Monday, July 4, 2011

Wine Storage from a Sonotube

As  home winemakers, wine storage is essential.  I did purchase a wine rack from Ikea.  I keep this in our cold room for our newly bottled wine. As we have alot of raspberry bushes, we will create more this summer.  I decided to build a wine rack using the rest of a sonotube that I had purchased for another project.   Here's how I did it.

The finished product

I first measured a wine bottle to determine the length of each tube.  I decided on 11inches.

 Next, I cut some plywood for the inside.  Each tube would need 1 piece to divide the tube in half.  Then two smaller pieces to divide the tube into quarters.  This will be determined by the size of your sonotube. 

I first put the large piece in and screwed it from the outside of the tube.  I then screwed the shorter pieces in from the outside and toe screwed into the center of the bigger plywood on the front and back to ensure that none of the pieces would move.

Fill any screw holes with wood filler.

Next step was to fit them all up to see what it would look like.  I was satisfied with this shape but you of course could stack them anyway you want.

I took some red latex paint and started to paint each one all over so that they were completely covered.  Probably would have been smarter to prime them but I didn`t.  I had to use 2 coats. 

I used some dark oil base stain and proceeded to paint over each of them.  I also used two coats as I wanted it to look old world. 
The next step proved to be a challenge.  Putting these circles together was not easy as my drill was to big for pilot holes.  I had to figure out the location of the bolts and take it apart to drill pilot holes from the outside of each tube.  It`s tedious but necessary.  I used stove bolts and washers and nuts to assemble the tubes.

Once assembled, I can fit three bottles into each compartment....which means 12 bottles per tube.  I haven`t found it`s final place to rest as it`s too large for the cold room.  We are thinking of building a wine cellar in our old basement.....soon one day. That will make for another post.
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  1. These look amazing! I love them in red. What a genius way to store a lot of wine.

  2. Terrific repurposing idea! Red's one of my favorite colors so I love that.

  3. Thank you so much for your kind words. I really enjoyed doing this project.

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