My first Adirondack Chair out of a wine barrel.

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Project by moonrox posted 01-24-2014 09:19 AM 2614 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to tackle making a Adirondack chair from a wine barrel. My biggest challenges were sanding the pickets so that they were smooth and not burned. (Since the wood is already burned once you don’t want to re-burn it)

I did not want to buy any plans but I did see a couple of videos and I printed the lumberjocks versions for comparison.

I need to stain it and put a coat of polyurethane on it but it sits well and is sturdy.

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 10:45 AM

Great use of the barrel. I really like the look from the back. Did you give any thought to incorporate the barrels steel rings io the chair. I have a whiskey barrel apart and drying now. Have been waiting to be inspired. Thanks for the inspiration. Be sure to add photos when you are done with the finish.

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 01:00 PM

Beautiful chair! Good thinking to use the barrels natural curves. Don’t know if I’d stain it though….maybe just rub it with an oil – BLO or Tung to protect it in the weather and make the grains pop.
Do we smell wine while sitting?

-- Tim Harrelson

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#4 posted 01-24-2014 02:49 PM

very clever. nic job

-- Stevo

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 03:04 PM

Very cool.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 05:08 PM

Nice use. The backs of the arms look high in relation to
the sloping seat. Do they feel right?

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#7 posted 01-24-2014 05:18 PM

The arms look a little high but they feel right to me. The arms are based on the placement of the arm bar on the back and that would be adjusted to your comfort level as long as you plan ahead. The back is the hardest part because you need 1 bar to support the back lower and the arms and has to level across a complex curved object. I will spend more time on the back for the next chair and I would lower the arm bar slightly to accomplish this. I am going to post the dimensions I used as I think is a crime to charge for plans.

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#8 posted 01-24-2014 05:20 PM

I do not smell any wine sitting but the barrels have not been in use for at least a year.

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#9 posted 01-24-2014 05:23 PM

This project turned out nicely and I like the design and the use of salvaged wood from barrel.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 01-24-2014 05:48 PM

Beautiful. I especially like how the curves of the staves make the design so much more attractive. Almost elegant.

Best – Gary

The darkest hour in any man’s life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.—Horace Greely

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#11 posted 01-24-2014 07:26 PM

I wanna do the same, but with bourbon barrels…...cause hey they smell better! I have a Makers Mark barrel in my living room as an end table. For a while I had the aroma of bourbon coming out.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#12 posted 01-25-2014 08:45 PM

That’s too cool!

I’ve made planters out of well used 1/2 whiskey barrels, and when drilling the drain holes in the ends w/ a 1” hole saw it smells WONDERFUL!! I liked it so much I did 14 planters more with each bottom looking like Swiss cheese!

(Who BTW lives in wine country.)

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#13 posted 01-29-2014 02:52 PM

Awesome chair! Like the look of old wine barrels, very cool. Great build, you incorporated very well the curves to the design. Great job!

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