Wall-Mounted Wine Rack .. Don't forget to erase your pencil marks or you'll have to sand it down & re-stain!!

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Let's start out by saying that the iPhone is not user-friendly when emailing photos to my mac. It always comes out sideways, and I can never find the time to rotate, so it is what it is :D One day, I will fix that, just not while in the midst of remodeling 3 units all at once!! Somehow, I still find the time for projects, hehe.

This wine rack is a simple concept, but I wouldn't say it's for beginners. Shelves are one of the hardest things to do...in my opinion. I still hate doing them & very much so. They're not so bad with brackets, but coming in from the back is a nightmare with only 2 hands, plastic clamps that keep breaking on me, and swapping between drills. Nonetheless, I present, a working wine rack :)

The guy who did this originally, well, I don't know what to say about him. I do, but I will be polite :) He suggested using mere staples (as in staple gun) to hold the shelves on. I suggest you DON'T go that route. Here's what I did:

I cut the shelves from a 1x5 & made each one 9" in length. The middle and bottom shelves are roughly 23". You'll know the length of the long shelves once you figure out your back. For the back, I used 2- 1x12's about 28 1/2" in length. They are held together by your bottom & middle shelves. So, butt up your two 1x12's, measure across, and that's how long you'll make your bottom & middle shelves. Everything is held in place by 3" wood screws & that's where I say this is not for beginners. The chance of splitting your wood is extremely likely due to juggling multiple tasks while doing this & the essential need to drill 3" in a straight line. I managed to do it alright, but I can count endless times where I haven't :D Bring on the wood filler!!

I would suggest overdoing it with the screws. You can never have enough support. Although a bottle of wine is relatively light, you're coming in from the back-end anyways. I used wood glue for the walnut beads to hold the wine bottles in place. Well, the closest I could find over here, which is probably nothing more than cheap pine trim, but it's the thought that counts :)

BE SURE TO KEEP THIS IN A DUST-FREE PLACE WHILE STAINING! I have an electrician wiring up a unit before I construct the shell, and what a mistake that was. He got a pile of dust on the stain, so I had to sand it down & re-stain it. Good thing, though, because I forgot to remember a couple pencil markings, hehe. 1st coat, I'll probably go darker. The color scale in the local home depot looks a bit off...


**Sand before you put it together. You don't want to be sanding the little cracks & crevices afterwards.


Common Materials
3 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

2- 1x12 @ 29"
8 - 1x5 @ 9"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Miter Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Wine rack is designed to have the bottle necks hanging off the sides, while allowing for 1 upright bottle on each shelve in the middle.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Blake Allan (not verified)

Sat, 11/12/2011 - 07:48

Im actually out and about, but I will try sometime this week. The picture is actually sideways. One bottle sits in the center (vertically) of each long shelf (bottom and middle). The remaining bottles lay on the shelves with bottle neck pointing outwards (horizontally) The piece of trim on each shelf fits snugly against the bottles holding them in place. As long as the rack is mounted level, there isn't a problem. Actually, doesn't seem to be a problem slightly off level either :-D. This was just a convenient rack to take my wine bottles from the corner of the floor & put them somewhere a bit more safe & nicely displayed. Hopefully that answers it, and I will try and post a pic sometimes fairly soon when I'm not posting from my iPhone :-D


Thu, 11/17/2011 - 09:00

seems pretty easy. I think it would behoove some to know that you'd be better off by fastening the shelf to studs. If you have all 14 bottles on this piece, it will be pretty heavy. I'll send a pic when I finish, thanks for the plan Ana.

Blake Allan (not verified)

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 09:04

If you don't attach it to the stud, I feel sorry for the wall :-p it's easy .. Well, about as easy as a shelf can be.. Which personally, I hate holding a shelve, and a back, and a drill :-p can never have enough need for 3 hands :-/


Thu, 01/19/2012 - 12:47

Every time that I try to edit and upload a pic, I get some syntax packet error. So, I'll try explaining this easy & the best to my ability.

the pic is sideways, flip it clockwise one turn. Now, you have shelves going left to right. On the long solid shelf in the middle, sit an upright wine bottle. On each side, sit a wine bottle on it's side, neck of bottle facing outwards. Do the same for the bottom shelf.

On the short shelves, place a wine bottle on it's side, neck of the bottle facing outwards. Do same on each side.

Hope that helps..Sorry about the pic problem :-/