How to Build a Wine Barrel Adirondack Chair

What You'll Need
Old Wine Barrel
Wood Finish

You can use a wine barrel to make a unique and comfortable Adirondack chair with wide seats and high backs, and arm rests on both sides. If you are a beginner in woodworking, follow these guidelines to quickly build your Adirondack chair. Keep in mind that you will have to clean the barrel and leave it to dry for at least a week before you begin construction.

Step 1 - Clean Out Your Barrel

An old wine barrel may still contain a lot of residue that can contain harmful microbes and chemicals. Before you make the first cut, thoroughly clean out the barrel. You can use wood chips to soak up any remaining wine, and then tip out the solid residue into a recycling bin or compost heap. Once this is done, fill your barrel with water, and leave in direct sunlight for a week or more.

Step 2 - Cut the Barrel

The next step is to cut the barrel. Remove the tops and bottoms of your barrel, and then saw through the wood rings. You can make this simpler by just taking off the metal staves. Once these are gone the wood will probably just collapse anyway. Decide how long you want the seat to be, and cut this piece first. You can then cut a larger piece for the back. If the wood panels stay together during this process, all to the good, but if they fall apart, then you can nail them back into shape using a strip of wood and some nails or screws.

Step 3 - Make the Chair

Get your seat, and place two strips of the remaining barrel wood across the back of it, one strip at either end. You can double-up on the strips if you have enough wood left. Cut these strips slightly larger than the seat.

Next, nail a piece of the barrel upright on each side  of the front strip. Add a piece of wood extending from each of these legs at the bottom, and nail the back strip to these, leaving around 2 inches of wood to form the back legs. Then add a strip to the top of each front leg, and use another piece of wood to link these two at the back.

Nail your backrest to the seat, and then nail to the piece of wood linking the two arms. Add supports where necessary, and use decorative bolts if you desire on your wood. You can also add pieces of the stave along the back for decorative effect.