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Compact Wine Rack

With two boards, you can turn a shelf into a wine rack.




  • Two 1-by-12-inch boards
  • Pencil
  • Speed square
  • Paint


  1. Step 1

    Use a space that is square, deep enough to hold bottles on their sides, and at least 14 inches tall and wide.

  2. Step 2

    Measure depth and diagonal distance between corners; cut two 1-by-12-inch boards to those dimensions, and sand to fit, if necessary.

  3. Step 3


    Notch middle of each piece at 90 degrees: Use a pencil and speed square to mark wood, and a jigsaw to make a 3/4-inch-wide notch that stops at the center.

  4. Step 4

    Bisect pieces at notched points to make a three-dimensional X. Paint to match shelves.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2002



Reviews (6)

  • Carlylady 21 Sep, 2011

    I can't find a way to save this great idea in my collections!

  • Annie60 2 Sep, 2009

    Terrific Idea!

  • Jimar 1 Sep, 2009

    Boo Hoo. You are right ginasews, I just tried it.

  • Jimar 1 Sep, 2009

    I Love it and will be working on it soon. Thanks

  • ginasews 1 Sep, 2009

    Just be careful because most upper cabinets are not deep enough for a wine bottle.

  • 812SAL 1 Sep, 2009

    Brilliant idea!