Candle/Incense Tray (Reclaimed Larch Barrel)

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Project by coleTRNE posted 12-31-2014 01:05 PM 1321 views 9 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found this old barrel in the attic of the old Victorian house my apartment is in, guessing its from the 60’s judging by the empty whiskey bottles in it which were dated 1963. In all the one barrel made 6 trays..about 22”x 3” x 4” in dimension. Sanded 80 grit to smooth out the slats (and remove a faded waxy film on the inside) then a light light 120 sanding and to break the edges. There were some classic ‘barrel-esque’ stains from the original strapping I avoided sanding out, and tried not to rub off when applying 3 coats of water base Verathane. I cut the strapping into pieces then soaked in a 1:100 CLR/water solution for a night and lightly wire brushed the loose grit and rust before bending the metal around the slat. Strapping is held by an old screw through the overlapped metal beneath the slat. A shallow angle hole was made just beneath one slat on the tray top to insert an incense stick.

Paired it with an incense stick and loose tea lights for Xmas gifts. They seem to be a hit and a good start for my tiny workspace!

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 06:15 PM

This looks great, love the gentle curve from the barrel. Nice re-use.

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 07:38 PM

Very kewl, what a great re-purpose for this

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#3 posted 01-01-2015 03:20 AM

Very attractive project. I especially like the use of metal, it really adds to the look.

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