Home Improvement | 3 February 2017Make a Portable Wine Rack from a 5-Gallon Bucket Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Whether you’re going over the river and through the woods for the holidays, or you’re just visiting next door for a potluck dinner, wine is a welcome win-win refreshment to bring along. Thanks to Chris Peterson’s 5-Gallon Bucket Book, transporting bottles of wine safely just got a lot easier with his step-by-step guide to transforming a simple 5-gallon bucket into a handled, insulated portable wine rack. *Looking for alternatives to vino? Give your portable beverage rack a non-alcoholic spin by packing it with bottles of delicious lemonade, locally brewed ginger ale, sparkling cider, and fizzy flavored water. One of the big advantages to this particular wine rack is portability. It allows you to enjoy a bit of sophistication on a long camping trip or to bring the beverages for a large group sitting on the grass for a concert in the park. Of course, wine lovers love more than just red wine. If you want to bring white or sparkling wine, you can chill the bucket by adding ice in the outside cavities. In conjunction with the foam, this will chill the bottles sufficiently to be tasty and refreshing. Photo credit: 5-Gallon Bucket Book The easy-carry handle and impact-absorbing construction of a five-gallon bucket make for a perfect traveling wine rack that ensures four bottles of your favorite vino will arrive safe and sound no matter where you’re going or how rough things get on your way there. Of course, you might be the type of oenophile that prefers to keep your wine stash safe and sound at home. In that case, you can craft multiples of this rack and stack them to store your favorite vintages in the basement, garage, or other cool, dark place. Foam insulation board in the bottom of the bucket protects the bottles in either case. Each bottle is given its own cozy PVC home. This ensures that the bottles don’t smack against each other and provides ironclad protection against breakage. You can adapt the rack a bit to suit whatever wine you’ll be storing. The four tubes here are meant to accommodate both standard 750-milliliter bottles and wider bottles of sparkling wine or champagne. If you want to dedicate the rack to just white or red, you can use three-and-a-half-inch PVC pipe instead of the four-inch width specified here. That will allow you to add a pipe and increase the capacity of the rack by one bottle. You may also want to customize your rack if you want to secure the lid on top during transport (the design below allows for the necks of the bottles to stick up above the top of the bucket, making it easy to grab them). If you do want to use a lid, you’ll need to remove one layer of the bottom insulation board, so that the bottles sit lower and the top fits neatly over the rim of the bucket. No matter what you’re storing, though, if you’re keeping the wine in the same place for longer than a week, store the rack on its side to ensure the wine corks don’t dry out. Also keep the rack out of direct sunlight whenever possible. The sun’s rays can degrade the wine. That’s a good reason to paint the bucket—which is also your chance to decorate it so that it pleases the eye as much as the palette. What You’ll Need for a DIY Portable Wine Rack Time: 30 minutes | Difficulty: Easy | Expense: $ TOOLS: Table saw or hacksaw Measuring tape Sharpie Utility knife Mallet (optional, for tapping pipes down into the bucket) MATERIALS: 4″ PVC pipe (42″ section) 5-gallon bucket Sheet of 2″ foam insulation board (2×2″ or 4×8″) Expanding foam sealant How to Make a DIY Shoe Rack Cut the PVC pipe into 4 pieces 10 1/2″ long. Use the bucket bottom as a template to outline 2 equal circles out of a sheet of foam insulation board. Cut the circles out with the utility knife, cutting slightly inside the marked line. Stack the board circles in the bottom of the bucket. Photo credit: 5-Gallon Bucket Book Push the pipe sections down into the bucket in a cloverleaf pattern. Because the bucket narrows toward the bottom, you may need to tap the pipe sections down. The top edges of the pipes should be even with the top edge of the bucket, and the bottoms of the pipe should be in contact with the top foam circle. Photo credit: 5-Gallon Bucket Book Spray the expanding foam sealant down at the base of the pipes, in the spaces between the pipes. Spray only a little at a time, allowing it to fully expand before spraying more and holding the pipes down in the bucket as necessary. Spray in enough sealant to fill about 2″ of each space. Repeat with each cavity. The pressure created by the sealant between the pipes and the bucket surface will hold the pipes in place. Alternative: If the pipes squeeze up before you can spray the cavities with the expanding foam, you’ll need to secure them in place. To do this, secure the lid on the bucket over the pipes and drill 1″ holes over the cavities between the pipes. Use the holes to spray the expanding foam sealant into the cavities between the pipes, working slowly and carefully. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: About 5-Gallon Bucket Book: Why just reuse a bucket when you can reinvent it? Five-gallon buckets are ubiquitous and cheap (indeed, they are often free). But did you know they can also be hacked, hot-rodded, reengineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, small-scale farmers, and preppers? 5-Gallon Bucket Book contains 60+ ideas that put these humble and hard-working mainstays to work past their prime and keep them out of landfills. Simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects, make sure you will have fun and love the results of your work. Projects include perfect additions to your yard and garden, tools to care for your animals, useful innovations, handy home helpers, and even family-oriented designs! They range from simple things such as chicken feeders to much more complex projects (small room air conditioner, anyone?). For anyone who doesn’t already have fifteen of them cluttering up the garage, 5-Gallon Bucket Book also offers advice on where to get cheap and free buckets and how to tell if a bucket is safe to use for food. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.