Pallet Wine Rack





Introduction: Pallet Wine Rack

About: I do a lot of woodworking, like my facebook page and instagram page, Black Barn Woodworks

This is a simple wine rack made from the end section of a pallet. This can be made in around an hour and a half depending on what tools you use. You can make it with hand tools and a drill but is a lot easier with power tools. It's simple, easy and cheap to make, and women love them.

Step 1: Cutting the Pallet

Use a circular saw or hand saw and cut in the indention of the pallet where fork lift forks go. The height of the wine rack will be roughly 16-17 inches tall depending on where you cut it.

Step 2: Pulling Boards Off for the Bottom

You'll need two boards for the bottom of the wine rack, you can use the center of the pallet to get these boards. Using a hammer and a pry bar or whatever you have to get in between the boards, hammer it in and pry them off. This may take some practice and be frustrating because the ends have a tendency to crack and break, but eventually you'll get the hang of it or get quality wood that wont crack.

Step 3: Cutting Small Pieces

You'll need 3 smaller pieces to separate the board that holds the glasses and supports the bottom. You can get these by cutting up the bigger section of pallet that the boards are nailed in to. The pieces need to be the length of the board and 1x1 or a little bigger if you'd like. You can use a hand saw to cut them up or whatever you have. I used a circular saw to cut them off the pallet then used a band saw to cut them to dimension.

Step 4: Sanding

Pallets are usually rough so I sand them down to make them look better and prevent getting splinters. Depending on how rough it is, I just used 120 grit and then 220 grit to finish.

Step 5: Holes for the Glasses

On one board you need to make holes for the wine glasses. Most pallets are going to be around 40 inches wide and i used around the standard size wine glass but you can make the sizes fit your needs. For mine, I mark 4.5 inches in from the edge and then mark 3 more holes of that one 4 inches from the next. The depth I make them is 1.5-1.75 inches into the board. Then I do the same to the other side.

Step 6: Drilling the Holes

I use a 1-3/8 inch forstner bit on my drill press but you can use a hand drill if you don't have one, and drill out your marked holes.

Step 7: Cutting Gaps for the Glasses

I just use a piece of wood around and inch wide, center it on the hole and mark where I need to make the cuts. Using whatever saw you have, cut the pieces out and sand the rough edges.

Step 8: Putting It Together

I put the boards together and line them up with the bottom of the rack to make sure everything goes together well. I clamp them to my table and pre drill the holes and counter sink them. I use 3 inch screws to put it all together but you can use smaller screws and put it together in sections if you'd like. Make sure you pre drill all your holes either way so it doesn't split the wood.

Step 9: Finished, Hanging

The wine rack is done, now all you have to do it hang it. I use 2, 2.5 inch screws and put them in studs because all the weight from the wine bottles. Depending on where you're hanging it and the studs location, I put them in one stud, skip one and put them in the other so there's 32 inches between screws. Make sure you use a level before putting in the second screw.

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Love it! I made one of these a couple months ago. I put it up on my wall. Even workes with european pallets!

looks good even all raw


2 years ago

Very nice I used your instructions altering only in size cutting it down to two 21 inch wide racks. Thank you

What kind of stain did you use?

That is great, could also be used for stowing all those useful cans etc in a workshop

this pallet wine rack is awesome , well made and i like it so far, thanks for sharing the idea and tutorial


3 years ago

Ok stupid question, what part of the rack do I screw into the studs?

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Meant to reply but forgot so you probably figured it out by now, but in the back board that goes across where the neck of the wine bottles would be.

Yea sometimes it's hard to get the boards off without having split ends. I just make sure to pre drill a hole not much smaller than the screw so it won't add too much pressure to the wood. Think you may have added one extra picture you might have not meant to haha.

This instructable is easy to follow and very detailed, I have only one remark on the design though. Wine should never be stored top side up, unless it is being served wine should always be stored with a "wet cork", in other words, wine that is stored this way will result in something you will not enjoy drinking in the future.

For beer or anyother drink that does not require being stored as wine, this is a great design.

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Only true if the cork is real. Synthetic corks do not need to be kept wet, and bottlers recommend that they are not (in other words, recommend bottle is stored right side up.)

@technoslick That is completely new to me. I am a 4th generation grape grower and wine maker, we have a long family tradition in making wine, but of course we do not produce for the vast market, our focus is on quality and not quantity.
By synthetic cork I am assuming something derived from some sort of petroleum based composition (do correct me if I am wrong, please) and as such I would not recomend it for good wine nor for storage.
By wet cork I ment from the inside not from the outside.

Here is a simple googling for some wine storage images:

I am not a grape grower or wine maker, though my parents were hobbyist at both, here and in the country of my birth. I was speaking to the growing use of synthetic corks in lower priced wine, which I confess to being one of those purchasers. The attached link brings you to just one source I found regarding the use of synthetics:

There is a section within the article that address the use of synthetics.

I do know what is meant by keeping the cork wet and that it is critical for long term storage of an unopened bottle that is sealed with a stopper made of real wood cork.

At any rate, I would say 30-60% of the time (it varies with who in the family is picking out the wines), the corks we are pulling form the bottle are synthetic. And no, we are not paying as much as $25 a bottle or more.

I appreciate your reply comment. As a consumer at the lower end of the spectrum, synthetics are probably offering a value in overall pricing. I think in the case of the rack being shown here, this wouldn't be a long term solution for bottled sealed with real cork, just as you have said earlier. But it wouldn't be a problem for someone who keeps only a handful of bottles on hand that are consumed within a few months of purchase.


3 years ago

This was my first project, decided it would make a great Christmas present for the girlfriend. Turned out great - used a honey stain which came out much darker and sealed it with a clear lacquer.


Hey cg guidance, I popped mine on the wall with two 120lb drywall screws cost me $3 at the hardware store

what do you use to attach it to the wall? I made it and want to give for xmas so I am just wondering

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I used 2, 2.5 inch screws, into the studs, def needs to be in studs because of the weight.