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Building an Overhead Stemware Rack

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building an overhead stemware rack.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

1x2-inch wood strips
1/2x1/2-inch wood backer strips
shelf brackets
circular saw
power drill with wood bit
wood screws
paint or stain
angled brush

Step 3: Take Measurements

Start by customizing a rack to fit stemware. Measure diameters of base, stem and glass at widest spot.

Measure and mark position of runners on underside of shelf or cabinet top. Runners should be about 2 inches apart.

Step 4: Cut the Runners

Out of 1x2-inch wood, cut runners the depth of the shelf or cabinet.

Rout the edges for a decorative look or leave them plain.

Out of 1/2x1/2 wood, cut one backer strip for each runner. Backer strips also should be depth of shelf or cabinet.

Sand the edges, and paint or stain all of the pieces.

Step 5: Hang the Rack

Tack up a set of backer strips and runners to make sure the dimensions are correct.

Screw the backer strips to the shelf or the cabinet.

Pre-drill holes in the runners and screw them to backer strips. Use three screws per runner.

Tip: When you hang stemware, leave 1/2 inch between each glass for safety.