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Wine Barrel Stave Wine Rack

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Wine Barrel Stave Rack

Hello All Things Thrifty readers!  We are so happy to be back!!  Such a treat being part of this community.  We have some new things to share, for sure.

As caterers and designers, we love our wine barrels over here at Zest it Up!  They are both utilitarian, beautiful, and can mean fabulous wine…pretty much a trifecta in my book.  We use them as cocktail tables, wedding cake displays, and supports for old doors that function as impromptu bars.  Not too shabby.  That is unless you are naughty like us, and forget to seal the barrels.  We were so crestfallen when the first one started to wobble.  Next thing you know, rings began falling to the ground.  At last we were left with a pile of rubble thanks to the incredibly shrinking staves!

Obviously, this could have meant a run to the dump.  However, for a couple of die-hard dumpster divers like ourselves, we saw only opportunity.  Goody-goody-gum-drops, we now had gorgeous hardwood with earthy wine stains.  It was time to get creating!  The first project I tackled was a wine stave bench.  It turned out so gorgeous, that Sam and I decided to conquer another project.  My beautiful sister just happens to be getting married this weekend. Since she is a wine rep, she has boxes and boxes of wine stacked in the corner of her house.  Sam and I decided to build her a legit wine rack for an heirloom worthy wedding gift.  When I say legit, I mean this baby will hold 25 bottles of wine.  Check it out!



13 wine staves (1 is for cutting and using for support pieces)

two 1″x1″ pieces of lumber

1 3/4″ or 1 1/2″ wood screws

wood stain


chop saw

sander (optional, if you want to smooth your piece out)

First step was to separate out the staves and “assign” them duties.




Only four staves are shown for the shelving, but I wound up using six because I wanted three shelves for extra storage space.

I decided to start with the top, so I grabbed the two largest staves (and oh was I loving the hole from where the wine cork once lived!)  Flipping them upside down and laying them side-by-side, I measured out an extra stave to cut for supports.


Using my wood screws, I attached the small support pieces to the underneath…giving me a solid top.



Now it’s time to attach some legs!  I decided to cut a couple of extra support pieces and place them towards the ends, so that I had something to attach the legs into (this kept me from marring the top with screw heads showing).


It helps to hold up a “leg” to see how far in you want your legs to be attached.

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