Barrel Wine Rack #1: The Sides...

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 10-27-2009 02:27 AM 5124 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sides Before Assembly

It’s been at least a day since I started a new project/blog. My buddy Eric always says that projects are meant to be started, not necessarily finished. We go wine tasting in this rather industrial winery in Alameda, CA (we’re actually members). In their wine tasting loft is a very cute wine rack made out of wine staves. I’m at least as interested in their rack as their wine (far be it from me to pass up a nice rack). While waiting for other stuff to dry (that always gets me in trouble), I decided to whip out the sides of the wine rack. Unfortunately, this involved metal, so I fired up the disc grinder and cut out some sections of barrel hoop. I’m sure this irritated the neighbors to no end, but that’s the price I’m willing to pay for my art.

Sides Assembled

It was very problematic to find staves that mated with each other, since all my staves are loose in another barrel. If anyone else (including me) wants to make one of these, I highly recommend starting with a whole barrel and marking things while it’s still assembled. My sides are a bit loosey-goosey, but I didn’t feel like going the 1024 possible combinations of stave arrangement. I drilled the hoops and screwed it all together. It’s really easy for the hoop to get off track. I also tried to keep the groove for the top/bottom lined up. As I said, it’s almost impossible to do it once it’s been disassembled.


The top and bottom shelves are the top and bottom of the wine barrel, so I glued them up (they were falling apart) and I will trim them to be the same width as the sides. The intermediate”shelves” are wine staves cut to the length as the top/bottom.

I forgot to mention that I’m not treating this wood in any way. I want that antique barrel look. Since our barrels had been sitting out in a field for who knows how long, all I did was quick-sand to 80 grit to get the crud off. Some meduallary ray flake from the oak is showing, some stains from the other hoop locations, some sunburn, etc. This will eventually sit where the Ikea wine rack was for what seemed like an eternity. Our clock project may sit on top when both are finished.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 10-27-2009 03:14 AM

I also prefer to check out a good rack when I go wine tasting and living in Napa I have seen a lot of good racks…

SInce I have a desire to use some wine barrels I will be watching to see how this one goes…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 10-27-2009 03:46 PM

Hey, I’ve got one of those started too. Somewhere around here.

-- ED

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#3 posted 10-27-2009 07:35 PM

Interesting blog

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 11-07-2009 02:02 AM

I have the same issues when I make the centerpiece baskets. I was spending more time matching up staves than I was working on the project. Now, when I get a new barrel, I number the ends of the staves with a pencil A1, A2, A3 etc. Each barrel I get has a different letter, so that if I have left over staves from different barrels, they don’t get mixed up.

The barrel heads can be tricky to glue up. Some are tongue and groove joints, some have wood dowel pins, others have metal pins. By the time you take them apart and them glue them back up, it is a big mess. They don’t always want to come apart nicely.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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