DIY Rustic Wine Rack

Etsy Wine Rack

I saw this posted on Pinterest (originally from TheGoAwayWoodShop on Etsy) a few months back and loved the look of it!

I needed to make a Christmas gift for my sister knowing she wanted some sort of wine rack. Since I fell in love with the look of this rustic wine rack I  just had to go with it :)  Fortunately, we had enough scrap wood from pallets left over from a previous project.

Here’s the step-by-step of how I did it and what you will need:


30″ Top to Bottom
15 and 11/16″ from top to middle shelf.
And roughly 14″ from bottom shelf to middle shelf.
Outside to outside 23 and 1/4″

Materials and Tools:

Material List

1 Pallet
1 and 1/2″ wood screws
Wood Glue
Finish Nails

Tools Used

Measuring Tape
Combination Square
Table Saw
Cordless Screwdriver
Phillips Head Bit
9/32″ Drill Bit
1 and 1/4″ Speedbor Drill Bit (this is what I had, could be something better out there)
Finish Nailer

Cut list

2 – boards at 30″ (outside frame of the rack, top and bottom shelf are flush with the ends)
4 – boards at 28 and 1/2″ (should fit tightly between top and bottom shelves)
3 – boards at 21 and 3/4″ long x 4 and 1/2″ wide (should match up flush with the face of outside board)
2 – boards 1 and 1/2″ wide x 24 and 3/4″ long
4 – boards 1 and 1/2″ wide by 5 and 1/2″ long (same length as the width of the outside board)

Step 1

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Lay out all pieces and make sure everything lines up well and will fit square.  If it fits as desired, clamp the ends width wise and pre-drill holes where you will put in screws.  I did this on each side into the shelves, two to each side.  After it is pre drilled and prepped, take the clamps off and drill the six holes into the middle shelf.  For this step, I found the middle of the board and measured out from there 3 holes on each side evenly spaced.  Each hole is roughly 3 and 1/2″ apart.  Make sure the board is well supported (I used a drill press for this part)  Once you drill the wholes get ready for assembly.

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Step 2

I like to keep the pieces all close to where they are going to go so I don’t mix them up and get out of order.  Start with the frame (the outside of the rack).  Take the bottom shelf and glue ends, and screw into place. Do the same with the middle shelf and top shelf working your way up.  With a damp cloth wipe any excess glue off of wood.  I then flipped the whole rack on its face, and placed the back pieces into place making sure they lined up well and fit tightly.  Using my finish nailer and tacked in the pieces to the back.  I secured each one into the back of the middle shelf and also through the top and bottom.  Make sure to get these nails in straight so they do not poke through (if they do shoot through, it can be tricky to get them out, but a hammer and pliers work well).

Step 3

Once the rack is all assembled, it is time to put the trim pieces on the top and bottom of the rack.  Lay the rack back on its back, then take the face pieces and place them where you want them to go.  For the bottom of mine I made sure the top was flush with the top of the bottom shelf.  Also make sure the length is correct by placing the two side pieces in place.  If all is well, glue and fasten using finish nails.  Do the same for the top (here I lined the top of the trim with the top of the rack).  Wipe off any excess glue with the damp cloth.

Step 4

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Finish as desired.  I didn’t use any finish on this because I wanted my sister to be able to finish it as she pleased.

I am definitely going to make this again for our own home.  I love how it turned out!  The only thing I might do differently is cut the corners of the trim pieces into 45 degree angles.  I wanted it as rustic looking as I could so I didn’t do it on this one and I didn’t sand at all.   All in all this took me roughly 2 hours to finish.

While doing this please be sure to build safely and smartly. Make sure all your surfaces are clean and level before you work on them.  This ensures everything squares up correctly.  Make sure it is all square before fastening together. Have fun trying out the project and be safe. I hope it turns out great!

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