Introduction: Scrap Wood Wine Glass Rack

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This is a handsome wine glass rack made from scrap wood and wooden dowels. It takes about an hour to make using only a few hand tools.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

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  • Circular saw
  • Hand drill
  • 7/16" drill bit + countersink bit
  • Palm sander
  • Tape measure, straight edge, & pencil


  • Scrap wood (I used a piece of 3/4" Plyboo)
  • Wooden dowels, 7/16" diameter

Step 2: Measure the Wine Glasses

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The bowl of my wine glasses measures about 3" in diameter and the stem is about 7/16". I placed the dowels at 1" O.C. (on center) to hold the stems with 2 1/2" O.C. between. This gives me about a 1/2" gap for the stem and 3 1/2" of room for the bowl.

Step 3: Mark, Cut & Drill

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1. Mark out the boundary of the base: 17 1/2" X 2"

2. Clamp the piece down and cut out the rectangle using a circular saw.

3. Mark out the centerlines of the holes and drill them using the 7/16" bit.

4. Drill 2 countersink holes for screwing the rack to the wall later.

Step 4: Sanding

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Since plyboo is very dense, I opted not to use any finish and just sand it with 180 grit sandpaper and a palm sander. I eased the edges as well.

Step 5: Add the Pegs

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I cut the dowel down to 4 3/4" lengths, but anything that leaves a peg of 3" or more will be safe. Hammer in the pegs with a rubber mallet and you're done.

Step 6: Screw It to a Wall and Display Your Glasses

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I used square drive countersunk screws (instead of philips head or flat) because they look unique. I think it's always good practice to make exposed fasteners look intentional; using non-standard hardware is a good way to do that.


NickT143 (author)2017-02-22

Where did you get those wine glasses? They're so nice!

JohnD304 made it! (author)2016-03-13

Thanks for the idea! Yours is much more professional, mine is a craft project. Used scrap lumber, reused old screws, cut up old chopsticks for the pegs - put in at an angle, as earthquakes hit my area & having the pegs slanted down to the frame should keep the glasses from falling in most quakes (though I could make them more secure). Didn't want to put holes in the walls or cabinets, so hung the rack with screw-in hooks. Holes in the ceiling can easily be filled in, painted over when I move.

JON-A-TRON (author)JohnD3042017-01-19

Good work man! The angled pegs are a good idea, I should have done that.

It looks great! You're right, those square drive countersunk screws are a cool touch!

Thanks! Those are my default for just about every project with exposed fasteners. I recently found out they're actually called Robertson screws and they're a Canadian invention.

Ellystu (author)JON-A-TRON2015-01-12

Neat project! Great detail. Thanks! Plus, I got a chuckle. I was wondering what folks were finding interesting about the screws. Thought I was missing something. Up here, those are mostly all we use, eh ;)

JON-A-TRON (author)Ellystu2015-01-12

One of the great Canadian Inventions- they're pretty much all I use too!

domenic3 (author)2014-09-02

would look good in a restraunt

dbrown75 made it! (author)2014-08-29

hi iv just made this today and I'm thinking of making a blog of redesigning my flat would you mind if I tagged you in it when I post it (might be a few months away) iv also used the same idea to make a coat hanger

JON-A-TRON (author)dbrown752014-08-29

Please do! Good idea, adapting it for a coat rack.

andrea biffi (author)2014-08-03

so cool!

Willie Kruger (author)2014-07-28

Great use of scrap wood. I will definitely make this wine rack!

ST_Ranger (author)2014-07-18

i love the wine glasses! what brand are they? i want!!!!

JON-A-TRON (author)ST_Ranger2014-07-19

They're from CB2:

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