For only $40 and the span of one afternoon, you can make this stylish wine rack to hold all of your favorite bottles.
Step 1: Cut the Components
Step 2: Lay Out the Front Rails
Step 3: Mark the Angled Notches
Step 4: Cut the Notches
Step 5: Remove the Notches
Step 6: Drill the Dowel Holes
Step 7: Assemble the Front Frame
Step 8: Build the Back Frame
Step 9: Assemble the Wine Rack
Cut the wood parts to length with a miter saw or circular saw, then round the edges with sandpaper. Cut the aluminum tubing to length with a hacksaw or plumber's pipe cutter.
Measure and mark the notches on the horizontal rails based on the diagrams (next page). Rails 1 and 3 are identical, as are Rails 2 and 4. The top rail is notched along its entire length.
Set a sliding T-bevel to 30° and mark the angles on the tops of the rails. Rails 1 and 3 are angled one way, Rails 2 and 4 the other. The top rail notches are square. Mark all notches 1 1/4 in. deep.
Clamp your rails firmly in place, set your jigsaw to 30° and cut both sides of the notches. Set your bevel the opposite way for Rails 2 and 4.
Use a sharp 1-in. chisel to cut through and remove the bottoms of the notches. Smooth rough edges.
Use a dowelling jig and 5/16-in. bit to drill pairs of matching holes in the top and bottom edges of the rails for the wood spacers (see diagram). Drill one hole 1 in. from the end, the second hole 2 in. away. Drill 7/16-in. holes, 7/8 in. deep for the dowels that secure the metal tubing.
Cut the dowels to length (1 1/2 in.), apply glue to the dowels and dowel holes, then assemble the front frame (slip metal tubing over larger dowels, reversed every second row, from end to end and front to back). Be sure that rails, spacers and tubing all fit tightly and that the frame lies flat.
Assemble the back frame using the same techniques as you did for the front frame. Near the ends of the top, middle and bottom rails of both frames, drill 3/8-in. holes for the threaded rods.
Install 3/8-in. nuts and washers 1 in. from the ends of the 9-in. threaded rods. Insert the threaded rods through the holes, then use a washer and threaded cap nut to cinch the frames together.
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