My neighbor had a pile of stuff at the curb that he was giving away or throwing away, whichever occurred first. I noticed a 5 gallon paint bucket full of some very nice looking wood. So I stopped to pick it up. He said it was an IKEA bed that was broken. It even had the hardware in a zip bag.

A couple days later I was looking at it and trying to figure out what I could make out of it. We have been saving our spent wine bottles to fill with a future batch of homemade wine. We've saved about 60 bottles and they were stashed in several places around the house due to not having a good place for them.

So I thought, could it be a wine rack? I laid it out on the garage floor and realized that the mattress slats were the exact length of 12 wine bottles comfortably lined up side by side. I had enough slats for 5 tiers. 5 x 12 = 60 bottles. Eureka!

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I cut the bed posts up to form the 4 posts and the cross beams. Then I drilled some holes to make use of the bed's hardware to attach the shelves.

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I didn't want the bottles rolling around so I picked up some "screen bead" at the home improvement store. My middle daughter Nena really got into the project at this point. We had to cut, sand, and glue 176 pieces of screen bead for the bottle bumpers.

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The result? A 60 bottle wine rack! I started a 6 gallon batch of Argentine Malbec yesterday. That will be the first home batch on the rack, and will only fill half the rack. (30 bottles)

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2011-11-07

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