Richard Gold's book "How and Why to Build a Wine Cellar" has simple plans for bin construction. Seems like if you had a router that an individual rack could be constructed... it would interesting to see what the costs are compared to buying a rack from the store. Seems like one of those projects that might even out $$$wise in the end (for elaborate racking). Have fun!

LJ

"Drink up, me hardies, YO HO!"
In my old cellar I used some Garden Lattice with a gap big enough to accomodate bottles, some star pickets and chicken wire. 300 bottle storage from scraps around the house. It did the job quite admirably for about 7 years.

The only reason for change was that my mother decided to take over that part of the cellar and I had to move my wine.

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In my cellar, to maximaize use of space, I built bins for storage. Iused commerciasl steel shelving and cut and drilled aluminum bars for cross-bracing to give me the additional strength I needed. Works fine and transmits the cold from the cellar floor.

Just one more sip.
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In my cellar, to maximaize use of space, I built bins for storage. I used commercial steel shelving and cut and drilled aluminum bars for cross-bracing to give me the additional strength I needed. Works fine and transmits the cold from the cellar floor.



Damm, you guys are handy. I can barely hang a door.
Properly dimensioned material is available at Home Depot (clear pine in a variety of sizes). Trim to fit. A table saw is useful but a hand saw will work too. A brad nailer is very useful. I don't think building a rack without one would be a good experience.

The design is the tricky part. There are on-line sites that will design the racking to fit your space. They send the un-assembled material and you put it together. I believe they offer options of material; pine, redwood, etc.

Good luck and have fun.
If you're building racks out of wood, you've got to use hardwood. I built some vertical sections using 1 x 2 spruce and I ripped the 1 x 2 down to make 1/2" horizontal vertical pieces. I should have known that spruce was a bad idea, but it was cheap and all I could afford at the time.

Well, you can probably guess that the vertical sections warped so bad that I couldn't use them. Unless, of course, my bottles looked like something Salvador Dali dreamed up.

The moral of the story is "Do it right the first time".

"It's a f-ing homerun!!!" - One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest
I built all my own racks, some with individual bottle slots, some with vertical bins, some with box bins for 3, 6, 9 and 12 bottles, and some with diamond bins, plus some racks for cases. I used pine, and it was a fun project and the total cost was less than 50 cents a bottle, and I really think it was MUCH less than that. (the box bins, diamond bins and vertical bins lowered the cost per bottle a lot.
-w
I had a carpenter build some racks in my former home. He did a quality design job, bought the finest redwood, took weeks to assemble the racks, but he evidently underbid the job and could only finish half of the racks. However, I paid him his bid, ordered machine made racks to finish the job, and my carpenter was happy to install them for me.

Since I ended up with distinctly different racks in my wine cellar, I made sure that didn't happen again when I moved to my current location. I ordered all machine made heart redwood. It was expensive, but it has a quality appearence and design.
MrMom:

I have a very simple design for individual bottle racking that can be built with our wonderful and relatively inexpensive native white pine. Would not last forever in a very moist cellar, but some of my racking has close to ten years on it and is looking fine. Let me know if you want to come take a look. BTW, my wife's family has big time roots in Atkinson.

CabNut
Hey CabNut,
I didn't think anybody on the board was from NH let alone know where Atkinson was. Where in NH do you live? I'd like to come by and check out your design. I've already made some simple hardwood boxes with X's in the middle, but need some individual racks as I have some nice individual bottles.

Send email to hadwen4@msn.com if you want to take it off line.

-MrMom

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