Wooden Wine Center 

This wooden wine center is a great carpentry project to take on during your spring break or the summer. It can hold many bottles of wine and it is made up of only one sheet of plywood. To all my fans you can thank me later by mailing me a bottle of wine lol, I’m just kidding. But all jokes aside. This is a very unique find for you and me if I was a wine drinker and a carpenter I would tackle this job as soon as I found it. I’m just a carpenter though and I don’t know any real wine drinkers. But if you do you could build this wooden wine center for whomever and have a great time doing it.


This wooden wine center is as handy on a shaded patio as in a dining room. The "egg-crate" rack stores two cases of wine and has bins for bottles of unusual shape. The slotted shelves keep a dozen or so stem glasses ready for service. You'll note that the photo shows six slots per shelf, while the plans call for seven; it depends on the diameters of your glasses' bowls and bases. One early cau­tion: Be sure to paint the rack parts prior to assembly. It's a tedious painting job afterward.


With an overall size of about l' x 2' x 31/2', the rack can be free-standing, mounted as a wall unit, or used as a portable bar. Its sturdy glue-nail construction makes it durable for years of service. Lay out all parts on your 1/2" plywood panel. For ease in cutting the bottle-rack slots, clamp cut partitions together in matching stacks (four 6" x 16" parts with three slots each. two 6" x 17" parts with one slot each, etc.). Mark the exact center line of slots on the panel edges and cut (preferably with a back saw) an accurate kerf 2/4" to each side. Unclamp the stacks and complete the layouts of all slots, cutting them with a saw and chisel—or (more quickly) with a router.


To cut the glass-hanger slots, clamp the two matched parts to­gether with their front edges offset one inch and, after laying out the slots, drill a 5/8" hole through the stack, at the inner end of each slot. Cut two kerfs into the edges of each hole to form the rounded slots. Assemble the bottle unit to check all pieces for fit, making any necessary adjustments. Disassemble for finishing, then apply glue to the slots. Lay the side and back members side­ by-side and draw lines across them to mark shelf and glass rack locations. Using glue and nails, join back, sides, bottom and top as shown in the exploded view.

Glue-nail the glass hanger rack and shelf in place and install the mirror tiles (two 12" squares). Countersink all exposed nail heads, fill and sand flush. Finish the case as desired. When dry, set the prefinished bottle rack in place, centered in the cavity; secure it by toe-nailing through pre-drilled holes. Install the 1 x 2 face trim with glue and nails. We enameled our prototype a forest green, but since the bottle rack is finished separately, you may prefer a two-tone effect.

Remember the rule of thumb in basic carpentry skills measure twice and cut once.