Re: Beginner needs help advice with wine rack

Hi Nomen,
I built a small (300+ bottle) rack in our basement about 6-7 years ago. It was very simple and took just a few days, some glue, a brad nailer (optional but nice) and whatever wood you care to use. I used cedar because it was cheap and available.
I bought the cedar at Lowes in 1x8 planks, then ripped them down to make 3/4 x 3/4 strips. Cut them to the height I wanted and made a jig so that the horizontal pieces which hold the bottles were spaced fairly precisely to hold the largest 750ml that I had. SWMBO & I assembled about a dozen of these "ladder-like" pieces.
Next, I ran some horizontals along the concrete wall and attached them with concrete screws. Plumbed and screwed the "ladders" to these, then ran more horizontals across the front of the entire rack to tie it together.
I also made some racks to hold the "bubbly" and 1.5 liter bottles. Keeps us well supplied, that's for sure!
In summary, if you have even rough woodworking skills and some imagination, there is no reason to pay hundreds or thousands of $ for such a simple project.
I think mine was less than $100 in materials - probably way less. Occupies about 8x8 feet of wall space. I used that part of the basement wall which is almost totally below grade - temperature almost never above 60 deg F.
Lou

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On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 02:20:02 +0100 (CET), Nomen Nescio

beginner to woodworking, but this seems like it wouldnt be too difficult due to its modularity. I was looking at the products on this link:

going to be saving a considerable or negligable amount of money buying and building myself? You don't build to sae money. Look at the cost of tools, times and materials. You do it becaue you like to do it. So, do it, or not.
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That $50 rack probably can be built for $10.

Not all that difficult. What you need to do is rip some lenghts of wood to make the uprights, rip some to make the cross pieces, then be able to cut them to lenghth repeatably. NOTE: I said repeatably, not accurately. It is not a big deal if the length varied a 1/4" on thatdimension as long as they are all the same. Bottles vary a bit so it is not a big deal. Tablesaw would be nice for the ripping, can also be used for the cross cutting to lenght, as can a miter saw. Other saws can work, just not as easily. I'd glue the cross pieces but reinforce with either a screw or single nail. Nail or brad gun would be a big help for assembly. To get the spacing consistent, you use a block as a spacer, not a ruler for each space. When you pit the last piece in place, then you trim to get the height exact, not try to get them all even on a given length.

Best I can do is alother picture of a similar rack, but there are no dimensions. If you can see one in person, it would be easy to make a simple sketch and measure dimensions. Doubt you will find a 1:1 scale as it is not really needed.

Take back part of what I just said. The F01 shows the size of the opening to be 3 1/2" wide by 3 1/4 high. Now you just need the material thickness. Cut a board 3 1/4" wide. Put the first horizontal piece in place at the bottom. lay the board on top of it, then put the next horizontal piece in place. Secure it. Move the board up and repeat to the top. Be sure the verticals are square.
All you need is some sort of sealer on the wood, oil, poly, shellac. Without anything, it may start to rot in 35 years. With a sealer, it can go maybe 150 years.
Make your own wine? See my web page for some information.
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Ed
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On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 02:20:02 +0100 (CET), Nomen Nescio
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One of the slickest wine racks I ever saw had lovely wooden ends.and black-painted weldmesh for the bottles. Easy, quick and looked OK.
Just FYI.

beginner to woodworking, but this seems like it wouldnt be too difficult due to its modularity. I was looking at the products on this link:

going to be saving a considerable or negligable amount of money buying and building myself?

order one of the racks (F01, for example) and deconstruct duplicate? Since this is a high humidity room, should I use treated/outdoor lumber?

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