Whiskey Barrel Flag

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Project by drewm873 posted 08-26-2016 01:17 PM 1436 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finishing up my barrel table I had some staves left so I decided to make a flag. The stars section is made from some old white oak flooring I had and then I traced out the stars and went to work with a chisel. The stars didn’t come out great but I guess it’s a learning process. :) After I cut the stars I burned the section a bit with a torch but I made it too dark and the stars didn’t stand out. So, I had to chisel them out a bit again to make them stand out a bit more.

Gluing this thing was a challenge because all the pieces obviously aren’t flat and as soon as you put clamps on they picked up a little from the workbench. So everything had to have only light clamping and some cauls here and there to hold them down. Clamped a few rows at a time for an hour, then moved onto the next few rows.

All finished it comes out to about 25” high by 42” wide.

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#1 posted 08-26-2016 03:04 PM

Pretty unique way of making flag. Cool idea.

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#2 posted 08-26-2016 10:10 PM

For the subject alone I love it! Really creative use of leftovers. Thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 08-27-2016 01:17 AM

Very cool project! Where do you find barrels like that have been charred? Left overs from a distillery?

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#4 posted 08-27-2016 01:25 AM

Nice job!

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#5 posted 08-27-2016 01:41 AM

Thanks everyone.

Martin, I get them from distilleries around my area. After they’re done brewing whiskey some breweries up in my area buy them and brew other things in them. Once they’re done with them they sell them to get rid of them. So, a lot of calling around and finding out who actually sells them and at a reasonable price. :)

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