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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1/2" Flat drill bit
A small Pallet
80 grit sand paper
My total spending on this project was exactly U$0,00.
Step 1: Select and Dismantle
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
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
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
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
Sand all pieces from the cups support and use wood glue and clamps to glue everything togheter.
Step 6: Bottle Holder
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
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
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
Glue everything togheter. Use screws from the back of the back panel to fasten everything.
Step 10: Finishing
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.