DIY Wine Cabinet

Hey there folks!

These past two weekends my husband helped me make one of my pins on Pinterest come true. He helped me make a wine cabinet!  We have a lot of fancy tools because he does carpentry for a living, which I’ll go over, but I’ll also put in alternative ways to achieve these things without all the fancy stuff if you happen to be more of a hobbyist.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 8ft 1×12 cedar boards
  • nail gun
  • chop saw/skill saw
  • wood glue
  • sander + sand paper


Plane and Cut the Wood

First things first, we got cedar boards.  We actually came across old cedar boards that used to be telephone polls.  They were really old and rough so we had to plane them before we could use them.  Buying these directly from the store you could skip this step entirely, but the planing process was really cool. On the right side, you can see what the wood looked like before, and on the left side you can see what the wood looks like after.

After the wood was planed correctly, it was cut to size. We made the sides 48 inches in length, and the top/bottom 24 inches in length to make the box.
The shelves were cut later on.


Miter and Biscuit

To give it a more regal look, we wanted to use as little nail gun punctures as possible. We mitered the sides to create a slanted look when the edges of the box meet at a 45 degree angle (picture 1). We used a biscuit joiner to create holes (picture 2) and put biscuits in the holes with wood glue to hold it together (picture 3).  Then using clamps to hold it all together, we let the glue dry (picture 4).  We used a couple of nails for parts that look like they needed a little help.

The alternative is to keep the ends of your sides straight, and use a nail gun to pin the wood together to form the box.  You’ll have nail holes, but they will be unnoticeable for the most part.

Adding the Back

We put two pieces of wood on the back with a nail gun.  Nail gun holes in the back aren’t as big of a deal since no one really looks at the back.  We measured it out so the two back pieces do not quite touch.  The end effect of this ends up looking really cool.


Adding the Shelves

Start by adding the bottom shelf.  It works if you center the shelf at the bottom and cut the edges of the shelf at a 45 degree angle using a chop saw (you can use a skill saw at this point, but it won’t be as easy as using a skill saw).
Then piece by piece, center the shelf on the board below it, cutting the edge touching the side at a 45 degree angle. Make sure you put wood glue every place wood is touching wood.  Then use a nail gun to further cement the shelf’s place in the cabinet.

Sanding and Staining

To make a smooth cabinet, sand it with 150 grit, and then use 220 grit.  Then pick a stain that matches your house the best.  We went with a weathered gray.  I love gray. I wish my whole house was gray.

I will say – I wish we finished sanding and staining before we put the shelves in.  It would have made our lives a little easier getting the corners.

Now you got yourself a wine cabinet!



All the love and regards,


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