I've never met a wine/ whiskey barrel I didn't like. Regardless of size or the amount of filth, I cannot refuse their rustic, yet functional charm. I think it's the combination of many things I hold dear: old wood, old metal, wine and whiskey. They even smell good.
My sister volunteers at a maker space and they had barrel materials taking up valuable square footage for years. I squealed with joy when she delivered them to me.
After researching projects that others have done with the materials, and knowing my own limits when it comes to building furniture (I can't), I opted to make some Lazy Susans.
I'd like to take a moment to point out how "Susan" seems to take a lot of garbage from pop culture in the past. From "Run Around Suzie" to "Lazy Susans" to "Black Eyed Susans" it's just alarming. I've taken to calling these things by new names.
Ok, rant over.
I noticed that the lids I had were falling apart, so I used Titebond II wood glue between every wood slat.
Then I cut some small runners to hide underneath the Lazy Larry (cough), securing the slats, going the opposite direction. I bought a steel swivel turntable online and attached it to a second piece of wood I used as a base, and the barrel lid.
My main concerns were, 1. will the lid stay together? and 2. will the Lazy Larry have a low enough center of gravity to prevent tipping?
The end results turned out pretty well. They certainly look amazing. I gave them to several friends with the caveat that they're inherently tippy and I'm sorry. No one seemed to mind.
I make stuff and put it in my house, on my kids or out in the garden. Here are some of my projects.