diy riddling rack | you're what the french call...

les incompetents. Pardon the Home Alone reference. But it had to be done.

I saw this in my latest Pottery Barn catalog perusal. I instantly wanted one. A riddling rack is used in champagne making. Some heavy thing about yeast and sediment and keeping it near the mouth of the bottle, which in fact, is called riddling. I decided $249 was a bit out of my "next to nothing" budget and so I set out to Google which led me to this one from Esty. That was more attainable and well it was almost my birthday. But then Handy Matty came to the rescue and said nonsense! No wife of mine shall spend a dime on something that I can whip up with no problems whatsoever with free pallet wood! Simple project! Consider it done! Something along those lines.

I sit here to tell you that this project caused him great annoyance and strife. I believe in hindsight he may have said sure just go purchase it? Maybe? But I do love the way that they turned out and well they were practically free and most of all made by hand by Matt so I think that is just the most special.

Now we just need some empty wine bottles to fill them on up (mostly). We normally drink those large magnum bottles or the boxed variety so it may take awhile. If anyone has possibly 25-30 empty wine bottles I would most appreciate it.

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  1. That Matt is so handy! They look great with the dark blue!

  2. ha matt. the overachiever. just like you :) but his is of the handy variety. did this just go in a wrong direction? le sigh. (see what i did there?)

  3. LOVE. So of course it gets me thinking. I can't send Okanagan wine to you Damn Canadian postal laws BUT empty bottles? hmmmmm. ;-)

  4. So I am most definitely the idiot that would have paid the pottery barn price! I have wanted these for awhile now, but just don't have the wall space in our current house. But I have been saving wine bottles if you would like to come to Alaska and take some home with you? haha! I love them, Matt did an awesome job....again!

  5. I like the footie flag! K, so they don't like fall out spontaneously? Why not full bottles? That is super awesome that you got Matt to do them for cheapity cheap. I bet it will look spectacular after you find your bottles. esp if you have a fun variety. What about sub beer bottles? I've got those! Might be extra classy that way.


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