Here is an easy project to hold bottles of all sorts (Wine, Gin, Vodka etc). This project requires at a minimum 6 hours of time and no tools! - (note, unless things get stubborn, then you may need some WWD40 and a pipe plier.)
This rack may end up being a bit of a puzzle, so read the next step thoroughly!
Makes an excellent gift, check out the first few photos of the wine rack I made parked at its new owner's house.
Assembled dimensions. Approx 17" Tall, 10" deep, 12" Wide feet included.
P.S what are the other names (if any) for this theme (pipe and wood) other than Steam Punk?
Step 1: Parts List & Description
Your hands will get dirty, so keep disposable towels and have access to a faucet and dish detergent. The material of pipe I chose was black steel and galvanized steel for the flanges. I went with a brand called Aquadynamic from the Home Depot.
What you'll need for this particular wine rack is!
- qty 24, 3" long by 1/2" diameter pipes (known as nipples as well)
- qty 5, 6" long by 1/2" diameter pipes (known as nipples as well)
- qty 4, 1" long by 1/2" diameter pipes (known as nipples as well)
- qty 4, 1/2" diameter pipe flanges
- qty 4, 1/2" diameter elbows
- qty18, 1/2" diameter Tee
- Roll of paper towelsOil / lubricant like WWD40 (optional)
- Pipe pliers (optional)Paper towels, faucet and dish soap to clean your wine rack and yourself with.
Clean every part as it comes out of the packaging. Try to clean it 'dry' at first without soap and water. (if you wash it with soap and water there is a chance you'll prone the steel to rusting later on)
Step 2: Basic Assembly [Must Read!]
Key things to understand.
- Rotating a part on its own will "translate" that part left, right, up or down, depending on its orientation and how you rotate the part.
- Rotating a part between two parts will not bring the two parts at the opposite ends together. The part you rotate will simply translate into one of the other two parts at the opposite end.
- To get any adjustments in one direction, you have to free the part in another direction. (This will become very obviously, very quickly.)
- To lock parts together you should press them together so that they are flush, then rotate a part till a few threads are engaged in both parts at either end of the part you are rotating.
- You'll need about 1/4" thread of engagement to keep things honkey dorey
Check the notes I put in the photos!
Step 3: Verticle Support
- Take three Tee's and three 3" nips and screw them into each other in a row. Leave an equal amount of thread engagement on either side of the niples. Make sure each other the Tee's are oriented in the same direction. Do this four times.
- Take a flange and a 1" nip and screw one into the other till its tight. Screw the nip and foot assembly into the first Tee of the row of Tee's and nips you made earlier.Do this four times.
- Take an elbow and screw it onto the 3" nipple available at the top of row of Tee's and nips you made earlier. Make sure the elbow is oriented perpendicular to the Tee's. Do this four times
Step 4: Horizontal Support
Take one Tee and screw in two 3" nips on either end of the Tee hand tight. (As in the opposite of leave thread! Do this as much as you can without a wrench!). Do this six times.
Step 5: Frame Assembly
- Take one vertical support assembly and screw in hand tight three horizontal support assemblies for each available Tee. Do this twice.
- Take another vertical support assembly and press the available Tee's into the horizontal support. (You may need a partner to help with this). Do this twice
- If you can't get everything aligned in one go, try it row by row. This is more appropriate if you do not have a partner and its illustrated in the photos. Refer BASIC ASSEMBLY on how to get nips in between Tee's when stuff is already put together.
- Loosen the 3" nips on the horizontal support assembly so that they engage the vertical support previously. Do this six times.
- Appropriately loosen and tighten the 3" nips on the horizontal support assembly until all the Tee's on the horizontal support assembly are aligned.
- Appropriately loosen and tighten the 3" nips on the vertical support assemblies until all the Tee's are aligned in the vertical direction. (This is the toughest step.)
Step 6: Frame Support
- Take a 6" nipple and thread it hand tight into one frame from any available Tee. Do this 5 times for all available Tee's.
- Press the other frame's Tees into the available threads from the 6" nips. (You may need a partner to help with this).
- If you can't get everything aligned in one go, try it row by row. This is more appropriate if you do not have a partner and its illustrated in the photos. Refer to BASIC ASSEMBLY on how to get nips in between Tee's when stuff is already put together.
- Loosen all 6" nipples so that they engage both frames evenly.
Step 7: Adjustments and Clean Up
You can use a pipe wrench and WWD40 on the threads to get up to an extra few turns on the threads. BE WARNED! You may run out of thread where, it'll be impossible to rotate the part even with a wrench before you get the right orientation and adjustments of parts this way! I recommend to adjust at the end of the assembly when needed. Keep things loose up until now!
I've wrapped the top of the frame in paper towel to carry this around the house, and position it where it fits best... rather, it was a gift for my sister so I didn't want her hands to get dirty as she found the best spot in her house.
Note. the paper towels come off.
Step 8: Positioning Bottles
Wine rack is a popular term. Really, this fits any type of bottle with a diameter limited to 3.25". However, because there are so many bottle out there make sure they are long enough from the base of the neck to the bottom of the bottle to fit snugly on the rack.