Cabernet Garden Bench

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Project by bfd posted 06-05-2009 11:55 PM 4943 views 26 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I temporarily put my workbench project on hold to take a commission project. The client came to me asking to build a bench similar to one that they saw in a newspaper article. The Client loved the idea of furniture made from used wine barrel staves. Modifying the design from the inspiration piece I came up with this design. The piece is made entirely from qtr sawn whit oak wine staves. I was careful to preserve the beautiful red wine patina that had stained the interior surfaces. There were several challenges along the way the biggest issue I faced was the obvious that nothing was flat or square. Every piece of wood is curved in two directions and had coopered edges. I ended up doing more hand work then I anticipated but that kept it fun & interesting. Being a wine lover my favorite part of working on this project was the smell of the wood when it was being cut. The aroma was like sniffing a nice glass of aged Cabernet.

Dimensions: 14”d x 36”w x 18”h ( at center of bench)
Finish: Spar Varnish (Satin)

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#1 posted 06-06-2009 12:22 AM

This is fantastic, love it :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 06-06-2009 12:29 AM

Great design , very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#3 posted 06-06-2009 12:39 AM

This should age nicely… couldn’t resist. A gem of a design must keep a look out for a barrel now. Thanks for posting Blkcherry

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#4 posted 06-06-2009 12:49 AM

Looks great Brian! I’ve wanted to fool around with barrel staves for a while. There is something wonderful about their functional curve.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#5 posted 06-06-2009 01:25 AM

Nice stuff Brian. This should be a nice project for those who come in asking what to do with wine barrels.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 06-06-2009 01:27 AM

Super design, good build,great job


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#7 posted 06-06-2009 02:14 AM

Brian I love this!!! the design is very nice…since you saw something similar in the newpaper i hope you wont mind if i borrow some design ideas…i have only worked with the barrel heads so far…but I have a few staves…i may have enough to do something similar…

the only straight wood is inthe barrel head or lid…so the staves to represent some challenges…you came up with great solutions…

do you know what winery the barrel was from…sometimes the “label” on the top is stamped or burned in…and that can be a nice feature to incorporate…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 06-06-2009 02:41 AM

Nicely done.

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#9 posted 06-06-2009 02:55 AM

Great Job.
I really like the outcome here.
Keep up the great work.

-- R

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#10 posted 06-06-2009 02:55 AM

That is really cool. Living in Virginia, I ought to be able to find some old wine barrels at some point in time. I will have to keep my eyes out. My wife will never understand why I want on, but we will keep that a surprise.

I am about to build a steam bending setup also, and this would be something good to try it out with.

Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#11 posted 06-06-2009 02:57 AM

A great looking creation. I was thinking of Napaman when I say it. I’m glad he found this bench.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 06-06-2009 03:30 AM

Very nice! Not something we see every day, so I’m sure it will be treasured for a very long time. Does it flex much when sat on?

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#13 posted 06-06-2009 05:38 AM

Good reuse of wine barrels and nice flowing design.

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#14 posted 06-06-2009 05:47 AM

So. Where does one get the wine barrels?

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#15 posted 06-06-2009 05:57 AM

Hey neighbor… once again, you’ve done a stunning piece. That’s quite a portfolio you’ve got.

-- tim hill

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