DIY Beer & Wine Rack

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Got wine glasses? Oh wait, here's one for ya. Got beer glasses? What's that you say? You got both! (Proper grammar structure not withstanding.) Then this is the project for you. Some scrape lumber, a few basic tools and a couple hours can give you a classy decor piece that goes well in any room of the house. From a formal dinning room to an everyday kitchen, you'll love it's mix of good looks and versatility.
The video gives the basic steps from start to finish for this project. I promise it moves along at a pretty good clip and won't waste your time. Have a look.
The bottom of the shelves are two 1x4s edge glued together. Then ripped to 5" on the table saw. Glue and clamp the sides to the bottom piece and you could leave it like that. The glue should provide enough strength for a project like this. I added some dowels throughout in order to add structural strength and some visual appeal.
Glue and clamp the two sides to one of the shelf bases assembled in step 1. Drill for dowels if so desired.
NOTE: Some would say that dowels or some other joinery method is necessary here because you are gluing end grain. Normally I would agree. However, a later step in this build negates the need for any additional joinery here.
Glue and clamp the side for the other half of the shelf assembly and attach it to its mating pair.
Some sanding with 120 grit is necessary at this point to remove any glue squeeze out and even any misaligned joints.
I used the wine glasses that will be hung from my display rack in order to get an accurate representation of how I wanted them to be spaced. Then I measured to get cross marks for the center of the bases. The video above will show more detail.
Forstner bits are one of those tools I recommend everyone have in their shop. A set of these comes in handy whether you are just starting out on your DIY journey or your a seasoned pro. My set only cost me $20 at my local home improvement store and has more than paid for itself.
You can use a simple drill bit, (if you have one large enough).
Once the holes are drilled we need to mark for the relief cuts so the wine glasses can be slipped through. I used my antique angle finder to accomplish this task but anything with a straight edge would work.
Test fitting is always a good idea. You don't want to complete your wine rack only to find that your wine glasses don't fit how they should. You can fix it now. It becomes a lot more difficult to do so later on.
Glue and dowel joints are used to attach the wine glass shelf to the rest of the assembly. I know dowel joints may sound intimidating but I have simplified the process as I show in the video. I do simple and easy, not difficult and frustrating.
If there was anything about this project that was difficult, (there wasn't) it would be done by this point. Just a layer of glue to attach the shelf assemblies to the base board. The back base is merely 1x4s edge glued together to get the desired width and length. I give a complete run down in the video.
You can finish projects any way you like. I normally don't show what I do to finish a project in a video because I don't want people to get hung up on that detail. However, this one was so unique that I had to show it. An ancient Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban which is just burnt wood. I cover it in more detail over on my website. My wife really likes the look it gives.
I applied a few coats of satin polyurethane to give a light sheen that isn't overbearing and plastic looking.
To mount the beer and wine rack on the wall I used key holes. They provide a seem less and sturdy way to mount just about any project of this nature. However, you could simply drill countersunk mounting holes through the front. Attach it to the wall with drywall anchors and cover the screw heads with wooden plugs that can be purchased at most home improvement stores.
If you're interested in building this project and would like a materials and cut list, you can find all that and more on my website:
If your a more visual person and just want to enjoy the build process, you can check out my YouTube channel:
I try to keep my videos moving along at a pretty good pace to keep things entertaining. I even spackle in the occasional joke as well, (funny or not,,,hehe,) Until then.

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