Big Barrel

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Project by tswoodwizard posted 01-22-2012 04:29 AM 3997 views 3 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend Jim wanted me to build him a giant barrel to be used as an eye catching sign for his partner “Chrissy’s” antique store to be opened soon in Schapville Illinois. Lettering will be added to both ends to say the business name and the barrel will then be placed next to the road to be seen from both directions.
The barrel is all ruff-sawed cedar with a chunk of Poplar used for the tap. The whole project measures 6-feet in diameter and 6-feet end-to-end excluding the doubled 6”-by-8” saddles that it rests on. The barrel part is coated with 3 coats of spar varnish (no stain) but the saddles and tap are stained dark with 3 coats of spar.
After Jim and I finished it we loaded it up on my tandem trailer and took it to a couple of winery’s and then to Galena Illinois to show as potential future projects to some barrel related businesses. Our big barrel became an instant “tourist” attraction with people posing in front of it for pictures and coming out of stores to have a look-see. Pic #1 shows the finished project (excluding letters),#2 the poplar tap (made on my Legacy Ornamental Mill), #3 is myself cutting a bevel on the stave ends, #4 the 2 saddles with-out stain, #5 would be my friend, (and customer) Jim marking the head groove. #6 is simply the barrel standing on-end to show “shop-to-barrel” size comparison. This project was a “barrel of fun” from the mathematics to the super-sized cooper-smithing.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 04:41 AM

Hi Tim
Glad to see you back on LJ’s, it’s been a while.
Now that is a barrel , I must say a barrel of fun .
How many gallons would that be and when is the first party ?


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 04:41 AM

That’s one big barrel. Nice job.

-- If your not having fun you're doing it wrong.

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 04:46 AM

I haven’t figured that out kiefer, but it’s more than I can drink in one sitting.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 04:50 AM

that is impressive

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 04:54 AM

That is cool!

-- Kevin, Indiana

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 04:56 AM

Nice looking great big barrel! Glad to see Negara Fall’s wasn’t in the description!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 05:00 AM

I guess I could send a whole group over the falls with this one woodshaver.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 05:03 AM

Whoa! Thats a big project. I’d be scared to see the St. Bernard with that thing hanging from its collar. That is really nice…should be a real eye catcher. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 05:05 AM

That’s a big wow on tap ,great job


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#10 posted 01-22-2012 05:15 AM

It would be neat to make something like that. Nice job. And thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 01-22-2012 05:21 AM

Very impressive great job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#12 posted 01-22-2012 05:26 AM

Wow, very impressive, I’d love to tackle a project like this.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 01-22-2012 05:37 AM

Wow, would that hold a lot of wine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!............Nice job,Tim…................. Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 01-22-2012 05:43 AM

With straight sides it would be over 1200 gallons. with the curve it should still hold over a thousand. Fill It with Jack and lets have a party. Great job.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#15 posted 01-22-2012 07:04 AM

Tim,I can attest to the fact that will have to be the most eye-catching thing going on in Schapville! Really! Give me the address…maybe I have missed ‘Schapville’ proper! All kidding aside, Awesome Barrel….I want to visit the store just to get a look at the barrel! t

-- toni --- SW WI...working on shop setup....wish I could say diligently. "Time is a healer, a friend & a maker of dreams."

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