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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.

Step 1: What you will need

Here I will list all of the things we used to make our barrel, and I will give a brief outline of what some of them are used for.

Hand-held sanders
We used two different sanders, a circular one, which did most of the work, and then a smaller triangular shaped one to do the finer edges.

Two grains of paper were used, a rougher one to get most of the muck off the wood, and a finer one to give the wood a smooth finish. Make sure you get sizes that fit the sander(s) you will be using.

Wire Wool
This gets wood incredibly silky and nice looking, but it's not necessary.

Any glue that will hold metal and wood together should be fine. We used "Gorilla Glue" which seemed to work fine, but foamed all of the place, leaving us with bits that had to be sliced or sanded off. The bits we glued were two of the metal hoops (the middle two) to the staves (the planks that make up the barrel), and the staves that would make up the doors.

Hammer and short piece of wood
These were used together to tap the hoops down as far as they would go so that they were tight and even, without damaging them or the staves.

To start cutting the doors out.

To finish cutting the doors and to cut out the shelf.

To make a template for the shelf. This isn't absolutely necessary but it made it easier to get the shelf the right shape and size.

Or anything else you want to make the shelf out of.

Scrap wood
To make supports to rest the shelf on.

Danish Oil
We used this to smarten up the shelf a litte bit, so that it looked a bit better in the barrel.

Gas mask & goggles
There was a large area to sand, so a lot of sawdust was flying around. I wore a mask and goggles so I wasn't breathing it in. However, if you have a good ventilation system you might not need these.

Wheel Barrow draped in blankets/sheets
We found that if we put the barrel on its side in a wheel barrow, it was at the perfect height for working on it, and it made it handy to move around. The blankets or sheets act as padding to stop the wheel barrow from marking the wood of the barrel.

Drill & drill bits
Measuring tape

Damp cloth & warm water
Door Handles
Spirit level

Vacuum Cleaner
<p>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</p>
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?
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That is a solid cabinet, looks great. I like how the top area is somewhat protective for the keyboard and screen.
Brilliant. I have tons of these things! You just gave me a great winter project!<br>Appreciate it!<br>Cheers!<br>Dan
Tonnes? Can I have one please :)
dude you could make this into a mini fridge and seel it for alot
Nice one...looks totally awesome!
I found this site, look how much they are selling these for and ideas on other projects. The ones on the site say &quot;vintage though&quot;. http://www.wineenthusiast.com/vintage-oak-barrel-wine-cabinet.asp?utm_source=googlebase&amp;utm_medium=ppc&amp;AFID=ZFRG&amp;SRCCODE=PGGL10&amp;gclid=CMm5jseAlK4CFVCR7QoddyolIg
Where did you get the wine barrel?
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.
your car is cool
Haha thanks, it's a Morgan Aero, here's a photo of me racing it up a gravel road.
Excellent! Great idea and nice execution.
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

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