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Question about hanging wine glasses

I'm building a cabinet to match the customers Kitchen cabinets but this one needs a wine rack and place to hang glasses.

Does anyone know if there is a standard size to use for the spacing of the glasses. I'm thinking 4 1/2"

Here is a sketch what it should look like. I already had a few changes because of flaws found in the design.
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I don't know if there is a standard, but you might want to check with the client on the size of glasses they use/plan to use. Wine glasses used to be fairly standard, but in recent years the use of larger (non-standard?) glasses has come into fashion. I would think that 4 1/2" would cover it, but better be safe than sorry.

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When I do those, I measure the bases of the customers glasses to get the correct spacing.
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I did measure the glasses and I think it was 3.5" and the original plan was to have 4 rows of glasses. So I figured the 4-4.25" allowance would be good with a little extra room since the area for glasses had to be reduced to allow for 3 bottles of wine per section. Even at that I'm cutting it close for the bottles and the 4.5" fr glasses should be evenly spaced.

The cabinet is limited in size and they got the idea from a friend who has a bigger house with more room and a lot larger cabinet.
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When I do those, I measure the bases of the customers glasses to get the correct spacing.
I would think that you would want to measure the glass at the widest point. Frequently the base is smaller then the glass above.

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There may be a "rule" for the width, but if there is I'm not aware of it. Since custom is custom, measuring the glasses will satisfy those glasses, and not take into consideration of them changing glasses.

Some glasses trickle into the sizes of goblets, and with them there needs to be more space. I can't say what the "average" wine glass measures, but I work backward to figure the spacing to fit the cabinet.

I start with the glass, and usually allow 1" for the stem between the runners the base slides on. The width of those runners, and the stock width to hold them will determine how close they are to eachother when hanging. Then for each far end, I figure a half runner.

What you might do is get an idea from the client what style they will generally use, so you can get into the ballpark. A tip for the runners, if you have several to do, just make up 8' lengths (or whatever your lumber is, and cut to length as needed.

Just a tidbit of information. Back when smoking was allowed in bars, one of the drawbacks to inverted glasses was that they would accumulate a haze from the warm air/smoke rising and look dirty. Even without the smoke, they don't seem to stay clean for very long.





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C'man you explain the way I was thinking sure it fits these glasses but what if they buy new different size ones. Allowing more room side to side is fine but front to back (how many they fit in a row) is a concern also. It looks like they will have the capacity of 3 rows of 3-4 glasses depending on size. That should be fine.

Funny thing is I turned down making her cabinets because of time restraints and she is hard to deal with. I'm friends with them and I was honest with her husband from the start. Anyway they had someone else make the original cabinets but he screwed up a few things that I now have to fix plus build this. She has made two changes and I ended up in the hospital not able to work for a little more then a week. Yet it's still going ok.

The spacing of the glasses is something that was running through my head because I'm a perfectionist and there was a change midstream. If I run a question by you guys it probably is something nagging me that I'm missing something.
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Allowing more room side to side is fine but front to back (how many they fit in a row) is a concern also. It looks like they will have the capacity of 3 rows of 3-4 glasses depending on size. That should be fine.
I don't get concerned about how many will fit the depth. That dimension is fixed with what you have to work with. I wouldn't want to cram one more in...if you know what I mean. Filling up the slots can be a delicate process, as you are sliding one glass to another. So, if there is a little extra room...no big deal.






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The original plan was for 12 glasses so the how many per row was a concern only for counting the glasses I guess. There is no changing that as you say.

Hell I think 24 bottle of wine on display is crazy but that's just me.

The cabinets are only 3 years old max and she now is having me fix stuff build this for them and a painter is coming in to paint all the cabinets with a faux finish. They were natural maple with a glaze. She wanted me to tear out all the cabinet crown and change it but he talked her out of that.

Thanks for the replies I convinced now that I was on the right track.
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