Recycled wine barrel

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Project by Greenman posted 01-30-2011 07:33 AM 2738 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took my inspiration from the lovely coopering and colours of an oak wine barrel I bought in the Barossa. The box has an oak spine, top and bottom with sugar gum for the sides. It is really a document box big enough for A4 papers.

The colouration on the underside of the lid is from the red wine stored in the barrel. The oak staves are encrusted with a crystalline deposit and I can get quite intoxicated just from working with this. Combined with the smell of the oak it brings another pleasure from working with wood. Perhaps I should buy my wine by the barrel and make the most of the experience!

-- Howard, South Australia

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 06:40 PM

The crystaline deposit is most likely Tartaric acid, A by product of red grapes. Some people use that as Cream of tartar when making snickerdoodle cookies. Great job, the wood looks awesome, and I love the fact that you recycled.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 07:12 PM

Living in a place called Happy Valley, I am sure that your neighbors would help you empty the barrels so
you would not have to wait so long to start the next project, but I think that you are supposed to take
the wine from the barrel a very precise moment and put it in bottles, (as an apprentice vintner, I do not
know just when) so this could create a somewhat interesting diversion from woodworking. Was the lid
made from the bottom, top or sides of the barrel, and have you considered making a curved box from the
sides? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 11:04 PM

I would love to see this very wine-barrel-originating bookcase used in a church to store a bible =D

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 12:21 AM

I like it .. well done

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 09:23 AM

This was made from curved barrel staves with the spine left curved but the top and bottoms resawn into straight lengths and jointed together.

And yes I’m also making an oak chest using the coopered staves for a curved lid and again the sides and ends using resawn timber.

-- Howard, South Australia

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#6 posted 06-09-2012 10:40 AM

this is a very nice box. but i see many boxes on here with metal hinge ,s which do not do the wood or the time it takes you to build a really nice box. try making some long wooden hinges yes it takes a bit longer but it is worth it. a tuter once told me a five minute job normaly looks like a five minute job keep up the good work

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#7 posted 10-31-2015 08:51 AM

I really do like the character of this box and it’s great to know that it came from a wine barrel. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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