Tennessee Whiskeywood Bar

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Project by Gio posted 08-23-2011 04:34 PM 4299 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been the Love of My Life. Last May I received a phone call from a Navy pilot asking if I could build him a bar like the one he saw on my web-site. And being and old tin-can sailor I said, “Sure” now which bar did you see”?

We worked out the details and here it is. I delivered it to him in Corpus Christi, TX and the guys in his unit are enjoying it immensely.

Sorry about the funny angle shots of behind the bar but there is a wall in the way and these are the best of the bunch.

Of course these are authentic Tennessee sippin’ whiskey barrels. Just drill into the wood and you can smell the wonderful aroma.

Now for the details, the base is made from white oak with 5/4 cherry for the top. The barrels are white oak and the bar top is baltic birch with cherry trim. The over all length is 8’.

He is scheduled to transfer to Jacksonville, FL so I told him not to plan on shipping the bar because of it’s weight but to sell it to his buddies and I would make him another one. The picture of the slab is what I will use for his next bar top. I couldn’t use it this time because it was running 32% moisture.

If anyone is interested I have 2 more of these red oak slabs. One runs just over 8’ and the width varies between 21-24” and 2.2” thick. The other is the same length and the thickness is 3.5” but the width runs between 22” and 46” on the top end due to branch spread. If you are interested and not too far away let me know.

-- Gio,

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 04:47 PM

Neat idea and looks very sturdy.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 04:56 PM

Everything is bolted together and is solid as a rock

-- Gio,

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#3 posted 08-23-2011 05:56 PM

Very nice barrel bar. It definitely looks like it weighs a ton.
Are those Tennessee Jack Daniels barrels?
I built a bunch of barrell furniture back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
My Uncle who lived in Winchester, TN was able to get me a lot of oak barrels…both new and used for really cheap. I would pick them up and visit several times a year. I know what you mean by fun projects.
I also had access to free oak olive barrels back then also from Zatarains…before they started using plastic shipping containers. The whiskey barrels were nicer.

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 08:31 PM

Hello Gio

A beautiful work

I like the concept
My two chairs can be used with your project

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 08-23-2011 08:57 PM

Yes. They are Jack Daniels finest, but cheap they are no more. That center barrel cost me over 200.00. I use to make furniture for JD when they had their large “Barrel Shoppe” but they have downsized that to less than half.

-- Gio,

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#6 posted 08-23-2011 11:02 PM

Nice project. I’ll drink to that….......

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 08-24-2011 01:55 AM

I’m doing the exact same thing for my yacht club! Thanks for the inspiration. I just grabbed some wine barrels because that’s what we have here in NorCal.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#8 posted 08-24-2011 10:08 AM

Sweet design and finish…well done.

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#9 posted 08-24-2011 04:32 PM

I wonder if there are any stills left in GA. Not wine country or whiskey, at least not the legal manufacturing. Hahaha. I really like your idea and it looks fantastic. Keep up the fine work.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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