Napa Wine Barrel Bistro Table

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Project by Napaman posted 01-24-2021 04:14 AM 1359 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made dozens of candle holders from barrel staves, but this was my first venture into wine barrel furniture. Because of all the curves and coves of each stave this turned out to be one of my most challenging projects.

For a flair I decided to have the staves come through the top. In my next version I will just fake the though tenons…

The lower shelf turned out nice.

The table is a little fancy for the spot…I built it for our staff bathroom at my school…as a teacher we always race around campus and run all our “errands” during the passing period…so with coffee mug, photocopies and roll sheets in hand you need a spot to set stuff down.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 01-24-2021 04:24 AM

Very impressive…

-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 01-24-2021 01:37 PM

Very fancy for the spot. But still very nice.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 01-24-2021 02:34 PM

It is a beautiful table, love wine barrel staves. They are very expensive down here in whiskey country, lots of people making things out of them so the price stays high.

One thing confuses me…The four staves stick out of the top of the table. Did you eventually cut them off? If not, what are their purpose?

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 01-24-2021 04:02 PM

I like it, unusual, but functional. The curved stays really work.

It would better placed in the staff room, rather than bathroom, then everyone can utilise it.

Was the barrel full of wine when you got it

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#5 posted 01-24-2021 06:12 PM

I like it, Matt! Glad you kept the character of the wood surfaces.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-24-2021 06:13 PM

Very nice table Matt. Nice work. While the through staves may work aesthetically I’m not crazy about the functional aspect. Seem to take away from useable table top space.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 01-25-2021 03:45 PM

That table screams “DO NOT SIT ON ME”.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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