Pallets undoubtedly offer a cheap and accessible solution when it comes to making your own furniture. If you’d like somewhere to display your wine and wine glasses, this tutorial will show you how to construct a practical and elegant solution in the form of a pallet wine rack.
Tools and materials
To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:
- Mitre saw or mitre box and handsaw
- Nail gun
- Rotating multi-tool
- Flat drillbit for wood
- 8cm diameter annular bit
- Screw clamps
- Wood filler
- Varnish or stain
In addition, these materials will be needed:
- Wooden plank measuring 650 x 180 x 180mm
- Copper pipe measuring 70cm long and 12mm diameter
- Plastic pipe clips
- Coach screws
Cost, time and difficulty
If you already have the tools, then the approximate price of materials is less than £30.You can purchase some of the tools and materials used via this sample shopping basket.
This wine and glass rack can be completed in a single morning or afternoon, although the timing will depend on your current DIY skills. This project is recommended for DIYers with some previous experience, as the difficulty level is medium.
Step by step wine rack from a pallet
To make a wine rack from a pallet and enjoy a little glass of wine as recommended for our health, just follow the steps below:
Step 1- Dismantle the pallet
First, dismantle the pallet to use the planks. There are different ways to do this, as shown in this link about where to find pallets for cheap or free. In our specific case we have used planks left over from other pallet projects, meaning we only had to partially dismantle them. To do so, we took the following steps:
- Secure the pallet planks to the workbench using screw clamps.
- Use a chisel and hammer to lever out the support blocks.
- Cut the screws using a rotating tool.
Step 2- Sand and fill the planks from the pallet
In total you will need 6 planks measuring 65cm in length for the shelves, and 3 measuring 45cm in height for the sides. Once you have the pieces cut they need to be sanded to smooth the surface and prevent splinters, as well as filling all holes as necessary.
Step 3- Assemble the shelves of the rack
The next step is to assemble the shelves of the rack. The top and middle shelves are made of two planks attached at a right angle using nails. For the bottom shelf, follow these additional steps:
- Join the plank measuring 650 x 180 x 180mm to the back of the shelf
- With the mitre saw or hand saw, cut 7 pieces measuring 7cm wide.
- Nail each piece to the plank leaving a space of 2cm between each one.
Step 4- Assemble the sides
The sides should be around 10cm thick and 45cm high. If the pallet boards are not wide enough (as in our case), you will need to cut a plank of wood to size. Otherwise, it will not be possible to make a hole large enough to hold a bottle of wine.
Begin by screwing the right side to the rack. You will make two holes in the planks used for the left side:
- A smaller one using a 25mm flat drill bit for wood, designed to hold the bottle
- A larger hole using an 8cm holesaw drill bit to hold the body of the wine
- Next, screw on the left side with the small hole.
Then, with a mitre saw, cut 2 pieces measuring 12cm long and 10cm wide. These pieces will be screwed to the plank with the large holes. Lastly, screw on the left side, as per the picture below.
Step 5 – Varnish
Once the whole rack has been assembled, apply a protective coating to the wood. To do this, use a wenge-coloured varnish. This gives a dark shade to the wine rack that helps to conceal any flaws on the pallets. It also adds a nice rustic touch.
Step 6- Attach the copper pipe
Finally, attach the copper pipe to the first shelf to store more bottles of wine. To do so, screw on a plastic clip to each end and insert a pipe measuring 70cm long and 12mm in diameter.
Once you’ve completed all of these steps, all that’s left to do is hang the rack on the wall.
Thanks to this wine rack you can store your best bottles, as well as glasses, corkscrews, bottle stoppers etc. This makes everything handy, letting you enjoy a glass of wine whenever you like.
What do you think about this wine rack from a pallet? Have you ever thought about making a shelf like this? If so, now there’s no excuse – just find a pallet and get to work.
This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!