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Edit: Wow my first Instructable was featured on the front page, thank you so much! I'm glad to be able to share our wee project with anyone that's interested. If you liked what you read and saw, please take a second to rate this Instructable.

Happy New Years everyone!

Malcolm Gill

Just before Christmas this year, I happened to be looking around an old junk yard and I noticed an old oak barrel that had been used for aging wine. I thought it would look great as a cabinet (and could act as my Christmas present this year from my parents), so I called Dad up and he agreed that it would be a good idea and a fun project over Christmas.

Before starting anything, I searched on the internet to see if I could find a basic guide to give us a few tips on how we should go about doing this. The closest thing I could find, however, were tutorials showing us how to go about turning a barrel into a rain catcher or an ice chest. As a result of this, I have decided to write this tutorial so as to give people an idea of what to expect if they wanted to do something similar.

Over the next few pages, I will outline what equipment and materials we used, what we did, and some of the problems we ran into and how we dealt with them.
madpom4 months ago

Great instructable my friend. I've been looking for something like this for months, it's exactly what I want to do with my barrel. Love the execution, and simple way you did the doors. Thanks

Pecks3336 months ago
Your instruct able inspired me to put doors on my wine barrel bar but I have my hinges on the outside, 2 to be exact, but the bottom sags. Each hinge is rated at 13lbs each. Why does the door sag and how can I fix this?
Surogat212 years ago
Весенняя Ловля карася на поплавочную удочку
fisherblog2 years ago
MossyOak172 years ago
That is a solid cabinet, looks great. I like how the top area is somewhat protective for the keyboard and screen.
Parmenion3 years ago
Brilliant. I have tons of these things! You just gave me a great winter project!
Appreciate it!
Tonnes? Can I have one please :)
Schmidty162 years ago
dude you could make this into a mini fridge and seel it for alot
haredrier3 years ago
Nice one...looks totally awesome!
bitsy1133 years ago
I found this site, look how much they are selling these for and ideas on other projects. The ones on the site say "vintage though". http://www.wineenthusiast.com/vintage-oak-barrel-wine-cabinet.asp?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=ppc&AFID=ZFRG&SRCCODE=PGGL10&gclid=CMm5jseAlK4CFVCR7QoddyolIg
foobear4 years ago
Where did you get the wine barrel?
weon (author)  foobear4 years ago
Hi, sorry for the late reply. I bought the wine barrel from a warehouse that basically sold a lot of second hand junk stuff. You can sometimes buy them from wineries too.
eiskalt4 years ago
your car is cool
weon (author)  eiskalt4 years ago
Haha thanks, it's a Morgan Aero, here's a photo of me racing it up a gravel road.
Re-design4 years ago
Excellent! Great idea and nice execution.
rghoff4 years ago
Nice barrel project! I think these 150 lb beast are to often overlooked for creative uses such as yours. Good job on your first Instructable!
sweet thanks