Construct A Wine Cabinet That Will Last Construct A Wine Cabinet That Will Last

Building a wine cabinet can save you a considerable amount of money over a store-bought unit while providing the same storage capacity. Constructing one that is visually appealing is part of the wood-working process, including the woods you choose and the stain you finish it with.

Materials Needed

Most of the materials that will be needed to build your own wine cabinet are basic tools. The one component that will be different is the wood. When building your own wine cabinet you have freedom to choose the type of wood you would like to construct it with. Cherry, Mahogany, Maple, Oak, Ash, and other types of wood will add an elegance to it.

  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Jig Saw
  • Circular or Table Saw
  • Screws
  • Stain
  • Wood Glue
  • Plate joiner (optional)

Plan First

While you are thinking of which type of wood you would like to use, you can also begin to plan how many wine bottles you want to hold in the cabinet and how many bottles per shelf.

Figure out Dimensions

Your wine cabinet will have 3 dimensions that you will need to figure out before you can start cutting wood and building.

  1. Depth - To figure out the depth of the wine cabinet, measure the tallest wine bottle you have and then add 3 inches.
  2. Width - The width should be enough to hold as many bottles as you want on each shelf with at least 2 inches in between each bottle and the sides of the cabinet.
  3. Height - The height should be high enough for the number of shelves. Add 10 inches for each shelf.

Cut to Desired Dimensions

Start your wine cabinet by cutting the pieces of wood to size. It is best to buy the wood cut to the dimensions you need, but if not you can join 2 pieces of wood together easily.

Rip each piece of wood so that they add up to the total dimension when placed side by side. Cut biscuit holes, with a plate joiner, in each side that will be joined together. Add glue to both sides and biscuits in one side. Join together and hold with clamps to dry. Sand excess glue off of seam. Do that for each side, back, bottom, and top. Now you should have the right sized wood you need to easily construct your wine cabinet.

Assemble Cabinet Pieces

Your cabinet is going to have 2 sides, a back, a bottom and a top. The front will be left open for easy access. You can easily add a door if you want to take that option.

Using a butt joint, screw the sides to the back of the cabinet. Attach the bottom of the cabinet with glue and screws. Cut 2 strips of wood for each shelf. They should be the width of the cabinet and be 4 inches wide. Every 2 inches cut a 4-inch round "cup". This is where the bottle will rest. Attach to the front and back. The front strip should be about 3 inches from the front and the back strip about 2 inches from the back.

Put each new shelf 10 inches above the previous until you have all your shelves in place. Attach top of cabinet with glue and screws.

Sand and Stain

Go over your cabinet with a sander and get rid of any excess glue. Wipe it down with a damp cloth and stain to desired darkness.

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