How to Build an X Wine Rack

An X-shaped wine rack provides you with a stylish way to store your wine collection. The rack consists of a square box assembly with an open front. The divider boards intersect to form an X-shaped divider inside the box assembly. Make the rack using high-quality furniture-grade plywood. Furniture-grade plywood allows you to finish the wine rack to match your existing wood furniture. Build several racks and stack them vertically or side-by-side so you can add to your wine collection.

An X wine rack shows off your wine collection in style.

Step 1

Place the 3/4-by-16-by-28-inch plywood panels one at a time onto the table of a miter saw.  Adjust the miter saw to cut a 45-degree angle.

Cut the 28-inch ends at a 45-degree angle.  The 45-degree angles should extend in on the inside edges of the panels, so the four panels fit together like a picture frame along the angled edges to form a box.

Step 2

Sand the cut edges with a fine-grit sanding block until smooth.  Assemble the panels together to form a box.

Apply wood glue to the adjoining edges and clamp the assembly at both ends with frame clamps.  Allow the glue to dry 24 hours and remove the clamps.

Step 3

Place the 3/4-by-28-by-28-inch panel over one of the open ends of the box assembly.  Hammer finish nails through the panel into the edges of the box assembly every 4 to 6 inches.

Step 4

Lay the 3/4-by-15-1/4-by-37-inch panels on a work surface measure.  Mark a 3/4-inch-wide by 7-5/8-inch deep notch in the center of one 37-inch side of each panel with a tape measure and pencil.

Step 5

Cut the notches out with a jigsaw by following along the pencil lines carefully.  Sand the cut edges with a fine-grit sanding block until smooth.

The notches allow the boards to interlock and form an X-shaped divider. 

Step 6

Cut the edges that are 15-1/4-inch wide of the 3/4-by-15-1/4-by-37-inch panels at opposing 45-degree angles to form a pointed edge on each end.  The pointed edge allows the panels to slide into the box assembly.

Step 7

Interlock the two 3/4-by-15-1/4-by-37-inch panels by sliding the two notches together to form an X divider. 

Step 8

Apply two coats of wood finish to the X divider and box assembly.  Allow the first coat to dry four hours and apply a second coat.

Wait 24 hours and slide the X divider into the box assembly. 

Things You Will Need

  • 4 Plywood panels, 3/4-by-16-by-28-inch
  • Miter saw
  • Sanding block, fine grit
  • Wood glue
  • 2 Frame clamps
  • Plywood panel, 3/4-by-28-by-28-inch
  • Hammer
  • Box finish nails
  • 2 plywood panels, 3/4-by-15-1/4-by-37-inch
  • Tape measure
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood finish
  • Paint brush

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.

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