Reclaimed Wine Crate Table

Recently a friend of ours showed up at our house with his parents’ truck.  Inside were a bunch of wine crates that had served their purpose of protecting the wine bottles during shipping and had been headed for the trash.   He figured I might like to make them into something.  Would I ever!  All of the crates are different in size and shape.  Some are a little beat up and some are really works of art with designs and stories burned into the wood.   You will be seeing many of them on here very soon.

So for our first wine crate project I present to you this side table.  The crate is from the Chateau Montelena Winery in Napa Valley and once held a nice little cabernet sauvignon.   I have finished it with a clear coat of Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey for protection from wear and tear.   Then I attached a set of legs that have been stained to match the burned wood wording and designs.

The things that really caught my eye about this crate was the intricate design burned into the top.  I love the look of the old building with the ivy crawling up it.


This crate was meant for storage originally which also is a good feature to have in a table.   The lid is made to hinge without any, well, hinges.  It keeps the outside lines smooth but makes the table an ideal place to throw things when you are having guests over and have no time to straighten up.


It would also be a great place to you know, put down a glass of wine.   This table is currently for sale over in my shop so click here to check it out. (UPDATE: The wine table is sold!)


  1. Winepine

    Gorgeous! Montellana is my favorite wine crate too! Did you finish it with polyurethane to prevent scuffs/warping?

    1. The Ridiculous Redhead (Post author)

      Yes I finished it with Polywhey which is my go to ecofriendly clear coat.

  2. Ralph Hagan

    Nice idea, I think I should also grab one.

  3. eclecticdeb

    How did you attach the legs to the crate?

    1. The Ridiculous Redhead (Post author)

      To attach I used these brackets that attach to the bottom of the box. The legs then screw in. I put small blocks of wood inside the box at the corners so there was more to screw the brackets into. Thanks!


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