The client wanted a table to enjoy wine and cheese around. And then he saw my cache of recycled French Oak, from a decommissioned red wine vat from Taltarni Winery in the Pyrenees Region of Victoria. Nothing else would do! The tasting table was destined for a purpose-built guest cottage and wine cellar. The design had to show off as much of the old-growth quarter-sawn French Oak grain as possible, include the original grooves around the top and bottom of the wine vat, and feature the end-grain numbering system used for assembly and reassembly of the vat.
In order to showcase the original end grain, an integrated sliding dovetail was employed in the top, and many of the original features were retained, including the groove at the top and bottom of each stave (now used for the table’s uprights to lock into the top) and one of the threaded holes for a drain cock.