Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build a Wine Box

This wine box is a great gift any wine lover will adore. What’s the best part? You can build it in an hour.


An hour or less






We all have a wine sommelier in our life (or at least someone who claims to be). The only gift I can ever think of giving these people is wine. So instead of just handing over a bottle, I dressed up the delivery with a nice box. These plans are for a simple version of a very versatile project. Build it and perfect it for the next time you need to give a nice bottle of wine as a gift.

Tools Required

  • dado stack
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw

Materials Required

  • 1/4x6 aspen (3')
  • 1x6 aspen (6')
  • Painter's tape
  • Wood glue

What It Takes

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Cost: $20
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Cutting List

Wine Box Cutting List

Project Plans

Wine Box Tech Art

*The dimensions in this article are for a specific wine bottle. Measure your bottle before you start building.

Click here for another dado stack project.

Project step-by-step (4)

Step 1

Mill parts to size

Wine Box 1

Rip the 1×6 board to 5-in. on the table saw. Cut 45-degree bevels into the board with the miter saw so the larger faces are 5-in and 13-in. Rip and crosscut the 1/4-in. board to the dimensions stated in the cutting list for the top, base (C) and handles (D).

Step 2

Cut dados and rabbets

Wine Box 2

Cut a 1/4-in. x 3/8-in. groove, 1/4-in. from one edge of the sides (A) and ends (B). Clamp a board to the table saw fence and cut a 1/4-in. rabbet into the other edge of the same parts.

Step 3

Glue together the assembly

Wine Box 3

Lay the sides (A) and ends (B) rabbet/groove face down and tape the corners together. Flip the assembly over and spread glue to the edges of the bevels and groove. Fold up the sides and ends, slip in the base (C) to the grooves and close the last end. Tape the final joint together and wipe excess glue with a damp rag

Step 4

Glue the handles to the top

Wine Box 4

Mark two lines 1-1/2 in. from both ends of the top (C). Mark two lines 3/8-in. from both ends of the handles (D). Spread glue in between the lines on the handles and clamp the handles to the top so that the outer edge is along the top part’s lines with painter’s tape. Wipe excess glue with a damp rag.

Wine Box Lede