Next, take a close look at the edge of the face veneer to examine its thickness. If the veneer’s thickness is hardly visible, the veneer is probably too thin and you will likely have trouble sanding and finishing.
With regards to the sizes of the racks, a good quality guide will show you the exact measurements and appropriate placement of a specific wine rack project. For example, small wine rack plans are suggested for countertop or table spaces, with which the end product could hold up to 6 bottles. The medium-sized ones are for 15 bottles that could be placed right beside the breakfast or dining table. And the large racks that could hold up to a hundred bottles will be recommended to be built in the basement area or separate room.
Sand the plywood with the grain lightly with 80 grit sandpaper, followed by 100 grit sandpaper. Stain with a semitransparent or opaque stain. You can also use paint and finish with a clear topcoat.
Do not store wine in a very light area. Keep it in as dark of an area as possible and keep it away from direct sunlight and fluorescent lights.
Before you begin construction, plan where you will put the wine rack. Storing the wine in the right environment is crucial to its flavor. Always store wine in a cool, dark, and slightly humid area. Never store wine in the sun or in the heat. It will cook the wine and ruin its flavor. Keep the temperature between 50 and 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Store the wine on its side so it keeps the cork moist.
Before you get caught up in patterns, designs, wood types and finishes, don’t forget the basics. It should allow for the bottles to rest in a right angle; that way, the corks will stay moist. Corks shouldn’t be allowed to dry because it might shrink and the air will enter the bottle, affecting the wine’s taste.
Also have an idea about how many bottles you would like to store. This will limit your search further. If you plan on expanding your collection over the years, buy a simple wire system so you can find additional pieces that match or coordinate over the years.
To get a better idea as to how your finished wine rack will look like, always test your finish on a scrap piece containing a patch or repair.
Probably the cheapest, but most effective wine rack you can build uses brick and wood planks. Stack the bricks for height, and use wooden planks with smaller wooden dividers for an easy-to-make wine rack.
Firstly you should carefully plan where your new wine rack should stand. There are many studies done on where in the process of shopping a customer is most likely to notice your wine collection and buy a bottle. Those studies on customer purchasing behavior can be found on web. A 2005 research in Denmark supermarkets for example showed that wine buyers bought more olives, fruit and vegetables, poultry, cooking oil and low fat cheese, milk and meat than beer buyers. So you really have to know your customers in order to pinpoint the right spot for your new wine rack.