How to Build a Wine Rack in a Kitchen Cabinet

Overview
Many of us like to keep wine on hand. Whether it's a large collection or just a few bottles, storage can be a challenge for the wine drinker. While a climate controlled wine cellar is the ideal, modifying a kitchen cabinet to hold some wine bottles presents several advantages -- the wine will be close at hand, and the doors of the kitchen cabinets will protect the bottles and their contents from exposure to light.
Step 1
First measure the depth of your cabinet, from the front edge to the rear wall. Then compare this measurement with the height of a wine bottle (while there are a few exceptions, most wine bottles are fairly standardized in their height.) If the cabinet is deeper than the wine bottles are tall, you're good to go!
Step 2
Measure the height of the cabinet inside. This will let you know how many rows of bottles you can store. Take the height you measured and divide it by 4.5. Round down to the nearest whole number -- for example, if your cabinet space measures 38 inches in height, divide 39 by 5.5. You'll come up with 7.09. Rounding down gives you an answer of 7.
Step 3
Now measure the width of the cabinet's interior. Record the number.
Step 4
Take the number you came up with in Step 2 and subtract 1. Now, using a circular or table saw, cut that many 1x12 inch boards to the width you recorded in Step 3. For example, if the number in Step 2 was 7, and the width of your cabinet is 18 inches, cut six 18-inch long pieces of 1x12 inch board.
Step 5
Sand the rough edges off of the boards with a medium-grade sandpaper.
Step 6
Attach 1x2 inch pieces of furring strips at an interval of 5.5 inches with finishing nails onto each of the 1x12 inch boards you've cut to size. Place the strips perpendicular to the long side of the board -- this creates a channel which each bottle will fit into.
Step 7
Measuring from the bottom of the cabinet, mark a line parallel to the base of the cabinet every 5.5 inches on both inside walls of the cabinet. Then nail 12-inch-long furring strips onto each of these lines. These support the ends of each of the 1x12 boards.
Step 8
Slide the 1x12 inch boards onto the furring strips on the inside wall of the cabinet. Nail them in place with small finishing nails. Slide your wine bottles into the rack when you've completed the rack.
skill
2
ingredient
Measuring tape

Saw

1x12 inch lumber (amount depends on the size of the rack and cabinet)

Sandpaper

1x2 inch furring strips

Hammer

Finishing nails

ingredients
Measuring tape
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Saw
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1x12 inch lumber (amount depends on the size of the rack and cabinet)
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Sandpaper
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1x2 inch furring strips
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Hammer
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Finishing nails
tip
Paint or stain the wood for a more finished look.
tips
Paint or stain the wood for a more finished look.
keyword
wine rack kitchen cabinet
keywords
wine
keywords
rack
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kitchen
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cabinet

Resources
reference
Carpentry; Kohl; 2003
reference
How and Why to Build a Wine Cellar, Fourth Edition; Richard Gold; 2007