Recently pallets have become all of the rage when it comes to DIY projects. You can make patio furniture, tables, and more for really cheap! But the key to making pallet furniture is finding pallets that are in decent shape. Most of the time they are broken or missing boards, and sometimes they are warped from being out in the elements for too long. The great thing about this DIY pallet wine rack though, is that you only need half of the pallet to be in good shape. This will definitely make it easier to find a workable pallet. Here are 18 step-by-step instructions on how to make an amazing wine rack that your friends will be envious of.
To start off this project, find a pallet that is in decent shape. You’ll need half of the pallet plus two or three spare boards.
You’ll want to spray off the pallet and allow it to dry. This will remove any debris or dirt that has stuck to it over time. Consider a scrub brush or a pressure washer to make this easier.
Once your pallet has dried, lay it on a table and measure from the bottom of the pallet up to about 16 inches, which should be right underneath one of the boards. You’ll want to do this on all 3 support beams inside the pallet.
Once you have measured the length, you’ll want to draw a straight line down the side. This is where you will make your cut.
Having the wine rack be 16 inches tall gives it enough room to store wine bottles, along with wine glasses, without taking up too much space.
Now it’s time to bring out the saw. You can use a circular saw or hand saw, whichever works best for you.
Once you have cut the top half of the pallet off, get out a sander and sand down all the rough edges. You won’t want to get a sliver while getting a wine glass. OUCH, that would require you to drink more wine!
Once the pallet has been sanded down, take an extra board from the pallet and measure it along the top of the wine rack. Once it’s a perfect fit, nail this into the 3 support beams.
You’ll need another spare board for this part. Measure the length and width of the inside of each of the two holes on the bottom of the pallet.
Cut the spare board according to your measurements. You may need to sand the piece down a little to make it fit.
Then lightly hammer the two boards into the holes to fill up this space. This will be the bottom of the wine rack where your bottles will rest. Once they are in place, you’ll want to nail them through the sides connecting them securely to the wine rack.
Next up, you’ll need two small pieces of wood that are about 3 inches in length, that will fit on the bottom of your wine rack. Just measure them for now because you’ll secure them in a little bit.
Place the two small pieces of wood from the previous step on the bottom of the pallet, then take another spare board and place that on top of the small pieces. Take the wine glasses you’ll want to display, and line them up on the board, giving them space so they aren’t resting against each other.
With these wine glasses, spacing them 5 inches apart gives them plenty of space to hang without worrying about them hitting together and breaking or being noisy. On the piece of wood that will hold the glasses, put a mark where each glass will be.
Once your marks are made, get out a drill and start making some holes. This will be where the stem of your glass will fit.
Once the holes are drilled, take a saw and cut out a small section where you can slide the glasses in. Don’t forget to sand your rough edges.
Now that the holes are all drilled, you can attach the two small pieces of wood along with the piece of wood that will hold the glasses. Some people use wood glue for this project, but you can also hammer in nails to make it more secure.
Now you can secure the wine rack to your wall, add the wine bottles and wine glasses along with any trinkets on top.
To see the full video of the entire project, watch below:
This looks like such an easy and fun project to complete. I’m pretty sure my husband won’t want to hear about this project since he doesn’t share the same love of pallets that I do, but maybe I can talk him into liking it once it’s all done. I mean it does involve wine, so that might be my selling point. Have you ever made anything out of pallets? How did it turn out? Check out more DIY projects from Joe Lydic on his YouTube channel.