Storing wine in barrels, oak barrels specifically, affect the aging process of wine, resulting in an oak flavor to the wine. Storing the wine barrels can be a daunting task for those who are just entering the world of making wines. Thankfully there are a few methods for building wine barrel racks which require very little carpentry talent. A common set-up for racking barrels requires construction lumber, and holds four 30-gallon barrels.
Things You'll Need
4 pine boards, 4-inch-by-4-inch-by-72-inch
4 pine boards, 2-inch-by-4-inch-by-35-inch
2 plywood sheets, 35-by-54-inch-by-3/4-inch
2 pine boards, 2-inch-by-6-inch-by-71-inch
40 wood screws, 3-inch
Lay two 4-inch-by-4-inch boards flat, parallel and 28 inches apart. Screw a 2-by-4 board at the ends of these two boards perpendicularly. The 35-inch edge of the 2-by-4 should be flush with the ends of the 4-by-4 boards. Screw another 2-by-4 board so it is 26 1/2 inches away from, and parallel with, the first 2-by-4 board. Repeat this process with the other two 4-by-4, and 2-by-4 boards.
Stand both sets of 4-by-4s on end so the edge of the bottom two 2-by-4 boards are laying on edge on the floor. The 2-by-4 boards must be between the two sets of 4-by-4s. Space the two sets of 4-by-4s 51-inches apart. Screw one 35-inch side of the plywood to one 2-by-4 board that is closest to the floor, and the other 35-inch side to the other 2-by-4 board that is closest to the floor. The barrels will lay on their side next to each other on the plywood. Screw your last sheet of plywood to the 2-by-4 boards that are above the first to complete the shelves.
Screw your 71-inch boards perpendicularly to the top of the rack to provide support. One board should be on the front, and one should be on the back. The 71-inch edge should be flush with the top of the 4-by-4 boards, and the sides of the 4-by-4 boards should be flush with the ends of the 71-inch board.
It helps to drill pilot holes, slightly smaller than screw width, before attaching boards with screws. This job will go faster and more easily with two people.