Wine barrels are made of European and American oak and can be reused in many ways. Oak is a hard, sturdy wood that resists insect and fungal attacks because of its high tannin content. Oak is commonly used for furniture making and flooring. With a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, recycling wine barrels opens up a world of possibilities for practical uses in and around the home.
Individual panels from wine barrels can make simple and classic stave servers, cheese and cracker boards, serving trays for other appetizers, or dishes. For larger displays of wine glasses and bottles, adding hooks and shelves inside a barrel can turn it into a rustic wine cabinet, a bottle and glass holder, wine display or hanging rack for glasses and bottles.
Furniture is another popular recycled wine barrel product. Wood artists have crafted stools, high bar stools, swivel bar stools and chairs with upholstered leather. These can be custom-ordered to suit a height or comfort preference. In the area of chairs and bars, wine barrels can be turned into benches, coffee tables or a chest of drawers.
Miscellaneous Home and Garden
Some wine barrel products are made to be decorative, such as candle holders and barrel head clocks. For more practical applications around the home and garden, a wine barrel can be made into a storage bench for tools, wood planters, a dog bed or pet toy box.
The oak panels from wine barrels also fare well as wood flooring. Once the hoops have been removed from the barrels and the wood is stripped and flattened, wine barrels, with their stamps, special markings and natural stain from the colour of the wine, make for a nice touch to any hardwood floor project.
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