His & Hers Wine Barrel Chairs

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Project by winecountrywhimsy posted 08-07-2012 11:12 PM 5937 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest production was this His & Hers wine barrel chair set. I used a Bordeaux barrel for his chair because it is a couple inches taller than the Burgandy barrel for her chair. I used the metal barrel hoops for accents/supports on the back of his chair and wood accents/supports for her chair.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 11:53 PM

You did a wonderful job on these chairs, they really have a wonderful look about them and I bet they are very comfy

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 08-08-2012 12:44 AM

like the curves…really like the color!

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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#4 posted 08-08-2012 08:25 AM

This is great. I would have never thought of this. I have a friend that owns a vineyard who would love these. Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 10:58 AM

I have made a lot of Adirondack style chairs but these are great. I mean really great.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 08-10-2012 01:15 PM

Awesome!! All your stuff is great.

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#7 posted 08-11-2012 05:24 PM

These look great…I think I have enough staves to make a couple…

I noticed the through bolts on the front legs…but what other hardware to attach pieces throughout?

ANd what are you finishing them with—-the wine stained side can feel sticky/gummy so how do you deal with that?

Thanks…Matt (we moved from Napa :( )

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 08-17-2012 02:27 PM

Absolutely love your chairs and the accents with the barrel hoops set it off.

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#9 posted 08-23-2012 07:51 PM

Can you tell me how long you made the front legs? I’m currently building 5 and I’m not sure the height I have (20”) is enough. That’s a standard adinrondack chair leg, but with the cross member at 13”, it’s very low. Yours appear to be about twice that of the cross member. Also, what height did you do the cross member at?


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#10 posted 09-20-2012 11:28 PM

Napaman -

I use rust-proof deck screws. The majority of the fastening can be done with 1 5/8 in. screws. With a counter-sink, this is a good length for fastening two 1 in. staves without breaking through the second stave. I have been using the counter-sink and wood plugs for the visible surfaces on my last few projects and it really adds a nice finished look. I cut the plugs from scrap pieces.

In the past I have used marine varnish. It provides a good weather resistant finish is you want the shiny look. However, I have recenty switched to a product that has orange oil, beeswax and carnauba wax. The surface is not shiny and it gives a more natural look that a lot of people like. It is also way easier to apply and maintain. The varnish takes several coats with sanding between.

A note of caution. You said you have some extra staves for this project. You will want to use the staves from one barrel due to differences in length, color and curves. The curve is important so that your seat and back match. You may also be amazed to find it takes nearly an entire barrel to make a chair, specially if you make an mistake or two and have to scrap some staves.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#11 posted 09-20-2012 11:43 PM

Fritter63 -

The front legs are typically 28 in. long. You can go shorter if you like. You might want to play with that length and the hieght of the rear are support to get a preferred height and slope. I have done some where the arms are flat (parrallel to the ground) and some where they slope back.

The height of the cross member depends on the user. I typically use the stave with the bung whole and it is typically one of the widest staves. However, they can vary from 2 1/2 in. to over 4 in. wide. The through bolts are usually between 12 to 14 in. from the floor. The top of the cross member should be 1 in. lower than the desired height of the front of the seat, because the front stave of the seat overhangs the cross piece, making the seat 1 in. higher. If you make the seat too high, you can always cut down the front legs. However, if it is too low, you can’t make the legs higher at that point unless you want to make new front legs. So I tend to error on the high side and adjust if needed.

Regarding the front legs, I have made some chairs where I have left the tapered end of the front leg stave so that the tapered end is the foot of the front leg. On others, I have cut off the taper so that the front leg is flush with the floor and rounded the edges to prevent it from chipping if it is drug across the floor. The second method seems to work best.

If you want to send me your e-mail address I can send you some drawings I have done with measurements.

-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#12 posted 09-21-2012 03:17 AM

Thanks for the detailed reply Todd! I just finished mine and they’re posted HERE

I ended up with the cross member at 13”, and the leg length at 20.5”. I did a mockup with clamps to hold everything together and had my wife try it out for fit. It took 5 minutes to convince her that it wouldn’t collapse…

Will pm my email to you if I (finally) have enough posts here!

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#13 posted 09-21-2012 03:19 AM

Gratuitous post so I can fulfill bizarre post requirement for sending PMs….

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#14 posted 09-21-2012 06:02 PM

Thanks for the answers—-great details! Yes…we left Napa—-so I need a new moniker…the staves I have are from two different barrels…but your comment on color makes a lot of sense…and extra staves for mistakes (not needed HAHAHHAHAHA)...


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 10-01-2012 09:00 PM

Nice! I am in the middle of building a set myself. Even with a plan, the first one was tough! The second one is going better, thank you. I am sure if I build more I will figure out the tricks needed to make them better, and faster.

-- Denny

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