How to Build a Compact Wine Rack Cabinet

A wine rack cabinet is a great addition to any kitchen, and you can easily build your own out of an unused kitchen cabinet. All you will need to create are wine bottle shelves known as lattice shelves, and this can be done in a few hours with some basic tools and carpentry skills.  

What You Will Need:

  • Table saw
  • 2 long wood dividers
  • 4 short wood dividers
  • Tape measure
  • Wood stain (optional)
  • Empty kitchen cabinet

Step 1 --  Measure Inside Cabinet 

Use a flexible tape measure to determine the dimensions of the inside of your cabinet. First measure the depth from front to back, and then measure the inside depth diagonally from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. Make a note of these dimensions rounded to the nearest whole number; you will need them to cut the correct lengths of your wood dividers out of the longer piece.

Return to the front of the cabinet and measure for the correct lengths to cut out of the shorter pieces of wood. Hold one end at the center top of the cabinet opening and the other end at the center of one of the sides. Note this measurement; it is the same length you will cut your shorter wood pieces.

Step 2 -- Cut Wood Lengths

Cut two pieces of wood dividers the same length as the diagonal measurement from the inside of the cabinet. Also make these two pieces 1 to 2 inches narrower than the width of the cabinet. Cut your shorter wood pieces according to the measurements you got from the shorter wood pieces in step 1.

Step 3 -- Bevel and Notch Dividers

At the ends of each divider you just cut in step 2, cut a beveled end at 45 degrees on each side to make up a 90-degree end that will slide easily into the cabinet corners. Place one of the dividers into your cabinet, and then partially slide in the other so that they form an X shape. Mark the intersection of the X with a pencil on both wood pieces. Take both pieces back out of the cabinet and cut 1/2-inch-wide notches at each point of intersection.

Bevel your shorter pieces using the same process as before. Insert a long divider and a short divider into your cabinet and mark the same intersection point to create the notch. Repeat this process until you have the correctly placed notches in all your wood pieces so they will fit securely against the sides of your cabinet. If you want to stain or paint your wine rack dividers, do so at this point after you have created all the notches. Be sure to allow a few hours of drying time before assembling them inside your cabinet.

Step 4 -- Assemble Dividers and Final Touches

Your finished wine rack should have a divider pattern with four diamond shapes and eight triangle openings where the wine bottles will fit. As long as all of your notches are cut accurately, you should be able to slide each of your dividers in place with minimal effort to form an X shape with a diamond around it.