Second Best Use For A Wine Barrel…

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Project by Cater posted 09-13-2013 02:16 AM 983 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are a lot of reasons it doesn’t hurt to live just a few short miles from the heart of the California wine country. In our area you can find wine barrels widely available on craigslist and a variety of other places. I however didn’t need to go that route because even luckier for me, I have a shirt-tail relative who is the general manager of a Napa Valley winery and he lets me get barrels anytime. The downside to this it that usually the barrels were just drained of their wine and quite wet. They not only make my garage smell like a winery (not a bad thing), but weigh more than your mother-in-law. In Northern Cal you rarely pay more than $35-$45 for a quality barrel, which isn’t a bad price considering that the winemakers often pay in excess of $1,000 for that barrel, depending on where the oak came from and where the barrel was made, French oak barrels being the most expensive. This table was not a highly technical project, but for some reason it seems to have a high wow factor. I think people like it because it is easily recognizable as coming from a wine barrel. I stained it with a medium oak stain and used a wipe-on finish which I rubbed out with orange oil.

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 03:03 PM

This is a unique design. I have seen the adirondack chairs and the centerpiece candle holders made out of barrels. This piece is different and definitely useful!!

Great job on the finish!!

It’s always nice to have that connection for the barrels. There is no way I could get used barrels even for $45 down here in So Cal.

Thanks again,


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#2 posted 09-13-2013 07:13 PM

Great looking table, and great story on how you obtained the wine barrels! Certainly a great conversation starter!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 12:47 AM

great looking table. The top is real nice. I also like the metal stringers.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 02:49 PM

No way I could find barrels for even double that cost. Way to make good use of a resource though, this table definitely has the wow factor you’re talking about :)

-- If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed. - Ecclesiastes 10:10

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#5 posted 09-14-2013 02:59 PM

Very unusual and nice design.

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 09-17-2013 04:46 PM

Great looking and interesting table! Like the use of the wine barrels combined with the metal stringers. It will last many more lifetimes, a great heirloom piece for sure.

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