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#1 bret

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:11 PM

I have a small area in my basement between the stairs and an adjacent wall. This side of the wall has no drywall, just open studs. The other side of the same wall is drywalled. I started a rack recently there. This is the first part. Trying to make the most efficient use of a small space, I used part of the area within the wall studs. Diamond bins wouldn't really work in this spot, because I needed to use the space between the studs for the bottles, or else there wouldn't be enough room to walk through. Sorry for the less than ideal quality of the photos.

Bottom line is, it's cheap and I suspect it will be effective. I set out 2x2s from the studs to create extra space, and made the back horizontal braces about 1/4" lower than the front horizontal braces, to keep the bottles from sliding out.

On this one wall area I ended up with 3 levels, x 6 spaces between the studs, for a total of 18 bins. I figure I'll get at least the better part of 400 bottles in this area.

The next part isn't shown yet, as I just started, but deeper in this little space and to the left I'm making some more storage area.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 12:50 PM

Nice idea! FWIW, when you put Burgundy, Champagne or Hock style bottles in the racks, put the necks pointing in to keep them from wanting to slide out. I learned this the hard way!
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 10:05 AM

Good idea, Bret.
Also good idea, Hammered, on reversing the direction on those bottles... mine have slipped before too.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:59 PM

If you can find it before the scrap dealers do, lots of people are un-installing that white welded wire closet shelving. It has an L shape that makes a really nice slope for making sure round objects don't slide out of flat shelving. just trim it to width so that the lip sits ON the existing shelf, and BAM! Instant safety.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 04:45 PM

If you can find it before the scrap dealers do, lots of people are un-installing that white welded wire closet shelving. It has an L shape that makes a really nice slope for making sure round objects don't slide out of flat shelving. just trim it to width so that the lip sits ON the existing shelf, and BAM! Instant safety.



That's a good idea.

I finished the wine storage construction today. Three more wall surfaces covered in shelving. I did a little math and figured I created room for about 804 bottles. I made the front edge of each shelf about 1/4" higher than the rear, so hopefully I won't end up with bottles sliding out.

I'll try to post some pictures when I get a chance.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 06:14 PM

Nice effective use of space, have fun filling it!

Do you think it will stay cool enough in the summer?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:01 PM

Here are pictures of the rest I just finished.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:06 PM

Nice effective use of space, have fun filling it!

Do you think it will stay cool enough in the summer?



I think so. I checked the temperature recently and that area was about 65 degrees F. Summer doesn't raise the temperature there too much, from what I recall. A couple of the walls under the stairs are against the ground, below ground level, and I think that moderates the temperature pretty well.

Built mostly with scraps and leftovers; the price was right. For 804 bottles plus, I don't know what that would have cost me if I'd ordered pre-made wine storage racks, but I think I just saved a bunch of money.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:32 AM

Looking good, Bret.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:19 PM

Nice! Now fill it up! :)
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:57 PM

This Fall should bring my first harvest, so hopefully I'll be able to put some bottled wine in the cellar. At the moment, I'm using the space for bottles I've cleaned in anticipation of the harvest.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:08 AM

It'll be full before you know it!
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 05:03 PM

Looks good Bret

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 11:42 AM

Great job in utilizing existing space. I think I'll go home and walk thru the basement. I've been thinking of creating a better storage area as well.
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