Do not relegate your beautiful (and expensive) stemware to the back of a cupboard. Put it on display in a homemade stemware rack. The drink ware will be easy to access and the rack can be installed under a kitchen cabinet or in another tight space. Not only will you use your stemware more often, guests will compliment you on its beauty.
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Step 1: Review your kitchen or dining room for potential spots to install the rack. If ample overhead space is not available, consider building a shelf-style rack. The rack should be located out of the way of workstations in a spot where people will not bump it when passing through the area. Do not place the rack near a cabinet door that might bang into it when being opened.
Step 2: Design the rack on paper with the pencil. Review stemware rack kits available in hardware and wine stores for inspiration. Determine how much stemware the rack must hold before creating the final design. A wooden rack should be durable enough to support a fair amount of weight.
Step 3: Assemble the wooden frame according to your diagram, using the saw to cut the lumber and the drill and screws to secure the framework.
Step 4: Create the channels where the stemware will slide in place. Each channel should be 1/2-inch deep and 3 inches wide. Larger stemware may require a deeper channel. Consider using standard channels for wine glasses in one section and larger channels for pilsner glasses in another. A router should be used to create the channel grooves. Add deeper slots on the side of your channels to make stemware removal more convenient.
Step 5: Attach channels to the framework one at a time with the screws, spacing channels properly.
Step 6: Stain or paint the rack to protect it and enhance its appearance. Select a stain or paint color that complements the area where the rack will be installed.
Step 7: If the stemware rack will be secured under a shelf or cabinet, install wooden blocks inside the cabinet or shelf to provide additional support. If the rack will be hung from the ceiling using a metal chain, secure the chain to ceiling studs. Depending on the installation location, molly bolts may be required.