Wine Barrel Adirondack Chairs

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Project by fritter63 posted 09-21-2012 03:30 AM 10192 views 27 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yet another take on Adirondack Chairs made form old Wine Barrel staves.

After working out the sequence, I got assembly time down to about 2 hours per chair (we built a total of 5). However, this project is deceiving… sanding and finishing took many more hours. In the future, I’ll sand, stain, and seal all stave PRIOR to assembly. That will save a lot of time.

Rough dimensions:

staves – 37” long off the barrel
width of seat at front: 21”
depth of seat: 17”
height of seat: ~14”
back angle: ~116 degrees

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 03:50 AM

way too cool!

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#2 posted 09-21-2012 04:04 AM

I like it, it has a nice contemporary look and the colors looks delicious. Nice touch with the “cup holder”

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#3 posted 09-21-2012 05:46 AM

Nice. I sand them before I put them together. Otherwise you’ll never get in the cracks. I wish I could get the assembly down to 2 hours though. Maybe I need more practice!

-- Create something everyday.

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 12:26 PM

The chair looks great. I agree with greg48 they have a great contemporary look. very very nice!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 03:36 PM

Awesome. Love the little glass holder notch. I’ve been looking for a project to add one.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#7 posted 09-21-2012 04:56 PM

Elegant design…yours? Can’t run the pieces through a sanderor a planer…LOL! Nice use of color.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 09-21-2012 06:33 PM

Stinking awesome. Looks great.

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#9 posted 09-21-2012 08:09 PM

Beautiful project, well crafted!!!

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#10 posted 09-21-2012 08:12 PM


Sadly, no. Just copying the standard design. Lots of examples on the web, even here on LJ.

yeah, sanding is the hardest part, mostly if the insides of the barrel were heavily charred. Mine were and needed a lot of work. One we got had none or light charring and so we didn’t have to sand at all and retained the nice purple color. The Festool RO 90 was a lifesaver here, made sanding easy and dust free.

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#11 posted 09-21-2012 09:10 PM

Perfectly done! I’m too stunned to find other words to describe it !!!

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#12 posted 09-21-2012 09:41 PM

Fritter,where do you get all the barrels? nice job on the chairs you sell them when got a few made?

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#13 posted 09-21-2012 09:56 PM


we’re in wine country, so the wineries get rid of them after 3 years. You can get them cheap or with the right contacts for free sometimes. The trick is to get them before the heathens cut them in half and make planters….

We have talked about selling them, but shipping would be a lot if you’re not local.

PM me if interested.

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#14 posted 09-21-2012 10:06 PM

Those look really nice. Good job. Too bad I’m soo far from wine country; that looks like it’d be fun to work with.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#15 posted 09-21-2012 10:26 PM

I love the curves and character of the wood. The way you assembled them screams an invitation to sit for a while on the deck or patio.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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