How to Build a Wine Box Out of Wood

By Christina Bush ; Updated September 15, 2017
A two bottle wooden wine box is a perfect gift.

A wooden wine box for two bottles makes an attractive decorative item as well as a fantastic gift. Building your own wooden wine box allows you the freedom to customize your box based on what size bottles you prefer as well as the wood selection, finish and decorative hardware. Creating your own wooden wine box is a beautiful and creative way to celebrate your love of wine. It also allows the money saved on buying a traditional store bought wine box to go towards purchasing a finer bottle of wine to be enjoyed.

Cut two pieces of 1/2-inch thick wood to 5 1/2 inches wide by 15 inches long. These create the sides of the box. Cut an additional two pieces of 1/2 inch wood to 5 1/2 inches wide by 9 inches long, to be used for the top and bottom of the box. Cut one final piece of 1/2 inch wood to 9 inches wide by 15 inches long. Saw this piece in half to create the two doors.

Cut one piece of 1/4 inch wood to 4 1/4 inches wide by 14 1/4 inches long to make a divider between the two bottle compartments. An additional piece of 1/4 inch wood 14 1/4 inches long by 8 1/2 inches wide makes the back of the box.

Rout out a groove 1/2 inch wide and 1/4 inch deep at both ends of the two side pieces of the box. These routed parts attach to the top and bottom of the box. Rout out another groove 1/4 inch wide by 1/4 inch deep along one edge of each the side pieces, top and bottom. These routed edges attach to the back of the box. Mark the center of the top and bottom pieces and rout out a 1/4 inch groove for the divider, starting from the back of the pieces and running 4 1/2 inches.

Apply glue to the grooves at the edges of the two sides and the top and bottom. Fit the pieces together and clamp securely, checking to ensure the box is square. While still clamped, nail the top and bottom to the sides with the 1/2 inch finishing nails. Prior to removing the clamps, apply glue to the grooves for the divider and slide the divider into place.

Remove the clamps when the glue is completely dry. Apply wood glue to the grooves for the back of the box and fit the back piece into place, securing it with 1/2 inch finishing nails. Use a nail punch to sink the heads of the nails into the wood. Fill the holes with wood filler and sand until the wood filler is smooth and flush with the wood..

Cut two more pieces of 1/2 inch wood by 3 inches wide and long enough to fit across each bottle compartment. Cut a slot wide enough for the neck of the bottle and deep enough so the bottle rests level. Glue the top bottle rests into place 4 1/2 inches from the top of the box.

Cut two pieces of 1/2 inch thick wood to be 1/2 inch wide and long enough to fit across each bottle compartment. Use a jigsaw or band saw to cut a rounded indentation 1/4 inch deep for the bottom of the bottle to rest upon. Glue the wood into place 2 inches from the bottom of the box.

Place the doors on the front of the box. Attach two decorative hinges to secure the doors to the box. Sand the outside of the box with 120-grit sandpaper and then 220-grit sandpaper. Attach one half of a decorative hook and latch on each door to keep the doors closed.


Based on the size and type of wine bottle that you will be placing into the wooden wine box, determine how wide, deep and tall it should be prior to beginning construction. The measurements in this article are accommodate 2 typical sized bottles of wine.


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About the Author

Christina Bush has been writing professionally since 1995. She is well-versed in multiple styles of writing, ranging from instructional to technical. Bush has been published in newspapers across the state of Ohio, including the "Columbus Dispatch," the "Ohio State Lantern" and "Toledo Press." Bush received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing and Medieval literature from The Ohio State University in 2005.