Wine barrel coffee table

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Project by Alex Pottratz posted 12-05-2017 05:11 PM 565 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made for a friends husband as a birthday present. The wine barrel came from a local brewery. This was a co-project with my dad fellow lumberjock Pottz.

I started the project by soaking the inside for the Barrel for several days with regular water from the hose. Once the barrel was fully soaked I used 5/8 hexagonal self sinking screws to hold the bands in place (The barrel will shrink over time and try to warp) Then the barrel was cut in half using a metal grinder.Then held together with calms to keep the shape. Using white oak the legs and top were traced out with card board to find the perfect shape. After laminating two pieces of white oak. They were taken to a bandsaw then a sander to become the perfect shape. The top was make from 3 pieces of aprox 1×10 white oak. The top was assembled with a piano hinge as well as a chain. The legs and top were stained using a kona stain. Then covered with a spray on clear coat. (No stain on the barrel)

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 05:27 PM

so alex nice table looks familiar? what kind of wood did you use for the top and base?what finish did you use?what are your dimensions on this?what hardware was used?how was the barrel assembled so it wouldnt fall apart?more info would be great!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Alex Pottratz

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 10:03 PM

@pottz done

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#3 posted 12-05-2017 11:37 PM

@pottz done

- Alex Pottratz

now thats what im talkin about!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#4 posted 12-05-2017 11:50 PM

Great looking table…
Another option is cutting doors in the end panels. I did it this way so i would not have to take stuff off the top when i wanted to access things inside. I made this back in 1969

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#5 posted 12-06-2017 03:01 AM

Heeeey … another masterpiece!

I wondered what the black section was all about, then realised you had masked up the staves to blacken the bands

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 12-06-2017 03:17 AM

That came our pretty nice. Does it still smell like whiskey when your open it?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 12-06-2017 07:44 AM

Beautiful work – I like everything made of barrel.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 12-06-2017 02:01 PM

That came out very very nice !

I would suggest (and it’s only my opinion) switching out that chain for a set of hatch lifts (like off the tailgate window of a suburban)

I just see a nightmare of that top falling onto a kid or someones hands.

Besides that I will be stealing your ideas and building one of these in the very near future.

-- Gary, Texas "That’s just my $.02 and I have no personal experience so take it with a grain of salt ;-P, HokieKen"

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Alex Pottratz

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#9 posted 12-06-2017 05:05 PM

Greg that’s actually a pretty cool idea, maybe on the next one I’ll give that a shot

Thanks Robert!

Swirt no this was a wine barrel but it only had a slight hint left over after soaking it with water. I have another barrel project I’ll be posting in a couple days from a whiskey barrel. That one still has a strong odor that has stuck around for a good while.

Majuvia thank you!

Double G469 thank you! I know what you are talking about but I wasn’t able to find one in my area

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#10 posted 12-07-2017 05:48 AM

Beautiful. I’ve always admired those oak barrel tables. Wish I room for one in my Man Cave.

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