I’m not a huge fan of how fences look, but I love using old fence wood for projects. When I spot a few planks in a salvage yard or on the side of the road, I always try to pick them up for future use. I love the way Sarah Hart Morgan has transformed this old fence wood into a chic salvaged riddling rack. It’s such a clever way to store wine bottles and create a cool piece of wall decor all in one. Great work, Sarah! — Kate
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Read more about Sarah’s salvaged riddling rack after the jump!
Time: A few hours (plus drying time for stain)
Cost: $3 (everything else was on hand)
Basic Steps: I was able to save half the time by using leftover fencing material for my Riddling Rack. My original section of fencing was 3 1/2 boards wide. I got my husband to saw off the 1/2 wide board, leaving 3 full-size boards. The 1/2 board was cut into 3 pieces to the width of the rack. Set these aside. Distress the boards if you want a distressed, old-world look. We used several different tools to distress our boards. I then measured and marked the spaces where my holes would go (7 inches between each mark down the length of each board), taking care to make sure they were even on each board. Then, using a 2 1/2 inch circle bit, I cut the holes. I then took each board that had been cut to the width of the rack and using a nail gun, attached the board to the back of the rack, covering up 1/2 the holes on each row. This is where I ran out of free wood, so I went to the hardware store and bought a 1 x 3 x 8 board of wood for $3. I cut this to the width of the rack and using the nail gun, attached these about a quarter of the way down from the first board; do this again for a total of 3 boards overlapping each board previously nailed down. This helps the bottles go in at an angle and also helps the rack hang far enough from the wall so the bottles slide into their necks for a secure fit. After everything was assembled, I sanded everything down, making sure any rough spots were sanded smooth. I then stained the entire piece. I used a mix of stains to achieve the dark color. The fence boards really soak up the stain, so I basically poured the stain on and then brushed it in. I let everything dry for about 36 hours before I hung it up with 100 lb. hangers.
Aside from trying to find a new way to use an object that might otherwise be discarded, a drill press would’ve come in handy for this project. We didn’t own a 2 1/2 inch hole drill bit but were lucky enough to borrow one from a friend. The bit sucks the life out of the drill battery, so be sure to have a backup charged and ready to go; otherwise, the project might take a little longer, as our batteries died after about 2 holes. Also, if you are lucky enough to have a drill press, you might be able to get away with doing this project even more easily. By adjusting the saw to a 45-degree angle, you don’t have to attach the extra boards on the back to achieve the angle you need to get the bottles to slide in properly. — Sarah