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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Turn a Wine Rack into a Standing Gun Rack

Back in July when I attended Haven, a blogging conference, Home Depot gave out these wooden wine rack kits.

Well, it was a nice gift but I had a metal wine rack at home and didn't really need another one.  So, the kit sat.  For months.  Until, I began planning for Thanksgiving.  When we host Thanksgiving every other year for my in-laws, it always involves skeet shooting in our back field.

My daughter shoots competitively for an area high school team and this past year I noticed they have a standing gun rack at the range.  AND, the top of the rack looks very similar to the wine rack.  The light bulb went off!  I would turn the wine rack into a standing gun rack to use at Thanksgiving.

Here's what I started with:

The Wine Rack Kit (thanks to for the photo.  I forgot to get a before.)

I didn't need the two side pieces from the kit but I did use 6 32" pieces of 2x4s and several scrap pieces of wood for reinforcing.  I also used 2 3-inch hinges, a latch, and a simple handle.  The last two are optional.

I began by adding a scrap piece of wood to the backs of the two rack pieces.  I applied carpenter's glue to each piece before screwing them together from the back.

Next, I cut a notch in the end of 2 2x4's in order for the top rack piece to sit flush.   These were also glued before screwing the pieces together.  This was done on both ends of the 2 rack pieces.

After the sides are done, mark the inside measurements on to another 2x4, cut to length, and attach with glue and screws to the bottom of the sides.  You should have a box shape for each side of the gun rack when completed.

Stand the pieces back to back and mark where you want the hinges to go.  Attach them to the inside, between the two pieces.  It should look like them when done.

 View of the top

View of the bottom

Now, break out the wood filler and fill like crazy!

Wood filler has dried and the first coat of paint applied.  I used Rustoleum 2x Ultra spray paint in hunter green...because, you know, this green is for hunters! :)

Oops!  I almost forgot to mention!  See that wood piece across the back at the bottom of each side?  That was more scrap wood that I attached to keep the butt of the guns from slipping through.  Just cut to length and attach with screws.  It will also help reinforce the bottom structure.

Ready to see it all done and ready for use?!

I did add orange felt to the inside of the rack.  It took just one $.25 piece of felt :)

And, the handle and latch.  These are optional but they do make carrying and storing much easier.

Well, one project closer to turkey day!!  What special plans do you have?

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

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  1. Angie...your creativity just can't be contained! Your family will have so much fun in the field at Thanksgiving!

  2. You never know when inspiration will strike! What a creative use of these parts and pieces. Have fun and look good while out in the field too :-) Bwg ~~~

  3. Angie, this is amazing! It doesn't even look like it was ever a wine rack. You have some really creative ideas. I know your family is going to be so excited when they see this! Hugs, CoCo

  4. This is genius! I cant get over it! I would love for you to stop by my blog and link up! Http:// party is live now ;) Have a wonderful day, you just inspired me!


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