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Forum topic by baslug posted 09-20-2014 08:16 PM 812 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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baslug

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09-20-2014 08:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: whiskey barrel barrel drying

I got a hold of a few whiskey barrels from a friend in southern Tennessee. I broke one open and have been letting the staves dry so I can use them to make some projects. I set the heads aside and it didn’t occur to me that the difference in moisture content from the inside face to the outside face would warp the board as it dried…so they’re just cupped to hell.

Any thoughts or tips on how to keep the heads from my other barrel from doing the same thing when I take it apart? I’d like to use the heads for a couple projects, but they need to be reasonably flat.

Thanks in advance,
~Ben


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#1 posted 09-20-2014 09:17 PM

Clamp some pieces of wood across the top to keep it flat. No guarantees.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 07:25 PM

Soak the tops in water for a day then let them dry like anything else. That would equalize the moisture content. Also if they happened to be used barrels some of the whiskey will leach back out into the water.

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baslug

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 03:28 PM


Soak the tops in water for a day then let them dry like anything else. That would equalize the moisture content. Also if they happened to be used barrels some of the whiskey will leach back out into the water.

- diverlloyd

good idea. i’ll give that a try.

they are indeed used barrels… my whole basement smelled of Jack Daniels for several weeks after i opened it.

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