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Miners Bar Cart and Wine Rack

Miners Bar Cart and Wine Rack

Custom miners bar cart - Custom bars and furniture - Sculpture

This Bar Cart was a fun little project I built for a client who is a mining engineer and a wine connoisseur. The overall design of the cart was taken from a miner’s dump cart. When planning the design, I visited a mining museum here in Colorado to get reference material for the design. I found that actual mining carts are awkward and ugly in proportions, designed to fit as much dirt in them as possible and still be manageable.

Since I wanted the bar cart to be stylish, I took some liberties with the authenticity of the design to make it look sexy. I made the wood portions of the top, inner arch, and wine rack from ebonized oak. The rest was fabricated from mild steel stock. The base is a 3” channel, the bent arch is a 2” flat bar, and the frame around the top was fabricated from angle iron.

I picked the hook up from the tractor store and fabricated a mount to attach it to the cart. I also cut off a trailer tow kit for the D ring on the other end and fabricated the mount for that.

The wheels came from a collector that the mining museum referred me to.

I added a patina to all the steel, kind of a black and rusted color, using a Cupric Nitrate solution.  The framework is adorned with large rivets to help tell the story of how an authentic miners’ cart would be assembled.

I made the bucket out of oak and added a light Japanese finish called Shou Sugi Ban. This gives the overall bucket a lovely aged patina.

I also included a screenshot of my SketchUp drawing that I used to present the design to the client.


I'm a Colorado based Bespoke Furniture maker specializing in the design and fabrication of custom furniture and architectural elements that resemble works of art, using materials such as wood, glass, stone, and metals. The furniture I produce serves not only as practical items but also as works of art, infusing character and style into any space.

Whether you’re seeking functional furniture or distinctive art pieces, I can collaborate with you to design and build the perfect addition for your home or office.