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How to Build a Wine Serving Station

Building a custom wine serving station adds unique and impressive storage to your home. Learn how to make a custom wine serving station with these easy step-by-step directions.

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Step 1: Prepare the Drawer

Remove the front from the drawer that will hold the ice bucket. Use a table saw to cut a horizontal slot in the back of the drawer front, level with the drawer slides and sized to hold a piece of 3/4" plywood. Use a prybar to pry out the cut section.

Step 2: Cut the Ice Bucket Holder

Flip the ice bucket upside down and trace onto a piece of 3/4" plywood (Image 1). Set the bucket aside, drill a pilot hole and use a jigsaw to cut out a circular hole slightly smaller than the traced line. Test-fit the ice bucket in the hole to make sure it doesn't fall all the way through (Image 2).

Step 3: Finish the Ice Bucket Holder

Use a router with a round-over bit to round out the edges of the circular hole in the plywood. Cut the plywood to fit inside the drawer space, making sure to keep the hole centered from left to right. Use wood glue to secure the panel inside the slot in the back of the drawer front. Install drawer slides along the sides of the plywood.

Step 4: Make the Cutting Board Top

Trace the hole in the ice bucket holder ontl a cutting board the same size as the holder. Using this line as a guide, use wood glue and screws to secure the circle cut from the plywood to the bottom of the cutting board. Dry-fit the cutting board on top of the ice bucket panel.

Step 5: Replace Drawer

Remove the ice bucket and store elsewhere in the cabinet until needed. Fit the cutting board over the ice bucket holder and slide into the cabinet like any other drawer.

Step 6: Sand the Cabinets

Remove doors, drawers and hardware and sand all outside surfaces of the cabinets. If the cabinets are pre-finished, make sure to "rough up" the entire surface so the primer will adhere properly.

Tip: Don't reattach the doors, drawers and hardware until the serving station is assembled. The paint job will be easier with everything taken apart, and doors and drawers won't get in the way of installation.

Step 7: Drill for a Power Cord

Check to see if the wall outlet is positioned behind the fridge's final location. If it's not, use a drill with a Forstner bit to drill into the bottoms of the cabinets, as needed, to allow the power cord to pass through.

Step 8: Prime and Paint

Prime and paint the cabinets as desired.

Step 9: Dry-fit the Wine Serving Station

Place the cabinets and wine fridge in position, adjusting as needed. Dry-fit the countertop on top of the unit and make sure everything fits properly.

Step 10: Install the Cabinets and Countertop

Use shims to level the cabinets, then use screws to attach them securely to the wall studs.

Use latex adhesive to install the new countertop on top of the cabinets and fridge.

Reinstall the doors, drawers and hardware on the cabinets.

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