Introduction: Simple Wine Rack From Pallet Wood

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I was recently cleaning up my work room and noticed I had a couple of pieces of pallet wood left over from another project. Since there were only two pieces, I knew I couldn't make anything too large with it. I had just bought a set of wine glasses from IKEA and eventually decided on making a small wine rack.

What you'll need:

-Wood (I used two 3' pieces of pallet wood)

-Nails or screws

-Stain (optional)

-Paint (optional)

-Rubber feet (optional)



-Drill with various bits

-Dremel with 1/4" sanding drum


-Power sander or sanding block

-180 grit sandpaper

-Paint brush




-Tape measure

-Pen or pencil

Let's get started!

Step 1: Plan and Measure

I used the box that the wine glasses came in as a template for the rack. I drew out a rough sketch of what I wanted and then worked out what the measurements needed to be in order to accommodate everything. I made mine to hold 3 glasses and three bottles, but it's a very simple design and can easily be expanded on.

Next, I measured the lengths of pallet wood to be cut and marked it with my square and a pen.

Step 2: Repair Damaged Wood

My pallet wood was slightly damaged from the dismantling process. I ended up having to glue a pice that had split back together. I just ran a bead of wood glue along the split, then clamped the wood together and let it dry for a few hours.

Step 3: Cut Wood and Nail Pieces Together

Now just cut all of your pieces of wood to the proper length and nail or screw them together. I used an awl to mark the spots where my nails were going and then drilled pilot holes to lessen the likelihood of the nails splitting the wood when I drove them in. Another little trick to help avoid splitting wood when you drive nails in is to give the pointed end of the nail a few taps with the hammer before you drive it in.

Step 4: Cut Grooves for Wine Glasses

First, I marked three spots to drill for the stems of the wine glasses to slide into and drilled them with a large bit. After drilling, cut away the wood from the edge of the board to the sides of each hole with your jigsaw. Afterwards, smooth it all out with your Dremel and sanding drum.

Step 5: Stain, Paint and Sand

I wanted an antiqued sort of look to my wine rack, but this step is entirely optional.

I first sanded the wood down with my power sander and some 180 grit sandpaper and cleaned it with a damp cloth.

Next, I put a coat of dark walnut stain on the wood and allowed it to dry.

I then put to coats of white paint (I forgot to take pictures) on and allowed it to dry for about a day.

Afterwards, I sanded it down with the power sander in a random manner to make it appear that the whit paint had worn away in different areas.

You can put a clear coat on after if you like, but I liked the way it looked as is.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

I put an eye bolt in the side to hold my home made cork screw (I'll post an Instructable in the near future) and a cotter pin bent on a 90 degree angle to hold my home made foil cutting knife. I also just put 4 small rubber feet on the bottom of the rack.

Step 7: Finished!

Now sit back, relax and have a glass of wine.

I hope you enjoyed this quick little Instructable!

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