If you are looking for a fun and easy project to tackle I'd highly recommend building a pallet wine rack. We got an inkling for a project this weekend and thought about how cool a wine rack made out of an old pallet would be. So…. we drove behind a couple stores looking for pallets that were going to be thrown out. Within a half hour we found a great looking pallet and were on our way to starting the project.
Project Materials and Costs
Wood – Pallet — FREE
Two Inch Screws and nails — A few bucks
Saw – A hand saw will work but a Miter Saw will make the project go quick!
Jig Saw – Used for notching out the wine glass holders and for rounding the side and middle 2×4's.
Hammer and Pry Bar – Used to disassemble old Pallet – A reciprocating saw or angle grinder with a metal cutoff blade is helpful for removing and cutting out old nails.
2×4 – QTY 2 Length: 11 inches (Used on both sides)
2×4 – QTY 1 Length: 10 1/4 inches (Used in middle – sits on top of 1×4 that wine bottle sits on.
1×4 – QTY 5 Length: 30″ 3 for back, 1 for front, 1 for wine glass holder
1×4 – QTY 1 Length 27″ (horizontal base piece that holds wine bottles)
1×4 – QTY 2 Length 3″ ( Used as spacer on each side underneath wine bottle support and above wine glass rack )
Our Pallet! Below is a photo of a pallet we found behind a local hardware store in our home town of Bozeman, Montana. It is a good idea to ask the manager in the store prior to taking any pallets in case they are still using them. Many times they'll have a pile of pallets they want to discard. Retail stores get shipments in on pallets frequently and are usually happy to give away their extra pallets.
We used a hammer, pry bar, and reciprocating saw to remove the boards from the pallets. The pallets consisted of 1×4 pine and 2×4 pine. The 2×4's on our pallet had neat stamping on them that we used for the outside 2×4's on our project. In the photo below we are experimenting with spacing to decide how big to create the wine rack.
We rounded the front of the 2×4's using a jigsaw. Simply take something round (like a coffee can); and trace the can on a corner of the 2×4 to get a rounded corner. Cut the rounded corners. Attach each 11 inch 2×4 to the sides of the 1×4 27 inch long base using nails or screws. Make sure to pre-drill. Next, attach the front and back 1×4's by nailing or drilling them into the 2×4's.
We measured to be able to fit 6 wine glasses in the rack. At each mark we took a 3/8 inch drill bit to create a rounded slot back. We then used a jigsaw to cut straight lines back to the hole which created a slot.
Making cuts to the pallet wood will expose the original finish. To help blend that in I like to patina the exposed areas. We brushed on Ferric Nitrate to give the exposed areas an aged look. You could also use a mixture of steel wool and vinegar to age the wood, similar to how I finished the farm table. Stain is another good option.