Introduction: Wine Rack for a Bottle and 2 Cups Out of Pallet

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I've been thinking about building a small wine rack for a while, and after I made the wine rack for 16 bottles for my syster, I realized that any project related to wine is more than welcome by viewers.

So.. The cold is finally arriving where I live. And in order to fully enjoy this small season, I've decided to get to work and again create something from nothing but pallet wood and a few tools.

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Circular saw

Jig Saw


Orbital Sander

1/2" Flat drill bit

Hole saw


A small Pallet

Wood glue

80 grit sand paper

My total spending on this project was exactly U$0,00.

Step 1: Select and Dismantle

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Select the pallet that you want to use for your project and begin to dismantle it.

I've found that a rubber hammer is pretty good for the work, because it not only achieve the same result as a regular hammer, but it also doesn't leave any marks after hiting the wood.

Use a crow bar or a regular hammer to remove the nails from the boards.

Step 2: Back Panel

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Select 3 boards for the back panel. Try to choose the boards that the sides are as straight as possible so the glue will have a good contact surface.

Mark 60cm on each board.

Sand the sides slightly just so the wood can adhere more to the other.

Use plenty of wood glue and spread it with your fingers or whatever you have around, and use clamps to hold the pieces togheter.

If you don't have big clamps, you can use staples so the joints can be as tight as possible.

Don't worry about the looking. After everything is done the marks from the staples will be removed.

Step 3: Cutting the Cups Support

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While the back panel dries, start building the cups support.

Measure the width of the back panel and cut 2 pieces with the same measurements.

Step 4: Drilling Holes for the Cups

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In one of the boards that you cut previsouly measure the middle of the width and trace a line, do the same for the height.

By doing that you'll be splitting the wood in 2 exact pieces. Measure the middle of each piece and drill a hole with the 1/2" flat drill bit.

After that trace 2 lines from the edges of the hole to the edge of the wood and cut it out with a Jig Saw.

Cut also 2 spacers with 3cm of height.

Step 5: Sanding and Gluing

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Sand all pieces from the cups support and use wood glue and clamps to glue everything togheter.

Step 6: Bottle Holder

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For the piece that will hold the bottle, cut one of the board's ends with the circular saw with a 45º angle. Measure 28cm from this end and cut again with 45º angle but in the opposite direction (it will look something like this /____\).

Step 7: Bottle Hole

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Still on the bottle holder piece, measure 9,5cm from one end of the board and use the hole saw to drill. You can choose between drilling it with a 90º angle from the board to the drill or with an angle.

Remember that the hole saw needs to be a little bit bigger than the bottleneck's.

Sand the inside of the hole.

Step 8: Dry Fit and Cutting Back Panel

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Use the circular saw to do your last cut of the project.

Cut where you marked the 60cm on the back panel.

Dry fit everything and check if it goes as expected.

Step 9: Final Gluing

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Glue everything togheter. Use screws from the back of the back panel to fasten everything.

Step 10: Finishing

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Apply 2 coats of polyurethane based varnish and let it dry for atleast 24 hours.

After that hang it on the wall and enjoy your piece of art.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I forgot to explain any steps.


jkb_6 made it! (author)2017-07-27

Pretty quick, easy build. I made a couple for my wife.

lawlessness (author)2017-07-04

What method do you use to fasten the project to the wall? I love this project but i didnt see any thing about hanging it on a wall correctly. Thanx

JennN14 (author)lawlessness2017-07-09

I'd love to know how to hang it as well.

maxime.stjacques.39 (author)2015-12-08


Great idea! One question though : is the structure strong enough to hold a full bottle? Or does it have to be half full to the most or something like that??


It holds a full bottle with only one screw. It's been on the wall for 2 years and everything is fine :)

Champster17 made it! (author)2015-10-10

2 bottle

Wow! Great upgrade! Thanks for sharing!!

carlhoffman (author)Champster172015-12-08


OlivierM4 made it! (author)2015-12-24

I hope they will like it! I made it for a gift!

Oh I bet they will!!

dgodwin made it! (author)2015-12-29

Finished mine this week.

foradoescritorio (author)dgodwin2016-07-10

Awesome! Congrats!!

Barnes247 (author)2016-04-26

took abit of a different approach but managed to make this out of spare parts left in garden. Just got to varnish it and its all set for a gift. Thanks for the upload it is such a great design and look! much appreciated :)

It is a very beautiful project that can be done with a few tools and random wood. Thank you for the feedback and congratulations!

Barnes247 made it! (author)Barnes2472016-04-27

Re: Wine holder, Just a quick update as i have finished it just in time as the womans birthday is tomorrow :)

lesgas63 made it! (author)2016-06-01

Finished mine. Used pocket screws for some added strength. Plan to make more as Christmas gifts for some friends and family. Thanks for the plans

Looks beautiful! Keep building.

NormanS9 (author)2015-11-08

hi, sorry to ask as i am just building my diy kit and never used a hole saw. what size hole is drilled for the bottle please. can`t wait to build this as it will make some great christmas presents. regards and thanks

OutlawKtulu (author)NormanS92015-12-08

I've made free standing wine holders that will balance when you put the bottle in the wood, and the hole I made for those are 1-1/2 inch

tomtheswanson (author)2015-11-24

Great project!

Champster17 (author)2015-10-09

Tried with two bottle

PBetzjr (author)2015-10-04

what color varnish did you use?

arichio (author)2015-08-04

Nice work. I just made one but tweaked the angle on the wine bottle holder to make it stand straighter so everything is within the piece, I'm weird like

bio_logic (author)2014-12-23

Christmas gift for my mom, a wine lover. Thanks for instructions, turned out great!

I'm glad! Did she like it? :)

It is on the the wall in her dining area. High praise from her!

peterberna made it! (author)2015-02-01

Fun project. I used a walnut stain though before urathaning it.

Rustic! Congrats!

masoon made it! (author)2015-03-11

Made, and donated it to a fund raiser. Thanks for the inspiration.

foradoescritorio (author)masoon2015-06-14

Awesome!!! Thank you!!

jordan.christian.501 made it! (author)2015-03-23

Awesome instructions. A little gift for my parents.

They'll love it a sure! ;)

lawman82 (author)2014-10-18

Finished mine today. Staining and varnishing tomorrow. Thanks for the idea.

dilloncornn made it! (author)2014-08-27

Great project thanks for posting! Just finished mine today just got to stain it tomorrow!

jerrodelliott (author)2014-07-26

Excellent idea. Great beginning project or if you only have a few boards laying around.

gjrobins made it! (author)2014-05-26

Very quick project that looks great!

cosmicbowler made it! (author)2014-05-19

Knocked this bad boy out in 15 minutes!! Thanks for the great instructable!

Vampyra65 (author)2014-05-11

I am in the process of getting metal to build something to pull pallets apart and I'd love to learn to build things that I can make and be sold to support myself. This is very nice and might be one of my first creations. Thanks for the info!

I'm glad to help! If you need some ideas for your tool, this video was my inspiration to build mine -

Hope it helps you as well!

I'm going to be building a pallet pry bar with help from someone on instrucables. His page is here . My problem is I'm trying to find the metal to build it because it's not sold in stores. He's been helping me find where to buy it. That person you bought it from wants a lot of money that I just don't have right now but it was nice to see his video of how it works.

Vampyra65, I didn't buy it from him. I took the video to a locksmith and we guessed measurements and made one. He charged me around 10 bucks to make it. Here's a picture of how it is

If you want I can measure it up and send you the specifics.

Can you post the specifics please ?

Wow, you built one like that ? Awesome! My problem is finding the 1" x 1" by 1/4" square metal pipe described in Darrens instructable. I thought out of desperation maybe trying to build the wood one. We do have a welder so if you can tell me what type of metal you used that would be great. The thing I do like about this one better are the flat pull up bars on the bottom that goes under the boards. Any info you would be willing to give me it would be appreciated. Everyone here has been so helpful and kind and I love this place :o)

bacardiman04 (author)2014-05-10

Just got done building mine for my fiance for her Birthday Day! Still needs varnish. Thanks for the instructable!

antioch (author)bacardiman042014-05-12

I upcycled some pallets for our nursery furniture and used pure olive oil which gave the wood an surprisingly awesome orange-golden glow.
(I got some darker gold tone from olive oil with slightly fermented walnut husks that had been sitting in the cellar for a bit but that's probably not an option for you right now since you need to collect them in fall.)

Eh Lie Us! (author)antioch2014-05-12

What's the status of pallet wood for furniture? I've heard that it can be toxic (sprayed with insecticide/fungicide). Others say that it's ok. Share the wisdom because there is a lot of pallet would out there.

antioch (author)Eh Lie Us!2014-05-12

Good call, Elias!
Look for the [HT] stamp which means heat-treated. Most 1st world countries don't allow any other treatment than HT anymore. To be on the safe side, avoid [MB] pallets at all and also check for stains or mold and if in doubt, don't use them for larger furniture in the house.
In most cases you will be in doubt, especially if using multi-use pallets from the dumpster.

Sometimes the cubic support blocks (spacers) are made from soft- or presswood, egnineered wood or cardboard and there can be all sorts of nasty stuff in there (most often formaldehyde but it's basically wood waste from god-knows-what so there could be anything in it).
And, of course, pallets are used and stored in the weirdest of places and get exposed to all the wonderous chemicals our modern industry has devised and when you get one from the dumpster you it's not a blank.
There's also supposed to be a small business in poor countries going on where they re-brand toxic pallets as heat-treated but I don't have any details on that.

There's some hysteria about wood being a great breeding ground for bacteria but in fact wood has great antibacterial properties and the only nasty bacteria found in pallets were miniscule and found in stains from leaking poultry products, as far as I know.
Polyurethane varnish is also supposed to seal stuff off pretty good (although, having studied hydrochemistry, I prefer not to have any man-made chemicals near my food or dishes at all).

Wood is thirsty and since olive oil is cheap and the effect
gets better and better I apply often and generously which also clogs the
pores pretty good. So surface area and pores being sealed off this way further minimizes possible leakage. But the pallets I used for our nursery furniture where brand new, contained no soft- or presswood and I knew they had been manufactured for the local building material supplier I got them from so I was pretty sure they didn't have a shady past.

Some stuff to read:

You'll find plenty more interesting sources googling for something like
+pallets +toxic +countries

Eh Lie Us! (author)antioch2014-05-15

Good night, Irene! Or Antioch as it were. Thanks for the great tips! Read about the toxin stuff some time ago and it just stuck with me. Now that I got the codes down this will be a snap.

I'm curious about your olive oil. Does it smell off after a while or is that just with the cheap stuff that I cook with?

antioch (author)Eh Lie Us!2014-05-16

Haha, thanks! No, there's not much of a smell issue at all. You can smell the olive oil as you apply it, of course, but once it has soaked in the fragrance changes to a more, i dunno, musky, wood-like fragrance. I definately like it a lot.
Maybe because it doesn't get heated, maybe because it mixes with the fragrances of the wood. But it's definitely better than that of the chemicals in a commercial varnish.

Do you just cook or also fry and bake with olive oil? As far as my research goes olive oil isn't meant to be heated at all and I definately wouldn't use it for the latter things. Transfatty acids and acrylamid are just 2 of the nasty things and heat destroys most of the great things in the good oils.
Cocoa fat/butter seems to be the best to heat but that's another story.

P.S.: Maybe both our tastes are off because I was to an olive oil tasting and I found many of the expensive "high-end" oils smelled and tasted too strong and slightly disgusting. =D

Vampyra65 (author)Eh Lie Us!2014-05-12

I've done some reading on the subject and this website gives you some info about safety and what to look for:

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