Pinot Noir Coffee Table

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Project by mgb_2x posted 10-26-2015 02:24 AM 3025 views 30 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend on FB send me a pic of something similar, I suppose it was a dare of sorts. Found a wine barrel on Ebay and I was off to the races. Barrel was $105 but the fare to get it to Florida was $190. The barrel is all white oak with some staves being QS. I found some flitch cut white oak at a local supplier to make the other parts. Knew enough about coopering to know I didn’t want to mess with the bands. I found two stave joints that were 180 degrees apart, marked the bands, drilled and installed a screw about a half inch off the scribed lines. Used a grinder to cut the bands.

Just took a stab at the size and shape of the other parts. Cut the legs and the top on the CNC. As you can see the top is a semi rough finish which works for me. Hinged the top for storage, heaven forbid the lid fall on anyone,. After a few weeks of rolling this around in the shop I remember why I like doing small stuff. It is one very heavy and very solid piece. I must admit my shop has never smelled as good as it has while I did this project.

My FB friend will get a table made from the other half of the barrel.

Thanks for looking

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 03:13 AM

Great job, Mike. It looks fabulous! The color looks perfect to me, how did you finish it?

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 03:27 AM

One coat Minwax Golden Oak followed by a coat of Gunstock. Finish with Home Depot’s Valspar semi-gloss from a spray can. The bands were originally galvanized, gave them a coat of Rustoleuom’s Aged Copper. Nothing special or fancy.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#3 posted 10-26-2015 10:57 AM

Very innovative Mike, I like it a lot.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 10-26-2015 12:28 PM

Just a question, how did you secure the top and bottom? My colleague has done a few and would like to do it without adding as many screws as he does now.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#5 posted 10-26-2015 01:21 PM

As you can see in one of the pics I used two door hinges to connect the top to the barrel.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#6 posted 10-26-2015 01:23 PM

looks great

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#7 posted 10-26-2015 03:25 PM

You did a wonderful looking project and I really like how it opens for storage.

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#8 posted 10-26-2015 05:48 PM

Really, really cool.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 10-26-2015 11:38 PM

OK how did you split the barrel, please describe method. Oh yea cool project!

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#10 posted 10-26-2015 11:58 PM

Very innovative, and good looking coffee table! I can see sitting around it, sipping a nice Oregon Pinot Noir!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 10-27-2015 12:24 AM

Outstanding in every way.

-- --Dale Page

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#12 posted 10-27-2015 12:49 AM

great project and reuse of a wine barrel

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 10-27-2015 02:29 AM

As I mentioned I found two stave joints that were 180 degrees apart, once the bands were secured and cut, the barrel fell apart. The staves are not glued and only held in place by the pressure created when the bands are driven into place.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#14 posted 10-27-2015 07:11 AM

Realy excellent barrel project! I like this rustic style. It would look awesome in any space.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 10-27-2015 02:25 PM

Very nice! My wife had seen a picture of one of these and wants me to make one. I wasn’t sure how to cut the barrel to keep it together, thanks for the info.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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