DIY Metal & Leather Wine Rack

DIY Metal & Leather Wine Rack

We honestly have tons of wine storage in our apartment, but once in a while, I love having a bottle on deck for family parties or dinner events. I also feel like everything I make is based around lumber (it’s not like I’m a woodworker or anything), and I wanted to challenge myself! So, I put a lot of faith in my newbie metalworking skills and decided to try my hand at brazing together this metal and leather wine rack!

Steps

  1. Secure your benchtop vice clamp to your work station. You will need this vice to help you bend your aluminum rods.
  2. Using the vice and human strength, carefully bend your aluminum rod to create two side pieces. Check to make sure all angles are at 90 degrees with a speed square. I bent my rods so that each side piece had two 7″ legs and a 10″ center bar.
    BendingBending
  3. Use a miter saw to trim the rest of your rod into two 6 1/2″ cross pieces.
    Miter saw
    Cut rods
  4. Once all of your pieces are cut, use a file to file down the sharp edges of the 6 1/2″ cross pieces and to create a groove for the brazing compound to sit.
    File
  5. Next, use a wire brush to clean away any residue.
    Wire brush
  6. Once everything has been prepped, clamp your first cross piece to the inside, bottom edge of the side piece.
    Clamp
    Square
  7. Next, use your Bernzomatic TS4000 Torch Kit to heat the joint. As you heat the joint, rub the aluminum brazing rod alongside the two pieces. You will want the brazing rods to melt with the heat of the larger aluminum rods, not the flame. So, don’t apply the flame directly to the brazing rod. And make sure to allow the metal to cool for a while before removing it from the clamp!
    Bernzomatic TS4000
    Brazed
  8. After the first joint is brazed, repeat this step three more times until the cross piece is fully brazed to both side pieces.
    More brazing
  9. After everything cools, use acetone and a rag to wipe down the aluminum.
    Acetone
  10. After cleaning the metal, it’s time to create your straps! Use a scissor to trim your two leather straps to size. I cut mine to 16″ long.
    Cutting leather
  11. Next, drill the holes for your screws to go through. I started by lining up the two ends of the leather strap, and then folded a piece over on each end and drilled through that as well.
    Drilling leather
    Folded leather 
  12. Next, I threaded the Chicago screws to make sure they fit.
    Chicago screw
  13. Once everything was aligned, I attached the leather straps to the rack.
    Attaching leather to frame
    Frame

All that was left was to add a bottle of wine and call it a day!

Wine rack complete

What You'll Need


TS4000
TS4000

High Heat Torch for Fast Work Times

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Tools

  • Aluminum Brazing Rods
  • Wire Brush
  • Flat Metal File
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill & Bit (For Screws)
  • Speed Square
  • Heat Resistant Gloves
  • General Purpose Disposable Gloves
  • Gloves With Grips
  • Benchtop Vice Clamp
  • Metal Wood Clamps
  • Paper Towel
  • Tape Measure

Materials

  • (2) 36″ Long 5/8″ Aluminum Rods
  • Faux Leather Straps
  • (4) 1/2″ Threaded Chicago Screws
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