Wine barrel adirondack chair

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Project by Rugger_Bruce posted 06-12-2013 07:47 AM 8987 views 17 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got around to making the chair. I bought some white wine barrels (taken apart) and plans on-line. The plans were promoted as “complete”, you have a lot of work to do in figuring this thing out yourself. The curvature of the staves presents its own challenge. I have approx $110 in one chair ($10-materials, $100-shipping on barrel, barrel-free) and about 6-hrs of labor. Still trying to settle on a finish that will stand up to the humid North-Alabama summers. The chair was easy to assemble. I clamped everything up prior to drilling and screwing any holes. That helped on eliminating the mistakes.

I’ll be making another chair over the next long weekend as well as two foot stools. I bought 3-barrels with hopes of making 4-chairs, but it isn’t going to work out. I still want to incorporate the fancy glass holder cut out in the arm for a wine glass…

These will be an awsome addition to the outdoor fireplace I built last summer (other picture)... Can’t wait to enjoy both.

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 08:08 AM

This is a GREAT design and build. A very graceful looking chair with all the curved wood. Excellent build!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 11:52 AM

Sweet Home Alabama—————That is a real nice chair and great setting to use it! Instead of a hole in the arm ( that will take away from the rusticness, I think), make a matching table!!................Jim

ps. That is one great fireplace you built!!!!!!!!!!!

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 11:58 AM

Wow! Check that out! First time I ever saw one built from a wine barrel. Love all the curves, gives it a nice look. Fantastic job!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 12:19 PM

That is a really good looking chair and I am with Woodshaver all the curves give it a nice look…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 12:22 PM

A wonderful design and well done. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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#6 posted 06-12-2013 01:15 PM

Thats awesome, I gotta be on the lookout for a barrel or two.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#7 posted 06-12-2013 02:00 PM

Where did you score the barrels at that price? I’d definitely be making these like crazy if I could score the deal you did!

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#8 posted 06-12-2013 02:18 PM

Really nice chair. Most wine barrels are made from white oak, which should survive well in your area.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#9 posted 06-12-2013 03:06 PM

Thank you all for the great compliments…

Resources for the chair (I have no affiliation with either of them):
Barrels (taken apart and shipped) can be obtained from:

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#10 posted 06-12-2013 05:56 PM

Now that looks comfy. Place it in the shade on a slightly breezy day and sit and have a cold one. NICE

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#11 posted 06-12-2013 06:23 PM

Very nice idea.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#12 posted 06-12-2013 08:42 PM

That’s pretty awesome.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#13 posted 06-12-2013 11:28 PM

I love it! Very innovative and looks very comfortable.

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#14 posted 06-13-2013 12:25 AM

Thanks Bruce,

I’ve seen one at a friend’s winery, but I didn’t observe how it was all put together.

Great job!!!

-- "All good stories cost you blood or money" - Pat Finney

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#15 posted 06-13-2013 04:40 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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