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Forum topic by Simpleman1775 posted 06-05-2014 10:57 PM 1363 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2014 10:57 PM

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Long time lurker. First time poster. Actually thought I had an account here but it didn’t recognize me so… I have done some woodworking in the past. I’ve built my own cabinets from scratch with raised profile doors, pens, pencils, desks from butcher block counter tops, Adirondack chairs, ...

So today I got a wild hair up by back side and decided that I would build a coffee table (or an Adirondack chair) out of a whiskey barrel. I have seen a step-by-step site for the table but no (free) plans for the chairs yet. The only site I did see plans for were about $15 and I wasn’t real happy with their plans for regular Adirondack chairs in the past. I wont mention their name because it might have been a one time thing.

Any body have any pointers for using a fresh whiskey barrel? Do I need to dry it out for weeks or months? Disinfect the barrel? Fill it with water for a week? Actually read that somewhere; because of the microbes and bacteria for the beer making process. Warping? Flexing? Bowing? ANY and ALL help is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 06-05-2014 11:05 PM

Remember that some oak barrels out there have been scorched to charcoal on the inside of them…
I had a planter like that…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#2 posted 06-05-2014 11:42 PM

Would that make it impossible to make the furniture? Could I just scrape and sand off the charcoal?

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#3 posted 06-06-2014 03:02 AM

I will be doing a how too video on these chairs soon. Hopefully I can get it done this weekend if I can get off my butt and finish the other chair

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#4 posted 06-06-2014 03:30 AM

That would be great!!! Thanks. I’m watching Andre Parker’s 3 part series as I type this.

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#5 posted 06-06-2014 01:58 PM

I don’t think they would be making beer in a whiskey barrel, so I’m not sure you have to worry about that too much. I guess cleaning the inside would depend on how much it was scorched or charred?

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#6 posted 06-06-2014 03:13 PM

They definitely made beer in it. I picked it up from a place that makes bourbon flavored beer (goose island). They bought it from a company who made bourbon/whiskey. It just looked on the inside. It’s charred but not too badly. Still not to sure how to proceed. Worst case scenario, it have some really good smelling wood for our campfires this summer.

I’m having problems making another topic. Am I not allowed to make more than one?

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