DIY Pipe and Wood Wine Rack

Stephen Scott Johnson
by Stephen Scott Johnson
I just love the combination of industrial pipe and wood, so when I saw this kit, I just had to make one. You'll have to make the wooden base since it doesn't come with the kit. I decided to pattern my base after a wine barrel lid, made of red oak. It turned out better than I expected. It's an easy project, and only requires a few tools and skills. Let's get started.
Wood Selection. I chose red oak. As I mentioned before, I want to make the base look like a wine barrel lid. Real wine barrels are usually made out of oak.
Lay out the 5 red oak boards and check for fit. Alternate the different dimensioned boards and then label them with numbers so you remember what order they need to stay in. I show more of this step in my full tutorial.
Make a circle marking jig to draw the outline of the base. The radius on mine was 7.5 inches, so that makes a 15 inch diameter base. On one side of jig drill a hole for a small pivot screw. Measure 7.5 inches and drill a big hole to accept a pencil. Screw the pivot in lightly into the center of your clamped boards and draw the circle.
Use a pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes for joining the boards together. Work from outside boards in toward center board. DON'T drill any pocket holes in the middle board. And, of course, keep the pocket holes inside the circle you just drew. Space and stagger holes between adjacent boards.
Screw the 1.25 inch pocket holes into the boards. Use clamps to keep boards flush and aligned while you install the screws. Use wood glue between the boards and wipe away excess.
Follow the circle you marked earlier and use a jig saw to cut just to the outside of the line. Doesn't have to be perfect since we will sand in the next steps.
Use an orbital sander to sand surfaces. Use 120, 220, 320 and 400 grit sandpaper.
I used my disk sander to bevel the edges. I set my disk sander table to about 35 to 40 degrees. You could also use an orbital sander or a router to shape the edges.
Once you've finished the sanding, then apply finish of choice. I recommend something that brings out the natural beauty of the red oak. I used 2 to 3 coats of walnut danish oil. You could also spray on a lacquer once the danish oil has cured.
Get out the pipe wine rack kit and check to make sure you have all the pieces. You wouldn't necessarily need to buy the kit. I believe you can go buys the pipe parts individually. Not sure how both ways compare, cost wise. I paid $38 for the kit. Then there was also the expense of the oak boards. If you're on a budget, use poplar boards. The kit comes with some good, detailed instructions.
Screw the metal flange to the wooden base with 4 - #10 5/8 inch wood screws. Then use a pipe wrench or Channel Lock pliers to screw the pipes together. Make sure they are tight. Hey -- watch your fingers with these pipes. They have sharp edges. Better wear some gloves for this step.
Orient the pipe tee holders so that the wine bottles will not interfere with each other. Test it out with some wine bottles.
Go have a glass of wine and enjoy looking at your new industrial pipe wine rack. Hope you enjoyed this project. Check out my link below to see the full tutorial.
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  • Cinstol Cinstol on Jun 04, 2017
    Would like to know if the rack is top heavy? Is the base big enough to keep it from tipping over?

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