How to Make a Wine Rack in Your Cabinet

You can store wine in nearly any cabinet, but much of the pleasure in collecting and enjoying wine lies in storing your favorite vintages prominently and properly. With some simple woodworking skills and a little time, you can convert nearly any cabinet into an attractive, customized lattice wine rack that will help preserve the quality of your wines while they age--or simply await the right occasion.

Cut and bevel long dividers. Use a tape measure to determine the depth (from front to back) and inside diagonal distance (from corner to corner) of your cabinet. Cut two pieces of wood, such as hardwood planks or plywood, to be as long as the diagonal distance and 1 or 2 inches shallower (width-wise) than the cabinet. Then, cut a 45-degree bevel into both sides at both ends to create a 90-degree point at each end. This will allow your long dividers to slide into the cabinet and rest snugly against opposite corners.

Notch dividers. Slide one of the dividers into the cabinet, and then partially insert the other to form an "X." Use a pencil to mark the intersection point of the two dividers. Remove them and cut notches in each, at the intersection point, that are 0.5 inches wide and half the width of the divider.

Cut and bevel short dividers. Use a tape measure to determine the distance from the center of the top of the cabinet to the center of one side. Cut two pieces of wood to be as long as this distance and as wide as the long dividers. Repeat this process for the bottom of the cabinet. Cut a 45-degree bevel into one side at both ends. This will allow the short dividers to slide into the cabinet and rest snugly against adjacent walls.

Notch dividers. With the long dividers in the cabinet, partially insert a short divider. With the ends of the short divider at the midpoints of a cabinet wall and its top or bottom, it should be parallel to one divider and intersect the other. Mark the intersection point on both dividers and cut notches in each that are 0.5 inches wide and half the width of the divider. Repeat for the remaining three short dividers.

Assemble dividers. With all of your notches cut, the dividers should slide easily into place to form an "X" surrounded by a diamond. This configuration will give you four diamonds and eight triangle openings to fill with wine bottles.