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DIY Planter Box Wine Rack

Project cost
2 hours
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Attention all wine lovers: this is the DIY for you. Organize bottles in this compact display with our step-by-step guide to making a wine rack. Constructed from a planter box, this DIY wood wine rack is small enough to fit in a countertop corner, and much sturdier than a store-bought wine rack. Have easy access to bottles when cooking, or gift it to the wine connoisseur in your life. This project can be completed in just two hours (unless you’re sipping on some vino in between). The cost of the example shown is $40 with the planter used, but you could find one for less, or repurpose an old one for free - we’ll drink to that! Tip: We used a wood planter with a lip, which has a backside that serves as a nailing and gluing surface for the bottle supports. If your planter doesn't have a lip, nail 12 strips to the inside walls of the planter to make an attachment surface. For non-wood planters, assemble the parts with construction adhesive instead of nails and glue.
(This article originally appeared in This Old House magazine. Author // Jenn Largesse. Photos // John Gruen; Anthony Tieuil.)

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Step 1

Cut Plywood for the Bottle Supports

Knock out the bottom of the planter and remove any nails. Cut two pieces of plywood to the inside dimensions of the planter. Cut 1 inch off the top of the rear support so that it can be tipped into place, as shown in Step 6. On the front support, mark the center of the first bottle hole by drawing lines from corner to corner to form an X.

Step 2

Mark the Centers of the Bottle Holes

On all four legs of the X, mark a point that’s 2¾ inches in from each edge of the support. These will be the center points of the bottle holes. Check to ensure that the marks form a square, with enough space to cut all five bottle holes.

Step 3

Cut the Bottle Holes

Clamp both supports, with the bottoms and sides flush and the hole markings facing up, to a worktable on top of a piece of scrap wood. Center the hole saw over the middle of the X, and drill through both supports. Repeat for the remaining holes.

Step 4

Paint the Interior Surfaces

To unify the materials and protect your wine collection from exposure to light, paint the interior surfaces of the planter and one side of the rear support in a dark color.

Step 5

Cut the Front Support into Strips

Mark off strips of the desired width and spacing on the front support. (Ours were 2 inches wide.) Use a miter saw to cut along the lines; set aside the pieces you’re not using. Cut spacer blocks from a 1 x 2 to the desired gap between the strips. (Ours were 2 inches apart.)

Step 6

Install the Front Support Strips

Nail the lowest front support strip to the inside of the lip. Lay spacer blocks on top of it, then nail the next support strip in place above it. Repeat until all strips are installed. Remove the spacer blocks.

Step 7

Install the Rear Support

Apply wood glue along the perimeter of the unpainted side of the rear support. Tip the piece into the planter and pull it snug against the inside of the lip so that the glue makes contact.

Step 8

Finish the Wine Rack

Use a damp rag to wipe away any excess glue from Step 7. Stand the planter upright on its back while the glue dries. Conceal the joints with wood filler. Sand the entire assembly, and finish with primer and two coats of satin or semigloss paint.

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