How to Build a Cube Wine Rack

A cube wine rack.
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-30
What You'll Need
Wooden crate
Tape measure

A cube wine rack is one of the easiest building projects you can undertake to give an extra accent to your kitchen. As well as providing a great place to keep your wine, a cube wine rack is more eye-catching than the traditional wine rack which makes it perfect for a modern kitchen. Making a cube wine rack is the type of job anyone can undertake and only requires a minimum amount of tools and carpentry skills.

Step 1 - Get the Crate

The cube in your cube wine rack is going to be made from a wooden crate. You can use a plastic crate but your cube wine rack will look a lot better and be more stable if you use wood. For your crate, you’ll need to select one that’s at least 12 inches tall by 18 inches wide. This will allow you to store a reasonable number of wine bottles. It also needs to be about 10 inches to 12 inches deep to properly accommodate the bottles and keep them stable.

Like all wine racks, you will want to keep the wine bottles on their sides. This keeps the corks moist, making them easier to remove with a corkscrew. Once you’ve selected your crate, paint it to match the color scheme in your kitchen. A primer and two coats of gloss paint will give the best protection to the wood as bottles will be sliding in and out of the rack.

Step 2 - Cut

To make your cube into a cube wine rack, you’ll need to have a piece of wood that bisects the inside of the cube on the diagonal from bottom left to top right, or bottom right to top left. Measure the depth of your crate and also the distance on your diagonal. Mark this out on a piece of plywood which should be at least 1/8 inch thick to effectively support the bottles in the cube wine rack.

Check to see that the plywood fits securely and tightly into the cube wine rack and then remove it. Before the final fitting, you should paint the plywood. You can either use the same color as on the rest of the rack or a contrasting color to give an extra accent. Paint both sides of the plywood as well as the edge that will face into the room and leave it to dry fully. Again, you should start with primer and follow with two coats of gloss paint.

Step 3 - Finish the Wine Rack

Run a bead of glue along the edges and back of the plywood. These are the edges that will touch the wood of the crate. Now, push the plywood in on the diagonal. This will work best if the crate is standing on the floor with the open side upward. Push down hard so that the plywood sits firmly. Wipe off any excess glue then place a weight across the top. Leave it until the glue has dried to have a finished cube wine rack.