How to Make Your Own Wine Rack

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Project Overview
  • Working Time: 2 - 6 hrs
  • Total Time: 12 hrs - 1 day
  • Yield: One wine rack
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Estimated Cost: $20 to 150

Love wine and looking for a stylish way to keep your favorite bottles on hand? Consider DIYing your very own wine rack. While it may seem like an intimidating project, it doesn't have to be. In fact, with the right tools, even amateur woodworkers can make a wine rack that's both beautiful and practical.

Whether you're looking to store a handful of bottles on the countertop or want to outfit your home like a true wine cellar, you really just need some wood, a few common tools, and our step-by-step guide. And to help cover all your wine storage needs, we've broken this DIY wine rack into two different versions—one large and one small.

Before You Begin

Before you begin, decide whether you'd like to build the small countertop wine rack or the larger cellar-style wine rack depending on your wine storage needs. Additionally, if you'd like to modify the cellar-style wine rack to better fit your space, factor in the additional materials before heading to the hardware store.

Safety Considerations

Both wine rack styles are designed to safely hold wine bottles without tipping over. Follow the instructions and materials list closely to ensure your end product is safe and effective. Additionally, the use of furniture anchors for the cellar-style wine rack is pertinent to mitigate tipping risk.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

Countertop Wine Rack

  • Miter saw, circular saw, or handsaw
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Speed square
  • Jigsaw
  • Jigsaw fine wood blades
  • Orbital sander
  • 18-gauge brad nailer
  • Staining supplies (optional)
  • Rubber mallet

Cellar-Style Wine Rack

  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • 4 Trigger clamps
  • Orbital sander
  • 18-gauge brad nailer
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Countersink bit (optional)
  • Staining supplies (optional)


Countertop Wine Rack

  • 1 1x6 x 8-foot; pine board
  • Wood glue
  • 120-grit sandpaper pads
  • 18-gauge brad nails
  • Stain and sealant (optional)
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner (optional)

Cellar-Style Wine Rack

  • 8 1x2 x 8-foot; furring strips
  • 20 1 inch; x 36 inch; square dowels
  • 18-gauge brad nails
  • 120-grit sandpaper pads
  • 2 inch; wood screws
  • 1/2 inch; wood plugs or wood filler (optional)
  • Stain and sealant (optional)
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner (optional)
  • Furniture wall anchors


How to Build a Countertop Wine Rack

Follow the steps below to build a countertop wine rack that is simple yet beautiful and can hold eight bottles of wine.

  1. Cut Boards

    Cut the 1x6 into four pieces measuring 13-1/2 inches and two pieces measuring 9-1/2 inches.

  2. Mark Grooves

    In each 13-1/2" board, two grooves will be removed, allowing all four boards to be pressed together to form a tic-tac-toe shape. To mark the grooves, measure and mark lines along one side at 4 inches, 4-3/4 inches, 8-3/4 inches, and 9-1/2 inches.

    Use a speed square to extend each mark to the middle of the board. Each line should measure 2-3/4 inches because a 1x6 has an actual width of 5-1/2 inches.

  3. Cut Out Grooves

    Use a jigsaw or bandsaw to carefully and precisely cut along each 2-3/4-inch line. To remove the wood from the groove, use a hammer and chisel placed at the middle of the board.

  4. Test Fit Boards

    Slide a scrap piece of 3/4-inch material into each groove to ensure enough material has been removed. If the fit is too tight, remove a small amount of material until it fits. The goal is to create a snug fit.

  5. Sand All Surfaces

    Sand all surfaces until smooth, removing any splinters left when cutting.

  6. Stain and Seal All Boards (optional)

    If you plan to stain the wine rack, do so before assembly. A clear sealant may be applied as well. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying stains and sealants. When staining pine, always use a pre-stain wood conditioner for a more even finish.

  7. Assemble Wine Rack

    Place a small dab of wood glue in each joint and slide the pieces together. You may have to use a rubber mallet if the fit is tight. Wipe away any excess glue.

    Attach Side Pieces

    Attach the two 9-1/2 inch boards to each side using wood glue and a brad nailer.


    Use caution when using brad nailers as the nails can easily exit the wood. Always wear eye protection and keep hands away from the end of the brad nailer.

  8. Fill With Wine

    Once assembled, fill the countertop wine rack with your favorite wines.

How to Build a Cellar-Style Wine Rack

Follow the steps below to build a cellar-style wine rack that holds five full cases of wine and can be modified to hold even more.

  1. Cut Furring Strips

    The vertical frame members will be made out of 1x2 furring strips. To make them, cut 1x2s into 12 47-inch pieces.

  2. Cut Rungs

    Each vertical frame piece will resemble a ladder with rungs that hold the bottles in place. To make the rungs, cut 3/4-inch square dowels into 60 11-inch pieces.


    To make quick work of cutting out all 60 rungs and ensure precise-length cuts, place a wooden stop on your miter saw at 11 inches using a clamp. This way, you can slide the square dowel against the stop and cut without having to measure each time.

  3. Cut Horizontal Supports

    The horizontal supports will also be made with 1x2 furring strips. Cut six supports to a length of 25-3/4 inches.

  4. Sand All Boards

    Sand all boards until smooth, removing all splinters left behind from cutting.

  5. Assemble the Ladders

    To assemble a "ladder", start by laying two 47-inch furring strips side by side approximately 11 inches apart. Place the first rung across the two strips, spaced 1-1/2" from the bottom, and flush on each side.

    Once you're satisfied with the positioning, place a dab of wood glue on each side of the joint and brad nail the rung in place. Repeat this process with the remaining rungs, leaving 3-1/4 inches between each rung until you reach the final rung. Place the final rung flush with the end of the boards. This will make the last gap exactly 4 inches. To make spacing the rungs more efficient, cut a scrap piece of wood to 3-1/4 inches and use it as a spacer.

    Once finished, flip the ladder over and repeat the process on the other side, mirroring the first side. Leave two ladders only one-sided, as these will serve as the outside pieces.

  6. Stain and Seal All Boards (optional)

    If you plan to stain the wine rack, do so after assembling the ladders but before final assembly. A clear sealant may be applied as well. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying stains and sealants. When staining pine, always use a pre-stain wood conditioner for a more even finish.

  7. Connect the Ladders

    To assemble the wine rack, first, attach the two top and two bottom support pieces to the outside ladders (rungs facing inward). While this is much easier with a helper, it can be done with one person.

    The supports will sit on the outside of the ladders, flush with the top and bottom. Place the supports in position and hold the frame together with trigger clamps.

    Predrill and screw through the supports into the ladders using two 2-inch wood screws at each joint.


    If you wish to hide the screw heads, drill pilot holes using a countersink bit and finish with wood plugs or wood filler.

  8. Add Remaining Ladders

    The inside ladders will be connected to the supports with 2-3/4 inches of space between the rungs. To make the process easier, cut a piece of scrap board to a length of 2-3/4 inches to be used as a spacer. Screw to the supports following the same method as the outside ladders.

  9. Attach Additional Back Supports

    Screw the two remaining support pieces to the back of the wine rack equidistant from the top and bottom.

  10. Attach to Wall Using Furniture Anchors

    For the safety of little ones and pets as well as to protect your wine collection, attach the wine rack to a wall using furniture anchors before filling with your favorite wines.

  11. Fill With Wine

    The cellar-style rack is meant to be filled with a display bottle on top and the remaining 11 bottles from the case stashed below.

How to Modify a Cellar-Style Rack

The cellar-style rack can easily be modified to fit any space, even stretching wall to wall or floor to ceiling for a true wine cellar look. Simply add more ladders across and increase the height of the ladders. For every 12 to 18 inches of height added, add a support piece along the back. Additionally, the larger you make it, the more anchoring it will need to ensure it is safe.