Making an Over-Cupboard Wine Rack

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My fiance and I just moved from an apartment into a rental house and I've been on fire building things in the garage.  The latest project is a simple wine rack to keep the nicer bottles out of the way and use up some of that empty space above our kitchen cupboards.

I started by making a mockup out of cardboard to make sure it'd actually hold wine and fit the available space.

The rack is just 5' of 1x4 and 5' of 1x6 with some 2x4 bracing holding them together.  The rear notches are cut with 3/4" between them and are about 3-1/2" wide which gives me space for 14 bottles in just a hair over 5' of cupboard.  There's really enough room for two rows of bottles up there, but I haven't decided on the best way to add a second layer yet.

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    2 years ago

    Great idea. Looks good


    7 years ago on Introduction

    That's a cool idea. We too keep our wine in the kitchen. We've never had any problems with it. Between my wife and her girl friends, we don't have to worry about wine going bad :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    It is a great wine rack. However wine does better when kept dark and cool. having them on top of the cabinets will cause the wine to heat up as hot air collect near the ceiling especially in kitchens and game rooms.

    Just a thought.

    They lean very slightly downward. I believe it is enough that the corks are all moistened. Thanks for the suggestion, though; that is certainly something to keep in mind when building a wine rack.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice project, but I'm not sure about the location you have chosen.
    I think the heat of the kitchen may affect the quality of the wine ...

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, that's something I've definitely thought of. I'll have to see how it goes and go from there. Unless you have any suggestions to abate the heat up there?