Whiskey Barrel Stave Folding Table

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Project by JosephWasHere posted 09-05-2013 10:58 PM 4489 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a whiskey barrel stave folding table. All wood, except for center and support rails is made from whiskey barrel staves. The center medallion is made of mahogany. The handle is copper with matching copper feet trim. Screws are brass and the stain is polk berries mixed with a little denatured alcohol.

I used mahogany for the center piece because I had run out of white oak and it was a piece of scrap I had laying around. The handle is 1/2” copper from a bathroom remodel from some years back. The copper trim on the feet is some scrap used by the whiskey distillery I built the table for. I used brass screws, but the next one I will use stainless. I had run out of stain and was sitting around the shop staring out the window and decided to pick some polk berries and make my own stain. Initially the I thought, oh lord, what have I done, when I applied the stain it came out way, waaay, pink. Luckily, with a little time it has faded. You can kind of get a hint of the level of pink when you look at the rails, where the light doesn’t hit as strongly. I figure over time it’ll pretty much fade to light brown tone. Which I’m okay with.

Its difficult to get the staves to line up correctly and when folded the ends look a little rough. I let most of the roughness slide and rolled with it. I kind of free handed the whole thing to maintain a rougher feel. I didn’t even layout the screw alignment on the top, I just eyeballed everything, which as a whole, when looking at the table it works for me.

The finish is brush on clear lacquer.

-- Joseph, Piedmont SC,

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 11:06 PM

Excellent job

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 11:33 PM

Thanks jimmyb. I have found that not many folks work with whiskey barrel staves. My assumption for this is that man ole’ man are they aggravating.

-- Joseph, Piedmont SC,

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 09:40 PM

This piece looks great. Love the rustic look.
I don’t have access to any whiskey barrels but I would love to find some plans for this to make a couple of tables for camping. Yours looks very practical…...............

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 01:53 PM

Lovely table! Like the folding mechanism and the stain is really resourceful and effective. Great use of the old barrels. Great job!

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