Purchased this wine barrel from a local winery for about $50! Took it home and the work began

Used a jig saw to form a door…

Removed said door and began to wargame how to hinge it…

This turned out to be very tricky and required a lot of trial and error. Initially I used too small hinges which quickly fell off from the weight of the heavy door

I next installed larger industrial sized hinges which supported the weight but required me to etch out a larger space near where it swings out

I left the original plug in place and secured it with some industrial strength glue and then secured a small security latch to keep the door shut securely

And the finished product!