The best smelling coffee table.

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Project by blackcherry posted 07-14-2019 02:51 AM 786 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello to all its been quit sometime since a posted project,but this was one I wanted to share. Our local brewery can only use these whiskey barrel for one batch of barley wine then they just sell them to the general public. I happen to pick one up and commence to recycling into two coffee tables. Cutting the barrel vertically and releasing the angel share aroma into the garage that lasted for days to come was quit a change from wood cutting smells ha ha. The next big hurdle was cleaning the charcoal interior of the barrel, what a mess, but once clean and seal it made for a striking interior storage compartment. My recommendation is to use a wine barrel instead the interior will have a pre-stain red or natural oak finish with out the hassle sanding charcoal burnt wood. The rest is straight forward as the pictures may indicate. Thanks for viewing my woodworking community, it’s coffee time.

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#1 posted 07-14-2019 06:09 AM

Everything made of barrel looks great. Your table too…ofcourse…very well made.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-14-2019 06:25 AM

Great looking table !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 07-14-2019 11:11 AM

Cool table

-- Petey

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#4 posted 07-14-2019 11:33 AM

Wilson! So great to see a post by you. I thought you were no longer in the woodworking world? The concept and execution in making the coffee tables are wonderful. Well done my friend.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 07-14-2019 01:11 PM

GREAT JOB :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 07-14-2019 04:17 PM

Don’t think of it is charcoal burnt wood, think of it as Shou Sugi Ban. Its kind of trendy right now. Great table though!

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#7 posted 07-14-2019 05:44 PM

Quoting Lenny ”The concept and execution in making the coffee tables are wonderful. Well done my friend.”

I ma sure others will be doing some similar projects after seeing this great one.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 07-14-2019 06:03 PM

SMP yes the Japanese tradition of ebonite wood to resist bug infestation, using a flame torch.
Thanks everyone for viewing and commenting on these tables. Fun project!

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#9 posted 07-14-2019 07:13 PM


-- Brad

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#10 posted 07-15-2019 10:59 AM

very nice!

I’ve been wanting to do one of these for a long time. What’s the secret/process for cutting the thing in half?

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#11 posted 07-15-2019 11:53 AM

Nicely done!!!
I have made 2 of these in my life so I know the difficulty. Yours turned out splendid.
I am glad I used a red wind barrel so I didn’t have to deal with cleaning up burnt wood like you did…......I can only imagine how filthy that is. However, I did have scaly sugar deposits that had to be scraped/sanded off so my workbench felt like it had sand all over it and had to be vacuumed up.
Not sure which interior I like better…....your dark black or my purple. Both are striking.
You contoured your legs to the barrel nicely. Seeing that it is a complex miter curve… sure is a pain!
Big thumbs up.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#12 posted 07-15-2019 07:14 PM

Triviasteve before you begin to cut the barrel pre drill holes on metal bands to keep staves nice and tight to one another. I use a 1/8 drill bit, then keg jig screws to hold the staves barrel tight. Take a close look at the photo and you will see the spacing on each metal band. Next using a hand held grinder with a 4 inch disk it time to let the sparks fly. Once all the bands are cut vertical to one another use a reciprocating saw to cut the wood portion. Note try and line up one side of cut with a seam of the staves. The other vertical joint may need to saw splitting a stave. Hope this explanation helps.

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#13 posted 07-15-2019 11:13 PM

Looks good!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 07-16-2019 11:58 PM

I was actually thinking of putting a screw in every stave. For some reason, the thought of lining one up against a seam didn’t naturally occur to me… I’m sure i’d have thought of that once I really studied it. Great job on yours! A project for another day for me, i’m afraid…

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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