When the wire reel on a MIG welding machine runs out, there is nothing left but an empty skeleton. This is usually nothing more than garbage, but its symmetrical form sparks the imagination, compelling the user to find some other use for it. Aker Yards Helsinki shipyard did not send one empty wire reel for metal recycling, but instead welded it into something every home has a use for: a wine rack. Anyone can weld together such a wine rack using, for example, an empty Kempact wire reel.

Building the wine rack begins when the wire reel runs out. Install a new reel and save the empty reel. You can continue welding with the same welding machine whose reel was changed. In this case we are using a Kempact™ MIG 2530 welding machine, which is suitable for both hobby use and in workshops and light industry.

To weld the rack you can use 0.6-1 mm additive wire and pure carbon dioxide or an Argon/CO2 gas mix, with 8-25% CO2.

Even though two types of wire reels can be used on the ™ MIG 2530 machine, for our purposes, the larger or 15 kg reel with 300 mm diameter will be used. This will serve as the key part of the wine rack – the bottle slots.

The braces on each side also function as carrying handles. In this case they are made out of 8 mm steel axle rods, each with a length of 740 mm. The rods are bent into curves at the halfway point using a 90 mm torque tube. If necessary, use a blowtorch to make bending easier.

The curved legs for the rack are made of flat bar. For our model the leg thickness is 3 mm, width 20 mm and length 460 mm, but other types of flat bar you might find on a workshop floor are also perfectly acceptable. Measurements do not need to be overly precise. Bend the legs into a gentle curve using a torque tube and, if necessary, using a blowtorch.

For our model, the feet to be placed under the legs are made with the round discs punched out of sheet metal, but any small metal pieces can be used. For example, lots of small waste metal pieces are formed when machining sheet metal. These are excellent for this purpose.

When the side braces are welded to both the curved legs and the casing, they work together to form a solid structure, which makes the wine rack strong and keeps it from falling over, even when fully loaded with eight wine bottles.

Finishing the rack with spraypaint will give it a real design look, perfect for even the most elegant dinner party. What’s more, this wine rack is not just any old household item – it has quite a history behind it: it comes from the inside of a Kempact welding machine.