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Whiskey Barrel Stave Reception Desk

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Project by JosephWasHere posted 699 days ago 2894 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a reception desk I built out of whiskey barrel staves for a local whiskey distillery.

Formica counter top and the base/trim is painted spruce.

-- Joseph, Piedmont SC, http://www.josephwooddesign.com





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#1 posted 698 days ago

Very nice.
And welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#2 posted 698 days ago

Wow! Impressive!

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#3 posted 698 days ago

Unique reception desk – god job !

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#4 posted 698 days ago

Sharp looking to say the least!

Wellcome to LJ’s!

Tony

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#5 posted 698 days ago

Nice design and beautiful execution ! I have done a few projects with whiskey barrels and I understand the effort that went into your desk. The light shining thru is amazing!

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#6 posted 698 days ago

Sweet!

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#7 posted 698 days ago

Thank ya’ll for the kind words and the welcome.

The clients wanted something different and I did a bit of searching and couldn’t find anything concerning whiskey barrel stave bars or desks with the crisscrossing pattern so I went with it. I like how you can see the inside, outside and fresh clean oak on the sides of the staves. Plus the jet black char on the inside of the staves looks pretty sharp.

I was trying to contrast the short, heavy, bulbous feel of an intact whiskey barrel with a visually lighter feeling design. I new I had pulled that off when, during the early phase of construction, the client says ” Man, that looks flimsy”. I’m pretty sure you could park a car on the thing.

The barrel staves were a challenge considering the concave, convex, taper, bow and differing lengths. Not to mention the char.

I first pressure washed the staves, this removed alot of the dirt and grime on the outside and loose char on the inside. Then I used a tapering jig to flatten the sides. This allowed for each side to sit flush with its adjacent stave.

I hand selected each stave, as close as possible, to have the same bow. The staves were inconsistently bowed due to shipping. They came on a pallet and the weight of the top staves flattened the bottom most. Steam bending was an option, although not in the budget. So I went with close enough. Even so, the varying focal point of the stave meeting point adds a little visual interest.

Each stave was a different length due to the inconsistent bows, so at the top of the staves I used a framed system to negate the lengths and allow for installation in 3 different sections of staves.

The long end was left short with an end piece and no overhand. This was partly due to the client possibly wanting to add a saloon type door later and for now easy access. However, the ends aren’t load bearing, nor add any real sort of strength to the reception desk. The staves were plenty strong enough.

-- Joseph, Piedmont SC, http://www.josephwooddesign.com

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#8 posted 698 days ago

Very nice looking.

Welcome to LJ’s.

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#9 posted 698 days ago

Very nice, great work, find it especially impressive, as I have made a few items from some old staves. This is most Unique.

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#10 posted 698 days ago

Wow! That looks like the perfect design. Thanks for sharing.

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