Prepare the wood
For the basic version of this build you'll need 6 staves: 2 medium staves to serve as the legs and 4 small staves for the top (see end for the more build with more staves). You'll want to sand them fairly clean, then cut them to length, then finish them (using the same sanding methods and finish as the chair). Here are the cuts I used, also shown above, all of these dimensions can be modified to make your ottoman be the size you want:
- Cut 10.5" from one end of the 2 leg staves. These are the rear legs.
- Cut 8.5" from the other end of the leg staves. These are the front legs.
- Measure the total width of your top staves by lining them up together and measuring down the middle, then cut that amount off of the remaining uncut length of the leg staves. (For the pictured ottoman this came to about 10" for me.) These are the leg toppers.
- Find the middles of the top staves, and measure 7" off of either side and cut there. (So the pieces are 14" long.)
Assemble the legs
Assemble the top
Potential modificationsThere are a few ways you could modify this design:
- As mentioned during the leg assembly, you could add cross-braces for the legs for extra stability, in addition to or in place of the pocket screws. Given how little weight this will need to bear, I decided that this was unnecessary.
- Square the legs. Some other wine barrel ottomans you'll see online (these, for instance) the legs are squared, not splayed as mine are. If you want that look you'll want to cut a front stave the same length as the top ones, and use it to connect the leg assemblies before putting on the top staves, making sure everything is square. I decided this was overly complicated, because to get everything square you'd likely need to scribe the front piece to conform to the legs (or perform a bunch of jiggery-pokery during assembly), and it doesn't make the piece any more functional or attractive.