Building and Staining a Wooden Wine Rack


Tools Needed:

  • Minwax Wood Finish
  • Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Purdy Brush

Measure wood pieces to fit the right number of wine bottles

I have bought, given, and made more wine racks than I can recall, but they all had the same issue:  you couldn’t see the labels. Many wineries have very artistic labels, so I decided to make a small wine rack to display either full or empty bottles of wine that highlighted rather than hid the artistic labels. Using an actual bottle to determine my measurements, I began assembling the oak boards.

1. Cut slots for the wine glasses into the lower board
Create notches in each wood pieces to make the assembly easier

The lower board will hold four glasses, so I measured, drew, and cut out four slots for the stems.

2. Taper the side boards
Taper the corners of your wood pieces for an Arts and Crafts style look

The style of this oak wine rack will be Arts and Crafts, so I tapered the sides with two straight cuts rather than a curve.

3. Add pegged joints to the frame

Pre-dill all wood pieces before securing with wood screws

I also drilled 3/8-inch holes through the thin strips across the front, then glued in oak plugs to secure the strips with a classic Arts and Crafts detail:  the pegged joint.

4. Stain the wood rack with your choice of Minwax Wood Finish

Brush on a coat of Minwax English Chestnut stain to achieve an Arts and Crafts look

For an Arts and Crafts color, I chose “English Chestnut” in the Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain line. After brushing it on, I let the stain be absorbed by the oak for five minutes…

Using a rag to remove stain to complete the process

… then wiped off all of the excess stain from the surface of the wood.

5. Apply a protective finish over the stainApply Minwax spray-on polyurethane to finish the project

While I could have brushed on a clear finish over the dried stain, I opted instead for the aerosol version of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane, as the spray could reach into the interior — without leaving runs and drips — even better than a brush.

Completed wooden wine rack is read to install in your home

And as you can now see, simply by positioning the two horizontal strips below and above the labels — rather than across the front of them — our guests can now see just how artistic wine labels have become.

Until next time,

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