Wine is not only good to drink but it is also a symbol of prosperity. No doubt it is called “the elixir of heaven” or the “drink of gods”. Man has been drinking wine since time immemorial and it is one of the oldest beverages known to man. Vintage wines are the most sought after and have prices that sound like cell phone numbers. Wine is an excellent accompaniment with any kind of food. Traditionally wine was consumed mostly in the West but in the last two decades, the wine consumption has increased in every nook and corner of the globe. Suddenly everyone can be seen raising a toast . Taken moderately, wine has enormous health benefits and drinking a glass of wine everyday can do the same job as an apple. Storing wines at home requires a good wine rack so that the wines can undergo their natural aging process at the right temperature. Read the article below to learn some tips on how build a wine rack.
Wine Rack Making Tips
Before going into the process of making a wine rack, it is always better to plan the entire process in advance.
- Decide the place for your wine rack. The place will give you an idea on the size and design of the wine rack. Wine racks can be placed anywhere in the house, enhancing the style. The place can be anywhere from a kitchen counter, on a side wall, the basement or as shelves lining a wall.
- Depending on the space available, decide on the size. If you want a rack in the basement you can make it large and bulky. For wine racks inside the house, it should not be huge. Also, decide on the number of bottles you want to keep. Wine racks inside the house are very good to show off the bottles, so keep the number of bottles to the minimum.
- Depending on the space and size select the design of the rack. Use a design that is easy to build and doesn’t take much time and material. Don’t compromise on the style as a beautifully designed wine rack is a visual appeal. Draw the design of the layout and take detailed measurements.
- Figure out the cost involved. Simple wine racks can be built in one fourth of the cost of a single wine bottle. The only things on which you need to spend are the materials and tools. Try to hire or borrow the tools as they may be expensive.
Supplies (Tools And Materials)
The tools will depend on the type of work involved.
- Measuring tape
- Pencil or chalk and ruler
- Tracing paper
- Screwdrivers, hammer and nails.
- Table saw
- Bandsaw, jigsaw, scrollsaw or coping saw
- Mounting screws
- Paint, varnish, paintbrushes and rags
- Scrap pieces of wood
- The only material required is wood. The wood should be dry with minimal moisture content.
- Wood from oak, cedar, birch and fir are particularly good. Remember that softwoods are not as durable as hardwood, though they are easy to work on.
- Take accurate measurements of the space and the wood. Make a measured drawing of the design in a step by step process.
- Saw the wood according to the measurement.
- Use sand paper to polish the wood.
- Add varnish and leave for drying.
- Use screws or nails to hold the rack together.
- Start with the frame first. Then go on adding shelves or cross rails.
- Construct bottle support to prevent the bottles from falling. If your wine racks are designed like a cross (X), then the cross rails will hold the bottle. If you want to keep the bottles horizontally, on flat surface, then make two arches on the shelves. A smaller arch for the neck and larger arch for the base of the bottle. This will prevent the bottles from rolling off.
- Once the rack is ready, paint it.