Whiskey barrel table

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Project by drewm873 posted 07-25-2016 01:31 AM 980 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My whiskey barrel table is finally complete. The barrel was bought from a local beer brewery that previously bought it from a bourbon distillery. So now it’s re-purposed for other things. :)

The top ledge and top are all white oak and stained with dark walnut. I don’t have a clear finish on the top yet because I can’t figure out what to do with it, or what will hold up best. The inside and outside were both heavily sanded but worth the effort.

I originally didn’t have cleats under the top but it was just too heavy and I could already start to see a sag. The whole thing weighs in around 88lbs, nice and heavy. Once I get money I’ll add some good lip supports but right now they’re not needed.

Someone has already asked to buy it but this is mine and no price tag can be put on it. I have ideas for another and that will be made to sell.

When you open the barrel you still get some great smell of whiskey in the wood. Ahhhh.

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#1 posted 07-25-2016 12:53 PM

That is very cool

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#2 posted 07-25-2016 01:42 PM

nice table

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#3 posted 07-25-2016 01:50 PM

Love it. What are the dimensions, height, width, length.

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#4 posted 07-25-2016 02:03 PM

I like it, very nice.

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#5 posted 07-25-2016 02:50 PM

nice work

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#6 posted 07-25-2016 09:38 PM

A great looking unique project! It is great that you can still smell the bourbon!

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#7 posted 07-25-2016 09:39 PM

This is such a nice project. I love the way that you have designed it and it’s done so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 07-25-2016 10:46 PM

Thanks everyone.

Jamie, It’s 17h x 27d x 37w

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#9 posted 07-26-2016 12:30 AM

That’s a great looking bourbon barrel table! I like how you incorporated the barrel into the design, and I like the walnut stain—very classy!

By the way, since you asked, wiping varnish would work well as a top coat on the table top. It’s relatively impervious to abrasion, water penetration, heat, and is generally very durable.

Just take regular oil-based polyurethane, and thin it 50% with mineral spirits. Apply it with a brush or rag, wait 3-4 minutes, and wipe off the excess. By doing this, you greatly reduce the amount of dust nibs you’ll get.

You can usually get 2 (sometimes 3) coats on per day, sanding with 320 between coats. When you’re satisfied with the finish, build, and sheen, wait 7 days, then polish with a brown paper bag, to remove any last dust nibs. The brown paper bag won’t change the sheen, but will give a nice, glass smooth finish.

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#10 posted 07-26-2016 01:16 AM

Wow, thanks Mean_Dean. I appreciate that tip on the finish, I might give this a shot. I still have learning to do with finishes but no better time to learn than now. :)

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#11 posted 07-27-2016 09:36 AM

Very cool.

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