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Whiskey Barrel Furniture?

Last week I had an opportunity to work with some used wine barrel staves which was a blast mainly because it was hard wood (white oak) that I never worked with and also because it was very different approach to furniture design. This was the first one I made. Will there be more?Usually I draw up a plan and start with brand new material that I can cut in anyway, but not this time. It was like having all the puzzle pieces but I had to create a whole new picture. Before I got started I figured it would be a piece of cake, I mean how hard is it to make a chair since all the pieces are already there, ha ha. Boy, I was wrong. I totally forgot to put in consideration that not all pieces are alike in any shape, size or color. It took a little time to sort through and find all the right pieces for the project, but once I did, I was ready to begin. Wine barrel staves chair in the front yard of a house that is over 150 years old.First I started with legs and because the design was pretty similar to my Adirondack chairs, I didn’t have a lot of trouble with the measurements.  Once I got the frame standing all the other pieces just started falling into place. The Kreg jig also gave me a helping hand, like always I don’t have any plugs or visible hardware. After a few hours and a little tinkering my first chair was done. I had multiple people all sizes test out my new creation and I received 100% positive feed back. Not one person disliked a single thing about the chair. This has definitely opened a new door for me and I am ready to create more pieces using this great material.

My First Wine Barrel Staves Chair by the blacksmith's shop

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