance5 months ago

what do you use to attach it to the wall? I made it and want to give for xmas so I am just wondering

gixxerjoe04 (author)  cgguidance5 months ago
I used 2, 2.5 inch screws, into the studs, def needs to be in studs because of the weight.
esomers made it!5 months ago

Love it :) made my own version.. it's a pity that it's not really useable as a winerack(wines need to be placed horizontal) but I'm using for my whiskey/gin/etc, perfect for that :)

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Love it! Especially the clever way you made the wine glass slots.

renejcek made it!7 months ago

Here is mine :)

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Thatdan8 months ago
Will be making one
domenic38 months ago

nice design

cknecht9 months ago
easy build thanks for the great pictures
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daveyo819 months ago
Pretty solid and reciever loves it.
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Zevion10 months ago

love it!

asnavely made it!10 months ago
I made one
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dangerine11 months ago

brilliant

dpiccine11 months ago

good job

chiers

Mr_Bean11 months ago

Great! )))

mbristophiles111 months ago

nice

Triclaw11 months ago

this is great and simple wine rack rustic and heavy duty I may use this in my bar