Lasers in woodworking. #7: Jim Beam anyone?

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Blog entry by degoose posted 710 days ago 2187 reads 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got a sample barrel last Friday… but only found some time this morning to engrave the three logos…

Took the barrel back down and was told that the job was more than acceptable and that it would be overnight expressed to Sydney… Now have to wait for final approval…

It looks like the initial order will be for 50 barrels …that is 150 logos… keep me busy for sure…

The barrel I got was already finished so I had to engrave through masking tape..Test below.

Here you can see the difference the tape makes to the blow back of the fumes…

The next lot of barrels will be engraved before they are finished so that any burn or fuming can be sanded off.

The radius of the barrel was fairly shallow so I could laser on the flat as such and not need to use a rotary attachment… made it a little easier… and since I have a motorised rise and fall of 280 mm there was plenty of room for the barrel under the laser head.

Even standing on its end..

Last step will be to insert the tap… and it’s off to Sydney…This barrel is made from white oak with black iron bands… the laser engraving sure stands out… subtle but in your face at the same time…

The couple in the photo are Val and Noel Sullivan, who with their son, Trevor, are the proud owners of Roll Out The Barrel Cooperage...

One of the best coopers in Australia, Noel started making barrels in 1950 at the age of 15 and started his own company 30 years ago in 1982 … and still going strong.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 710 days ago

OK. Now I really want one.

Good job!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 710 days ago

Monte…do you want a barrell of whiskey or a CNC? silly question…both I would imagine…

At first I thought those were full sized barrels..but then I realized their size when on your machine. Nice project at a 50 barrell starter.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#3 posted 710 days ago

That is a beautiful little barrel and the engraving sets it off very nicely.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 710 days ago

larry your doing a great job, im really glad to see you getting some new work with this laser, does it work on other things besides wood…...these little barrels are so very cool…keep at it mate…....proud of ya…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 710 days ago

Nice lil project…


That new toy really burns up a lot of wood… doesn’t it?

COOL work!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Sam Shakouri

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#6 posted 710 days ago

You have to have big discount from that Japanese firm that made your CNC for inspiring so many people around the world. The result of using the blue tape is very clean and beautiful.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#7 posted 710 days ago

Nice one Larry.
Good score. That’ll keep you busy.

I like the tape trick – neat.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 710 days ago

Oh yea Larry. I likes ta sip on some JimBeam. This barrel is really kool. Of coarse your lettering and detailing are outstanding, and really dresses up that fine barrell. Congrats on the order.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 710 days ago

That’s an excellent job Larry!

Congrats on scoring this one!

Here’s a small amount of whiskey knowledge for you all:

The “Angel’s Share” is the whiskey that evaporates through the barrel while the whiskey is aging.

The “Devil’s Cut” is the whiskey that gets absorbed by the barrel and usually is lost as well.

Jim Beam has figured out a way to reclaim some of the “Devil’s Cut” from the whiskey logged barrels after they drain them. This is what Larry’s barrels will hold, I am guessing.

Once again, fine job Larry!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#10 posted 710 days ago

Yet another great Lazy Larry job!! I’m definitely going to have to drop over and see this in action, Larry. You sure do seem to be having tons of fun with that Laser…..maybe you’ll have to change your name from Lazy Larry to Laser Larry!! LOL!
See you soon,

-- yesterday today was tomorrow

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#11 posted 710 days ago

Well done mate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 710 days ago

Great project Larry. You certainly have your hands full now. Best of luck with the laser.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#13 posted 710 days ago

Those kegs are beautifully constructed and of course your contribution adds a lot of class. The blue tape is always useful but I’m suprised the laser didn’t send it up in flames.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 710 days ago

Looks great Larry! You will be really busy now; building things to laser ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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matt garcia

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#15 posted 710 days ago

That is neat-o, mosquito!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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