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How to Build a Heat-Duct Wine Rack (page 2 of 2)

Grab a stack of double walled heat ducts and a MIG welder, and find a place to bring a DIY wine cellar into view.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty



Step 4: Mount the Wine Rack

With welds hidden, hold the wine rack up to the side wall or cabinet. If mounting the rack in a nook, add stability by pushing the bottom end of the duct rack against the wall. With an assistant holding the rack horizontally against the wall, drill a pilot hole inside the top duct and into the wall. Note: A drill bit extension may be helpful. Insert the first screw to secure the rack to the wall. For a strong attachment, sink the screws into a wall stud. Do the same for each duct opening (Images 1 and 2).

The attachment screws must firmly connect the rack to the wall or cabinet side. If the wall-mounted rack is attached to drywall, make certain the screws hit wall studs. If not, drill pilot holes and insert ribbed wall anchors to secure the screws.

Wine Rack Options

The back wall of the nook can be painted with writeable and erasable chalkboard paint. This built-in chalkboard can then help label the wine bottles. The chalkboard can also be trimmed out with a small frame. Shelving can be fabricated inside the nook, with built-in shelves below and above the wine rack.

If a nook or cabinet side is not available, a wine rack can still be created. Use a self-standing pyramid shape. The ducts can be tack welded together starting with four ducts on the bottom row, three ducts connected above, followed by two, then one duct at the top.

For a bold display, tack-weld the ducts into a unique shape and hang the fixture from the ceiling. Note: The tack welds will be visible, therefore, tack both sides of the ducts cleanly. The weight will be significant, therefore, securely fasten the rack to the ceiling. If a welding tool is out of your capabilities, a rivet gun may replace the welder. Pre-drill matching pilot holes to insert the rivets at both ends of the duct, taking care to align the ducts and their holes. Feel free to be creative.

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