Whiskey Barrel Entertainment Center

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Project by dvd812 posted 01-04-2014 05:44 PM 3503 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A whiskey barrel used a entertainment center never crossed my mind until a person requested it. Part of the barrel was removed so it would fit close to the wall. I removed about 3/8 of the barrels staves. Shelves are 3/4” heart pine. They are supported with 1” thick cleats cut to fit the barrels curve. I had a bit of trouble getting the door to close evenly and still did not get it perfect. As you can see at the bottom it did not close as well as the top part. I think if I moved the hinge down more into the center of the belly it would fix it. I had already drilled the holes for the lag bolts and could not move the hinge because it would expose the holes. If anyone has any suggestions on how to fix the door problem please let me know. Thank you for your comments and looking.

-- Do all things to the Glory of God.

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 06:40 PM

cool build, where did you get the barrel from?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 07:09 PM

Very Cool, never would have thought it myself. You might try a shim to square it up.

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 08:06 PM

not much excites me more than a whiskey barrel. great idea!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 09:35 PM

I get a kick out of all things whiskey. This is pretty cool. As far as your hinge issue, can you put in a block between the top corner of the door as it closes and push on the bottom, causing the hinge to flex a little? Done this on some commercial door installs, and it worked pretty well. Also, if you have to move the hinge, don’t fill the holes, get a nail red hot and stick it in the holes, this will blend them in to the rest of the barrel. Good luck!

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#5 posted 01-05-2014 12:53 AM

Very unique. How did you cut the door out and the steel bands?

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#6 posted 01-05-2014 02:22 PM

My philosophical grand-pappy always told me, “What is in the whisky barrel is important and not the barrel.”

Good job.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#7 posted 01-05-2014 03:07 PM

how did you keep the staves held together once you removed some?

also I’d love to see a installed photo. this is a really unique and cool project. I assume that a tv sits on top and dvd/cable boxes on the shelves inside?

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

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#8 posted 01-05-2014 04:19 PM

I love these old barrels. You did a nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 02-18-2014 11:48 PM

Mmmm tasty project. We’ll done. Seems to me that it might have been an entertainment center before you even started.

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