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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

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007





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lew

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#1 posted 1166 days ago

Really cool idea, Matt!

Which oak make the best wine?

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Napaman

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#2 posted 1166 days ago

French!!!!!!!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Chelios

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#3 posted 1166 days ago

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

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majeagle1

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#4 posted 1166 days ago

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?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Karson

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#5 posted 1166 days ago

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Woodstock

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#6 posted 1166 days ago

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.

-Dave
Over the ridge in SR.

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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degoose

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#7 posted 1165 days ago

That is really sweet…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Lenny

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#8 posted 1165 days ago

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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Jack_T

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#9 posted 1165 days ago

Well done. Interesting about the Hungarian Oak.

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shipwright

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#10 posted 1165 days ago

Cool Matt.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 1165 days ago

Nice job, Matt.

Lee

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 1165 days ago

Beautiful Matt, I bet it smells great.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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jack1

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#13 posted 1165 days ago

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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Napaman

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#14 posted 1165 days ago

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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jack1

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#15 posted 1165 days ago

You get what you pay for… ;0)

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

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