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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Episode #81 - Wine Barrel Furniture Part II

Mike returned to my shop this afternoon to show off the final finish on his end table. Since the last episode, Mike has been working hard applying coats of Waterlox Original (tung oil based Sealer/Finish) and a final coat of Liberon Black Bison Fine Paste Wax.

I was fascinated with the woodburned logos on the barrel head that became the table top.

This oak barrel hails from the Tonnellerie Damy Copperage, a third generation cooperage in Meursault, France. Damy barrels receive the CTB (Centre Technique du Bois) stamp of approval guaranteeing wineries around the world that these barrels meet the highest standards of quality. Only 8 of the more than 40 cooperages in France have received CTB certification.

cooper (n.) - a craftsman who makes or repairs wooden barrels or tubs

Anatomy of a barrel:

During Mike's visit, I took the opportunity to get a few photos of the final project and it's proud owner. Awesome job Mike!

One of the greatest rewards for a woodworker is to share skills and shop space to benefit a friend. Mike, you are always welcome in my shop!


neil said...

Hey David.........that's pretty cool. Did you re-work the detail on the now table top or was that the original edge as if it were a barrel lid???

Interesting......I recognize some boat building terms.

Nice twist on woodworking....Neil

David Pruett said...

Neil -

The edge on the table top is the original detail from the barrel that was left intact. That tapered edge detail of the barrel "head" fits into the groove or "croze" cut on the inside face of the staves.

I also noticed the similarity to some familiar nautical terms. The bulge of the barrel or "bilge" allows the barrel to be easily spun on the ground to help with direction control while moving the barrel.