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Forum topic by flipflop posted 10-02-2015 10:42 PM 754 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2015 10:42 PM

I’ve decided Im ready to try to build a barrel, well i only need a half of one to build a whisky barrel table. I come to you guys because I can’t find the angle and shape to make the slates. Any insight on this would be great. thanks guys.


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#1 posted 10-02-2015 10:52 PM

I think you might be better off buying an actual used whiskey barrel. A quick Google search reveals many sources, including this one

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#2 posted 10-03-2015 07:53 AM

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#3 posted 10-03-2015 08:39 AM

Stefang did a blog on coopering a bucket but it seems to be missing. There are posts on here if you search cooped buckets and barrels.

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#4 posted 10-03-2015 11:04 AM

Because of the rounded shape of a barrel is a compound curve the miter angle on each stave changes along it’s length. This is why coopers do this by hand and eye using a draw shave. Wetting the wood helps it to be crushed to fit as a barrel is forced to shape

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