I’m designing a wine cabinet that when closed looks like a steamer trunk. But I don’t know the best angle for storing wine bottles. Also, what else does such a cabinet normally hold?

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Q:

I'm designing a wine cabinet that when closed looks like a steamer trunk. But I don't know the best angle for storing wine bottles. Also, what else does such a cabinet normally hold?
—Bill Prange, Canyon Country, Calif.

A:

So long as the bottle angle keeps the cork moist, you're storing it safely, Bill. Beyond that, just keep it away from heat and direct sunlight.

As for accessories, a drawer to hold a corkscrew and towels would be handy. If your design allows, include racks or storage space for wine glasses, as we did with the wine cabinet in issue 172 (October 2006), shown above. Click here for plans and instructions to make this cabinet.