Napa Wine Barrel Lazy Suzan

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Project by Napaman posted 05-02-2011 03:30 AM 5710 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the top end of a used wine barrel—-stained with red wine (cabernet?) that I made into a Lazy Susan for my secretary…I was a bit late (last weds was Secretary’s Day) but it took a little more time to break it down and then glue it back up. So I am excited to give it to Julie tomorrow!

The barrel pieces are joined differently, but to use them for wood working you have to pull them apart first—-then re-glue them up…otherwise they would not stay together…I have seen some joined with metal pins (so be careful before you saw them up!!!), others with dowels…these were just pulled together and held with grooves down their edges (this is just for the barrel tops/bottoms)...The staves have nothing joining them—-just pulled together with metal straps and I guess as long as they are wet they stay wine-tight…?

The hardest part of the glue up was that it was ROUND…and I put on the first few clamps and ran into trouble with the ends of the pieces…but it came out and is strong. I need to get a strap clamp for the next one…

The wood is Hungarian Oak…which is really nice—-lots of character…you see lots of barrel furniture in napa that is barely sanded to keep the character…for me there is a fine balance of keeping that character—-with showing off the wood…I prefer more sanding and in this case the oak had lots of detail… The insider of the barrel (underside of lazy susan) shows the wine…and the smell is strong…I did not finish it…

There are 3 main types of oak used for the wine barrels…French Oak, American Oak, and increasingly Hungarian oak…they all make the wine taste MUCH different…there is a winery where they have each type of wood side by side—-and each year they pour the EXACT same wine into the barrels…and after a few months in those barrels the wine tastes much different.

I put 3 coast of oil on it—-Renaissance food (nuts?) oil so that Julie will be able to put food directly on it if she wants…

The winery “stamp” or engraving is for “Snow Winery” which I have never heard of…but there are HUNDREDS of wineries in the region….the wineries use the barrels for only 2-3 seasons…and then sell them off to small producers or brokers…many (sadly) become planters…

I have been wanting to build one of these for a long time ever since my friend and colleague came to my house a few years ago to make several as gifts…but I never took the time to acquire wine barrels until a month ago when I was driving home from work and saw a sign for a bunch of for sale…it was $40 for the entire used wine barrel and the guy broke them down for me in minutes because I want to make furniture out of them…

Thanks for looking!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 03:35 AM

Really cool idea, Matt!

Which oak make the best wine?


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#2 posted 05-02-2011 03:36 AM


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#3 posted 05-02-2011 04:00 AM

Great idea on recycling this wood. It has great spirit and looks beautiful

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#4 posted 05-02-2011 04:41 AM

Way to go Matt…...... lookin’ good.
Did you use regular Titebond or something else?
I have one in the corner of my shop just waiting for me to tackle, maybe this summer…..

How’s the boat building going?

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#5 posted 05-02-2011 06:12 AM

Matt: Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 05-02-2011 08:11 AM

Great idea Matt.

The only thing better would be one made from a Sonoma wine barrel. (GRIN)

Having made a portable semi-dwarf fruit orchard garden many years ago out of (16) 1/2 wine barrels, it smells WONDERFUL when sawing or drilling drain holes in the bottom with a small hole saw.

Someday I want to try working with some barrels from the JD distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee. I bet that would knock your socks off.

I bet you had a good time building this.

Over the ridge in SR.

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#7 posted 05-02-2011 11:48 AM

That is really sweet…

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#8 posted 05-02-2011 01:37 PM

Hey Matt. Nice re-use of lumber and a great gift that will surely be appreciated. Nicely done buddy!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 05-02-2011 01:57 PM

Well done. Interesting about the Hungarian Oak.

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#10 posted 05-02-2011 04:51 PM

Cool Matt.

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#11 posted 05-02-2011 05:51 PM

Nice job, Matt.


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#12 posted 05-02-2011 08:24 PM

Beautiful Matt, I bet it smells great.

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#13 posted 05-03-2011 01:17 AM

Great color. You’ll have to empty another so’s you can do it again… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 05-03-2011 04:14 AM

Mike you can really smell the wine—-especially as you cut into the wood…

Jack—-I wish the barrels were full before I got them—-but they would have cost a lot more…

THANKS EVERYONE…I gave it to Julie today and she seemed pretty happy…but now I have a few more secretaries that want one!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 05-03-2011 04:39 AM

You get what you pay for… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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