|Project by winecountrywhimsy||posted 04-07-2009 04:14 AM||27410 views||16 times favorited||17 comments|
Here are the first two chairs I made from wine barrel staves. The one on the right was my first and it has been tweaked a few times. The chair on the left is a little more refined. These are extra big with lots of room, but I could build them smaller very easily. They get pretty heavy with the solid oak. They are super strong and should last for a long time.
On the back you may notice pieces of the wine barrel hoops. I used these to add a decorative feature that resembles a wine barrel. They also cover the wood screws used for fastening and add to the strength.
I found that it is easy to custom design the chair height, seat slant, and slant of the back to fit the user. My wife likes her’s more upright, I like mine more reclined. I am working on design that will allow for adjustment of the back, probably just a few pins and hinges should work.
The first few pictures are the finished chairs; the last two are shown without the outdoor polyurethane finish. When I first made them, the wine stain on the inside part of the stave was more prevalent, but as they sat in the sun before I finished them, it faded a bit. I was looking for a browner look, but if I put finish on them right away, they would be very interesting with a ruby red color complimented by the natural oak.
I have seen similar chairs with significant sanding and a nice finish priced at $750. I like the more natural look with less sanding. The polyurethane really brings out the natural colors and stains from the wine. I hate sanding away all that character.
From the responses I have received from neighbors and friends, I will probably make more of these.
Update 5/6/09: I picked up a gallon of marine grade varnish, I think it will hold up better. I just finished my third chair using a shorter barrel, I will post after the finish is done.
Your comments are welcome and appreciated.
Todd @ lumberjocks/winecountrywhimsy
-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA