Wine Barrel Lazy Susan and Cheese Boards

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Project by Napaman posted 03-16-2009 05:10 AM 9298 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever gotten this call from a colleague a few days before Christmas: “Hey, Matt…this is Dennis…I heard you had a table saw—can I come over and make a few cuts?”

Two days later we had three cool projects and I got to share my shop and my (limited) expertise with a colleague…

The projects were to take used wine barrel tops and turn them into serving boards and a lazy susan.

Dennis (a fellow teacher and a real good person) wanted to make these real fast…but once we got into it of course its a lot more of a project when you get into the details—-although living in Napa I had never worked with used barrels…one of my goals is to make some furniture down the road but have never had the chance…

When he brought them over Dennis thought we could just cut through the wood and sand them down…the problem is the individual boards were connected with metal pins or double pointed nails…so of course we could not just run them through…we needed to separate the boards so we could re-glue them—-in their current state there were too many gaps to be used as a serving tray/cheese board…

In the end and after two days of work i think we had three pretty cool gifts—-I wish that we had more time…they could have been better…One disagreement we had (LOL) was that dennis wanted to keep them a bit rougher—-original form…and i wanted to sand them smoother…you can see this on the curved or board with a handle…—-the logo is the only place we did not sand smooth…the rest we sanded nicely…the other boards we did a light sanding…

Dennis left me with some extra staves and some extra wine barrel tops…which is why i just remembered to post this—-since I finally used one of the barrel tops for some unique wood in the pen trade…

The round project does not show the lazy susan apparatus that we screwed in the back…it was super easy to use and the wine barrel top made a perfect size…

That is definitely what I will do with one of the tops he left me with…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 03-16-2009 05:22 AM

Cool Idea, Matt!

Sometimes t is nice to have some company/help in the shop!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Bill Akins

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 01:48 PM


-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#3 posted 03-16-2009 02:50 PM

Looks nice Matt.

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#4 posted 03-16-2009 03:17 PM

Looks like they were used to store an unassuming, but vivacious red, with just a hint of oak :^D

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 03-16-2009 04:51 PM

Very nice Matt,

I’ll bet your shop had the aroma of a winery.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 03-16-2009 08:50 PM

Yes…the wood has a very strong aroma…especially when you cut into it…the picts dont show the back side…they are dark maroon…deep color…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 03-18-2009 04:11 AM

They both look pretty cheezy, and the boards look good too!

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#8 posted 02-13-2011 05:35 PM

very nice

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#9 posted 12-25-2012 10:21 PM

Never realized when DAILY TOP 3 started that it would go BACKWARDS and give the award to old projects…just going through some old projects and realizing that 2098 days later this went TOP 3!!! LOL…cool…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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