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DIY Wine Caddy

The time had come for the sibling Christmas gift exchange and this year, I picked my sister’s name out of the hat. For the past few years, I’ve been able to test out my DIY projects on the (lucky) recipients of my gifts – like a wooden six-pack and wine shelf. And this year, I couldn’t disappoint. Dan and I have had this project saved for a while, and now would be the perfect time to test it out. It’s similar to the wooden six-pack we built a few years ago for my brother, but instead of being a “to-go box” for beer, it was a “to-go box” for wine. Anyone that knows my sister also knows that it’s a perfect fit.

The concept is essentially a wooden caddy that could hold a bottle of wine and two glasses. While Dan and I debated on the design a bit (him insisting that Sarah would be better off with one glass and two bottles), we ultimately decided to stick with the original design.

I should (or maybe shouldn’t) mention that our family has a $30 limit for the gift exchange. What Sarah won’t find out until she reads this post is that I built this wine carrier for free… well, technically. You see, we have a garbage can and a second box full of wood trimmings from all the other projects we worked on in the past. So all I had to do was go shopping in there.

Lucky for me, I found everything I needed. Scrap pieces of:

  • 1×4
  • 1×2
  • 3/4 dowel (rounded wood for handle)

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The original design for this came from this website , and they provided the cut list for each of the pieces. Here’s what I’d need:
1 – 1×4 @3 3/4″ (Bottom)
2 – 1×4 @ 15 1/2″ (Sides)
2 – 1×4 @3 1/2″ (Stem shelves)
4 – 1×2 @5 1/4″ (Slats)
1 – 3/4″ dowel @ 4 1/4″ (Handle)
About 10 minutes and a fun time with the miter saw later, I had all the pieces I’d need.
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Now it was time for Dan to step in and show me the ropes a bit. Good thing he has about every and any kind of tool you would need on-hand. Although, he always insists that he needs more… hm…
We had to drill holes on each of the side boards for the handle to sit in, which is what you see here.
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We then had to drill holes for the “stem shelves” themselves, allowing the wine glass to easily slide into place.


Dan added a bit of detail with the bottom moldings on each of the stem shelves, giving it added support and a more finished look.
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With the detail-cuts were made, we could now put the entire wine rack together. Wood glue, a few nails, and a couple clamps later, and this wine carrier was well on it’s way.

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Now that it was completely assembled, it was time to decide on a stain color. While I notoriously lean toward Honey and Dan leans toward Dark Walnut, I decided to change things up a bit. I thought a merlot-looking Red Mahogany would be the perfect fit, since this was a wine caddy after all. Two layers of stain and three layers of poly later, all this wine carrier was missing was the glasses and wine itself.
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But we can fix that.

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After giving this gift to my sister, she whole-heartedly agreed with Dan’s initial design of one glass and two bottles. Guess she’ll have to wait until next year and I hope I pick her name out of the hat again.

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