I think we all like boxed wine. You save a lot of glass bottles, it is better for the environment, and the only problem is it comes in a cardboard box. That makes them easy to transport, stack, and produce, but honestly, they are not very decorative, and you will not put them on the table.
So, I decided to make a holder for it that hopefully will make it look more decorative. After playing around with different designs, I decided to go with an open front, slightly elevated and patinated, wooden look.
I used pallet wood for the box holder, and I treated it with the traditional Japanese method of preserving wood – Shou Sugi Ban or Yakisugi 焼き杉. You burn the wood and brush it off before adding a finisher. It gives it a distinct dark, patinated and rustic look instantly.
Step 1: Disassemble a pallet and make sure there are no nails left in the boards. If you want to see how I break apart pallets, here are some videos for you:
Step 2: Plane the boards. Pallet wood often comes in different thicknesses, even from the same pallet. If you do not have a planer or a jointer plane, you can use the wood as it is. The result will look more rustic.
Step 3: Cut the pieces as shown in the video to match the measurements of your boxed wine. Also, cut some thin strips that will be used as braces on the sides and the bottom.
Step 4: Build the sides with the strips. Attach the top, bottom, and back to one of the sides. I glue all the wood together and use short brad nails to hold it together while the glue dries.
Step 5: Sand the pieces lightly.
Step 6: Burn all the sides inside and outside with a blowtorch. Give it a deep burn, so the wood turns black and charred.
Step 7: Sand the burned wood or brush it with a steel brush. Sand or brush until you reach your desired look.
Step 8: Apply stain/sealer. For indoor use, I prefer a water-based polyurethane stain. For outdoor use, I treat it with linseed oil or tung oil. You can also use wax t seal it. I have a video on making your very own beeswax waterproofing wood finish right here: