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3 DIY Wine Rack Plans for Novices and Enthusiasts

If you are new to woodworking, building anything that’s made of wood can be quite challenging. The tools and materials are certainly a bit intimidating. A good way to overcome this is by starting small, and a homemade wine rack is the perfect project for beginners. It’s simple enough that you can finish it in a day or two. To help you get started, here are three DIY wine rack plans listed in order of difficulty (easy, medium, hard).

But why would you go into the trouble of doing it yourself when it requires so much effort? Well, it’s gonna cost you way less if you choose the DIY route. You’ll also gain a new skill in the process. Finally, you’ll have total control over the whole project – from design to choice of tools and materials.

Before You Get Started

There are several things that you have to consider before you take on any of these plans for your project. Ask yourself these questions so you’ll get an idea of how big or small your project will be:

  1. What is my budget for this project?
  2. What kind of wood will I use? Pine or Oak? Reclaimed/used lumber or brand new?
  3. What tools do I currently have?
  4. Where will the wine rack be installed/placed?

Once you’ve answered the questions above, you’ll pretty much know what wine rack plan to use.

Also remember the most important rule when using power tools or doing any woodworking task, safety first.

DIY Wine Rack Plans (Easy to Hard)

W-shaped Wine Rack Plan (easy)

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This plan is very straightforward and was featured in our article here. The nice thing about this wine rack is that if you need more bottles to store, you can simply build another one. The design is modular and you can scale it up as your space allows. Here’s a rundown of the owner’s specifications:

  • made of 10-inch (9.75-inch) wide Red Oak
  • all angles are 90 degrees
  • assembled with wood glue
  • My tools limited me to a simple butt joint, but if you have the tools and skills, you should miter the corners or do finger joints or dovetail joints.

Photo by Andy Mangold licensed under CC BY 2.0

Wine Rack Woodworking Project (medium)

This plan is basically standard design combined with fancy shelving. A reference design for the shelving is provided here (PDF).

Wine Rack For Bottles And Glasses (hard)

This plan requires some experience on woodworking. The tools used are best left to pros. If you have what it takes to do one of these DIY wine rack plans, they are available and can be downloaded for free at Good luck!

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