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This was a house warming present for a group of friends' first apartment.

I found the plans here:

and altered them slightly for my own means.  

Total cost is around $20.
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Step 1: Measure it out

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For the wood, in order to hold the weight of wine bottles, I used a 3/4"x3"x8' solid oak board (Home Depot,about $9)

I copied and blew up the dimensions template, printed it out, and traced it onto the board to make the first piece that would act as the template for the rest of them.  You could also just measure it out by hand on the board as well.

Step 2: Drill the holes and cut them out

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I find that it would be easier to drill the 1-1/2" holes first, and then cut the wine holder parts with a saw.

In total, I measured and cut out 12 of these holders and cut them out with my jigsaw, sanding each down to a 120 grit finish (doesn't have to be perfectly smooth, just sans splinters with no sharp edges).

Step 3: Measure out the placements and pilot drill

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After cutting out the holders, I used the rest of the board as the base.  Giving about an 1" of clearance at the top of the board, I drew a  45 degree zig-zag going down the board to account for all the holders, and an extra 2"-3" of clearance at the bottom.

I used 1-1/4" wood screws to attach the holders to the board, so I drilled 3/16" pilot holes (1/8" works too), spaced symmetrically 1-1/2" apart on each line of the zig-zag.  To be on the safe side, I counter-bored the holes on the back of the board (1/4" bit, 1/4" deep), so that there wouldn't be any chance of the wood cracking.

I then clamped each holder individually on top of one of the lines, with a dab of wood glue in the middle, and drilled the pilot holes through the back of the board about 1/2" into the holder.  After the pilot holes, I screwed the wood screws into the two holes. 

I then did the same thing to the rest of the holders, starting from one end to the other.

Verga made it!1 year ago

I built two of these one out of Ambrosia Maple (Sounds better than wormy maple) and the other out of Oak. I made mine 6 tiers high. I copied the pattern, resized them on Microsoft Word and used a glue stick to attach them to the wood for the nests. They went together very fast and simple . I left these raw but plan on staining others. Thanks for the great instructable.

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guyzo35 (author)  Verga1 year ago

They look great, thanks!

orksecurity5 years ago
Nice design... though given that you used oak, I'd have suggested either staining it or ebonizing it with iron solution rather than painting it. Oak's a nice wood; paint hides the pretty.
guyzo35 (author)  orksecurity5 years ago
I agree on the staining, but the color choice belonged to its new owners. I've never tried ebonizing before, what sort of color can come out of it? As it notes, oak may contain enough tannic acid to avoid needing the vinegar or bark-tea presoak.
guyzo35 (author)  orksecurity2 years ago
Here's another one I built, with four less nests, but it's stained and turned out quite beautifully, if I do say so myself.
macmundi4 years ago
This is a wicked design!! I love the idea, but I'd say if the rack is full and the bottles were all full, it'd get pretty heavy. Maybe a couple of anchor bolts pinning it to the wall at least.
guyzo35 (author)  macmundi4 years ago
I've loaded it with five or six full bottles at one point, and it showed no signs of sagging or wear on the plastic anchors, but yeah, twelve would be pushing it. Thanks!
Really like the design, and it saves a lot of space. I have two concerns however. For one, storing wine at that angle for a length of time increases chance that the sediment may slide to the cork and build up there. Doesn't harm the wine, but come serving time you may get that sediment in the glass. The bigger concern is that if the cork were to 'fail' for some reason, i.e. it wasn't put on right or who knows what else, it will spill everywhere. However that is rather unlikely, but it would be one hell of a mess.
guyzo35 (author)  myvoiceisdubbed5 years ago
Yeah, those are the given risks, but I think the benefits, in terms of simplicity and use of wall space for storage outweigh them. Hopefully, the bottles don't stay on the rack for too long, which can greatly reduce both these risks ;)
ourmoneypit5 years ago
A hole saw could be used to cut the holes for the wine bottles, they're not too expensive. Also, a spade bit, but I'm not sure if you can get them 1 1/2" diameter, and you'd have to be very careful to drill perfectly vertical. A very nice 'ible, and a nice, sleek design. Added to my 'projects' folder. :-)
kelseymh5 years ago
Excellent project! Beautiful result, and a most enjoyable writeup! There are a few typos here and there (e.g., missing apostrophes) but nothing particularly egregious. It looks like you uploaded all of your pictures in one shot at the beginning. You probably want to remove all but the first from the Intro step (they'll stay in the other steps).
guyzo35 (author)  kelseymh5 years ago
Thanks for the tips! I'm still new to the whole writing instructables thing.
You're most welcome! You've been here 3-1/2 years, and your first two instructables both came out this week, and both featured! Looks like there's something to be said for following that learning curve :-)