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Wine Cabinet

Wine Cabinet

by Rob Brown

Store your favourite collection of wines, accessories, and stemware in this versatile and convenient cabinet. With four heavy-duty casters for easy mobility, this piece is always ready to roll out the red carpet for entertaining. The modest detailing and simple accents can easily be customized to fit into any wine enthusiast's décor.

Wine CabinetWhat you'll need


  • 3/4" sheet of G2S plywood
  • 1/4" plywood 2' x 3'
  • 1" solid wood for wine bottle supports, front and back pieces, and top trim
  • doors (2) 12" x 30" (actual size 11 7/8 x 30 1/8")
  • iron-on edge banding trim tape (to match plywood)
  • #8 x 2" long screws (6)
  • #8 x 11/4" long screws (6)
  • nails or pins (to attach back)
  • castors (4) 2325-111
  • #8 x 3/4" screws for castors (16)
  • full overlay hinges (4) 2307-398
  • 6 x 5/8" screws for hinges and L-brackets (32)
  • cabinet knobs (2) 2306-891
  • stemware holders (3) 
  • 3/4" zinc corner braces (8) 2379-045
  • carpenter's glue 2020-155
  • Minwax stain (shown: Special Walnut) 1872-316
  • polyurethane 1877-525

Here's how

  1. Cut gables, bottom, shelf, and stringers to finished size.
  2. Machine 3/16" deep x 3/4" wide rabbets in gables to accept bottom and stringers.
  3. Machine rabbets in the backs of the gables to accept the back panel.
  4. Machine 3/16" deep dados in gables, the exact depth of the shelf, to accept shelf.
  5. Sand the interior surfaces of the parts.
  6. Assemble the six parts with glue. You can drive screws into the stringers, directly through the gables, as the top trim will cover them.
  7. Apply iron-on edge tape to the face of the cabinet, file it flush, and sand it (photo 1).
  8. Plane the blank for the front wine bottle supports to thickness.
  9. Joint one edge of the blank, rip it to about 1" wider than twice the width of a single support, and cut it to finished length so it fits between the two gables with no gaps.
  10. Layout the 11/8" diameter holes on the blank, and drill holes on drill press (photo 2).
  11. Rip the two parts from the blank making sure to split the holes in half. Sand the front wine bottle supports.
  12. Breakout two rear wine bottle supports, and cut these to final dimensions.
  13. Layout semi-circles, then cut the semi-circles on a drill press, ensuring the workpiece is clamped during the operation. Use a slower RPM (photo 3).
  14. Sand the rear wine bottle supports.
  15. Temporarily fix the upper wine bottle supports to the cabinet with L-brackets.
  16. Locate the lower wine bottle supports on the bottom panel and temporarily fix them in place from below with screws through the bottom panel.
  17. Remove all four supports.
  18. Cut the top piece to size.
  19. Cut, mitre, and attach trim to the top piece (photo 4).
  20. Route profile in top trim.
  21. Temporarily fasten top to the cabinet through stringers.
  22. Sand top.
  23. Cut back piece to size and temporarily install it (I used 1/4" material, but you can also use extra 3/4" material).
  24. Drill hinge holes in backs of doors.
  25. Drill holes for door pulls.
  26. Install hinges and check doors for fit.
  27. Remove back and apply masking tape to portion of back that will be glued to the cabinet (photo 5 - around the exterior, and where it meets the top stringer and shelf).
  28. Sand exterior of cabinet.
  29. Remove the top, wine bottle supports and doors, and then finish all parts (photo 6).
  30. Re-assemble all parts. Add castors and stemware holders.


Edge banding trim is a great way to cover edges of sheet goods. With a little practice the process is quite easy.

Photo 1

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