How to Build a Pallet Wine Rack

By Brian Lemay No comments


Hi everyone, today we’re going to build
this wine rack out of pallet wood. There’s a lot of pallet wood wine rack
builds on YouTube, but no one that I’ve seen is actually gonna build it that way
we’re gonna do it in this video, so keep watching. I love the rustic quality that you get
from working with pallet wood, but the problem with it is that each board is
unique from the others. Some of them are thicker or thinner than the others and
it does make it a little bit harder to plan the project ahead. That being
said, I don’t actually have a plan with exact measurements, so I’m just going to
kind of wing it. I’m gonna bring everything to the miter saw and I’m
gonna cut it down ,and once I have everything cut we’re gonna bring it back
together and we’ll talk about how this thing is going to come together So after testing and retesting, and
trying different things over and over again, I finally figured out what my
measurements were gonna be. So there are two important measurements you need to
know here. The measurements for the back boards and the face plate which are all
the same; okay and that’s gonna be 21 and 3/4 of an
inch in length. That is going to take into consideration
that these side pieces here are one and a quarter inches thick. I
want to be able to fit six bottles of wine here and so that’s what my
measurements are set for .okay now the other important measurement is the
inside length. Now the inside length you I had a to consider that
these are one of the quarter inches so I took out two and a half inches and they
ended up with 19 and a quarter inches. wide so these two now this is the shelf
where the bottle sit on. This is going to be where the glasses are gonna hang from.
We haven’t cut in holes in it just yet but we’re going to. that’s gonna be the
next thing we do, and also I want to clean this board up. This is dirty, it’s splintery so we’re also gonna sand this down really well, and that’s
what we’re gonna be doing right now. finish sanding everything at the belt
sander look at the difference this is oak and I couldn’t even tell it was open
it was so dirty so this is pretty good stuff
my next step here is to pin everything together with my nailer and as that
before I even do that like I can tell it these edges are pretty sharp so I’m
gonna hand sand some of these parts down just so I don’t get splinters while I’m
doing it and let’s see how it goes from here the easiest way to do this would have
been to mount both of these pieces here first and then mount the inside parts
but because of the fact that we sanded these another thinner that won’t work
because if I did do that and made them flush to each end there would be a gap
on one side of this when I put this in here because these are now too short so
to fix that we’re gonna mount this these inner pieces first and then we’ll bring
this over and we’re going to end up having about a 3/16 overhang here which
we’re gonna have to cut off later on the next step now is to set up the wine
glass holder now the wine glass holder is gonna go on the bottom of this rack
and to do that we’re going to take this piece of wood we’re going to be cutting
some slots into it now I took this piece right here as a test this first one I
used a 3/4 inch Forstner bit and then just cut straight down to open up a slot
I didn’t like it because the opening here was made it so that the glass slid
very easily in and out I didn’t like that the second wine I decided to make
it a little bit smaller this is done with a 3/8 of an inch washer a bit and
the slot is a little bit smaller and I didn’t like the way the glass set it
seems to be too elevated and sit low enough this last one here I use also a
3/4 inch Forstner bit but I cut a slot that was a little bit narrower than this
one and what I ended up finding was that it’s sat lower than the previous one and
it didn’t come out as easily like I’m pulling out and he gets hung up it gets
hung up right in here which is what I was looking for so this is the sides
we’re gonna do here I realize that this piece needs to be
cut down a little bit because it protrudes our side piece here so this is
an opportunity to try my new jointer for the first time so let’s do that this is almost ready to be stains but
before we do I want to drill some pilot holes and countersink some screws in
here just for a little added reinforcement especially since I didn’t
put any glue here then I want to sand a little bit more on the edges because the
edges are kind of sharp in splintery and then I think we’ll ready the same i sanded this off-camera because i think
the only thing worse than sanding is watching somebody else and and i think i
put enough sanding in this video to begin with now we’re ready for the final
step which is just to finish this I’m going to stain it but before I stain it
there are three things here we don’t we want to do if you’re gonna stain this I
recommend putting a wood conditioner first and that’s what this is here and
when you apply it you’re going to let it dry and then you can do your staining
and what it does is it allows the stain to absorb more evenly so you won’t it
won’t look blotchy it won’t look like some parts of darker than others and
after I stain it I’m gonna put a polyurethane a several coats of
polyurethane you may will choose to use something else but I’m gonna use a satin
polyurethane this is exactly what I had in my mind
before we started this project and it came out exactly the way I imagined it
and that’s why I love doing things like this you know sometimes it works out
sometimes it doesn’t but the challenge is what gets me excited about it I hope
you learned something from this I hope I gave you some ideas if you like this
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