Reclaimed Bourbon Barrel Bar

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Project by Justin posted 02-05-2013 09:02 PM 19543 views 15 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Purchased a used bourbon barrel from Wild Turkey, cleaned it, cut out the hole, built a couple of shelves (bottom also has a lazy susan), tossed a light in and finished it. Voila! Custom bar! Had a lot of fun with this one.

-- "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 09:05 PM

Nicely done! Clever “repurposing” that honors the original spirit of the thing which, in the case of a bourbon barrel, is quite a spirit :).

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 10:12 PM

Very nicely done. Alot can be done with a oak barrell. You could also reinforce the staves you cut out and hinge them for doors on the cabinet.

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 10:35 PM


-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 11:19 PM

I love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 12:18 AM

Well done and a great conversation piece.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 01:46 AM

very cool project

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 02:52 AM

Man that’s nice. What a great idea. Beat you could produce and sell them.

-- Harold

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 04:41 AM

Now that is pretty neat! I had no idea the distilleries sold their barrels to the public. If you don’t mind, what do they go for?

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#9 posted 02-06-2013 11:42 AM

I see your not that far away, if I come by for a closer inspection are there samples? Nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 02-06-2013 07:15 PM

Very creative and well excecuted!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#11 posted 02-06-2013 07:21 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind words. Like I said a fun project and the reward of having a cocktail or 2 wasn’t bad either.

Some distilleries sell them and some don’t. Like I said this one is from Wild Turkey and it went for 100. I have found another place that has different “grades” of barrels that have similar prices.

-- "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."

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#12 posted 02-06-2013 09:31 PM

SWEET!!! of course I dont understand the word “clean”—-with wine barrels most people keep them with the stains…I tend to do a light sanding on the outside…

Have never worked with bourbon barrels…so this is really cool…I think they are a little smaller then wine barrels??? Not sure…

Either way—-GREAT PROJECT!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 02-06-2013 09:39 PM

As far as cleaning goes… bourbon barrels have quite a bit of grime and film on them. I took TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) and hot water in garden sprayer and went over the whole barrel with it a few times, followed by hosing it down with water really good in between each “cleaning.” After the 2nd time you could just watch the filth flow off of the barrel. Let it dry, did some light sanding, and stained and sealed it.

-- "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."

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#14 posted 02-06-2013 10:12 PM

Very cool barrel bar! great idea, very creative and resourceful. Like the shiny almost mirror like effect on the top shelf.


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#15 posted 02-07-2013 02:39 AM

Very nice! Similar to a project my father and I did about 40-45 years ago, when we tried making a bar for my sister’s first apartment. We took a bourbon barrel and split it in half, hinging it at the waist. We had no idea what we were doing! We had to screw every stave into the cut banding to keep it together and figure a way to keep it stable when opening it up. All I really remember was getting drunk off the fumes every night in his workshop. Mom never understood why we were in no hurry to finish it.

-- I've yet to find a nice piece of wood I couldn't mess up.

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