Wine Rack Woodworking Plan
These simple projects will provide practice in handling a few basic tools and learning one of the most important skills in the woodwork – cutting straight and accurately to form simple halving (half) joints. It is made from birch-faced plywood, which can be attractive in its own right, and is finished with a clear lacquer to seal it.
- 760 x 600mm (30 x 24 in) of 12mm (0.5 in) birch plywood
There are six components to this project, but only two different panel sizes. The sole critical dimension is the width of each compartment, which must suit your chosen wine bottle 90mm (3.5 in) is a typical size.
1. Cut the panels to size (see diagram above) with a crosscut panel saw or jigsaw, making sure that all are square. When cutting across the end grain of plywood, you will obtain a much neater finish by scoring along the cut line with a knife to prevent the saw from splintering the outer layer of ply.
2. Firmly clamp each panel upright in a vice and trim down to the scored lines with a smoothing plane to produce neat, square edges all round. Finish off with medium sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block, using long, smooth strokes to keep the edges straight and square.
3. Set out the lines for each slot as shown, using the dimensions given in the diagram. Draw along each side of a small offcut (scrap) of plywood to establish the correct slot width without measuring each time. Use the first panel as a template for marking out the others.
4. Clamp each panel vertically and cut downward carefully, keeping to the waste side of each line. A sharp panel saw will be more controllable than a power saw for making accurate cuts of this kind.
5. Use a mallet and a 12mm (0.5 in) chisel to tap down at the ends of the slots. Each slot should extend to half the width of the panel so that the two halves of the joint slide together and leave the edges of the panels flush.
6. Wrap a strip of medium-grade sandpaper around a suitable offcut
of wood and clean up the slots where necessary. The width of each slot must provide a good sliding fit for the 12mm (0.5 in) plywood.
7. You will find it much easier to apply a finish to the components before assembling them. Clean up the panels with medium and fine sandpaper, then brush on a thin coat of lacquer or clear sealer.
8. Slot the components together to join the rack. A dab of wood glue may be needed on the inside of each joint, but if you have finished the slots well, it should not be necessary.