Wine Barrels into Pens

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Project by JohnGreco posted 11-15-2011 05:20 PM 1781 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A customer of mine had made some wine with a few clients of his last year and was interested in getting the wine barrel slats made into pens for them. The wine really didn’t penetrate the wood very much (I thought it would be much more than it was, it went well less than 1/16” in), so I had to drill the holes close to the wine stain. It was a bit tricky with the curves of the wood, but I really like how these turned out. The pen fronts are varied thickness depending on how much material I was able to remove while keeping the stain there.

Some have more stain than others, and 1 of the 8 has none at all :( These are mounted on 7mm tubes, I wanted to be sure a kit was used that had a 3/8” tube or smaller just to be sure there was enough wood to turn properly. Although the curve of the wine barrel was minimal by the time the blanks were cut from it, it was still there and could easily be seen in each blank.

My customer was kind enough to let me keep the leftover wood (these used 1 slat, I have another 5 left), so I’ll be making some other ones later this year.

Thanks for looking.

-- John

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 05:28 PM

nice work, wish i had some of that wood

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 05:58 PM

When the wood has a history the project has extra meaning. I’m sure the new owners will really appreciate their pens.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 12:38 AM

I’d have done that with really old barrels really impregnated by years of nursing fine liquors…
The idea is nice though.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 02:31 AM

In this part of the country, you will find Jack Daniels barrels cut in half and used for planters. I think the pen idea is much better!

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