There comes a time in almost every homeowner's life when they want a wine rack. Unfortunately, they aren't always cheap, so building your own has become increasingly popular. Particularly if you enjoy wine, a wine rack is a great compliment to the ambiance of a room and even an entire house. Unfortunately, not all racks are created equal, and variances in temperature, type of wood used, number of wine bottles required, and many other factors, should play into consideration when you plan to build a wine rack.
If you have spent any time searching for wine rack plans, you probably noticed that there are plenty to choose from. Some are free and some you have to pay for. If you go with the free plans, you'll find that a lot of the plans are lacking in terms of substance, leaving a lot to the woodworker to figure out for themselves. Additionally, most of the free plans have no way that you can customize the plans for your own use. They typically can only be built the exact way the plans call out for them, or else they will be unstable and perhaps will not last very long.
If you do decide to customize your own wood wine rack, there are a few factors you must first take into consideration:
The temperature of your location must be a relatively steady temperature year-round. Typically this is in the basement of a home, but if you have good climate control inside of your home, you should be able to keep your wine and rack anywhere indoors.
Odd size bottles and room for your wine collection to expand. If you have looked around recently, you have seen that not all wine bottles are the same size and shape. Even if you don't have any odd-shaped bottles right now, as your collection and tastes expand, you may come across a wine that you fall in love with, but is located in an oddly shaped bottle. Take this into account when looking for your wine rack plans and you'll have a rack that will last you for years.
Know what you want to store, and for how long. Many times, homeowners decide they want to store only wine bottles, then a week after the project is finished, they remember they need a spot for the glasses! Be sure to think about cold storage, glasses, bottles, carafes, and jugs when you're taking it into consideration.
There is no doubt that building a wine rack can be a very rewarding experience. Think hard about what you want from your rack, be wary of the free plans you see out there, and realize that sometimes you get what you pay for.
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