Published on July 1st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Dual Expedit Wine Storage

Materials: 4×4 and 2×4 Expedit Bookshelves

Description: I was inspired to try my hand at turning an Expedit into wine storage after seeing a couple of other projects on this site. I got two Expedits from the as-is section, then sanded/primed/painted them black.

The tedious part of this project is making the shelves. Keep in mind the cube openings are 13″ square on the front, but are 14″ deep.

For the “X” crosses, I cut two pieces to 17.25″ by 14″, then cut a notch in the center that went halfway through with a jigsaw.

For the Tic-Tac-Toe style inserts, I used the same approach of interlocking pieces. Each insert requires 4 pieces cut to 13″ by 14″. Cut notches equal to the thickness of the wood (in my case .75″) at 1/3 and 2/3 of the way along a 13″ side. The pieces should look like a thick “M”.

At the scale of my shelf you’d need 8 grid inserts times 4 pieces (32 pieces) plus 8 larger pieces for the “X” inserts.

I was lucky enough to get to a Home Depot when they weren’t busy at all, and I got a couple large sheets of wood cut to size without them charging me per cut.

As you can tell, some of my cuts didn’t yield perfectly even grids, and I may go back and fix this in the future.

Adding a lamp and some stemware holders for glasses finished it off.

~ Tim Wesley, Boston, MA

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Jules Yap

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6 Responses to Dual Expedit Wine Storage

  1. Anonymous says:

    What companies? Because google searches are all diy

  2. Anonymous says:

    There are several companies that make these inserts for the Expedit if you don’t/can’t build them yourself.

  3. Furniture says:

    That looks Really Nice!

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you haven’t glued in your grids, I suggest switching the two X pieces with two of the tic tac toe inserts. That way the imperfect cuts won’t be as obvious since the tic tac toes won’t be next to each other.

  5. jo says:

    the project is nice, but you know what they say here?
    “the one who drinks alone, dies alone”.
    so, why are you planning to have all those bottles, but so few glasses?

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