|Project by Cater||posted 09-13-2013 02:16 AM||863 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
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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