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How to Build a Wine Rack from a Wooden Pallet

By: Danny Lipford

Completed pallet wine rack attached to wall.

Wooden pallets can be used for a number of DIY woodworking projects, including this wall mounted wine rack for your home. Here’s how to go about it.

How to make a pallet wine rack:

  1. Cut Pallet: Use a jigsaw or reciprocating saw to cut through the pallet frame inside the first set of notches and even with the edge of one of the pallet slats.

Wine rack cut off of pallet.

  1. Remove Pallet Slat: Remove a slat from the remaining larger part of the pallet to use as the bottom for the wine rack.
  2. Rip Pallet Slat: Rip the slat to the same width as the thickness of the pallet using a table saw or circular saw.

Drilling holes to attach bottom slat to wine rack.

  1. Attach Bottom: Attach the slat to the bottom of the rack with screws so it’s flush on all edges.
  2. Sand Wine Rack: Sand the notches on the pallet frame with a belt sander. Round any sharp edges and sand the wine rack with an oscillating sander.

Sanding wine rack with belt sander.

  1. Finish Wine Rack: Paint or stain the wine rack and mount it on a wall with screws.
Completed pallet wine rack with wine bottles in it.

Completed pallet wine rack.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information

Video Transcript

The pallet you use for this wine rack should be the kind with notches cut into bottom side of the framing which allow forklift forks under the side as well. The first step is cutting the pallet in two just inside one of those notches. To cut through the vertical frame pieces, you’ll need a jigsaw with a long blade or a reciprocating saw.

The smaller of the resulting two pieces is the bulk of your wine rack. From the larger discarded piece, remove one slat. Be careful not to crack it, pallets are often held together with ring shank nails that can be stubborn to remove.

This slat will be the bottom of the rack, so put it in place on the uncut end, and mark it so it can be cut to match. This cut is best made on a table saw.

Drill pilot holes and drive screws through this piece to attach it to the bottom of the rack so that it’s flush on all edges. Then, use a belt sander to clean up the round cuts in the notches and round off the top edges to a matching curve.

Your wine rack is ready for paint or stain so that you can put it work.


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How to Build a Wine Rack from a Wooden Pallet