Bourbon barrel desk valet

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Project by Theotherbutcher posted 02-15-2014 07:35 PM 1789 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A bourbon barrel desk valet. The lid of the box is part of the lid of the barrel. The sides of the box are glued up staves from the barrel. I cut the finger pull from the one of the steel bands. I left the inside unfinished so the aroma from can be enjoyed every time the box is opened.

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 08:15 PM

Nice. The more I stare at it the more I like it.

-- Daniel P

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 08:35 PM

Cool. Very creative! I like the way you incorporated the finger pull.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#3 posted 02-15-2014 11:00 PM

I have a few hundred staves. How did you go about flattening/squaring them?

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 01:51 AM

I really like this project. Nice how you kept the inside unfinished so you can get the aroma every time it’s opened.

Thanks for sharing

Bill in MI

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#5 posted 02-16-2014 02:18 AM

To shape the staves, first I cut them in half for length, about 17 inches. I then set the half on the jointer and shimmed the outside “eyeball square” and jointed one edge. I struck a straight line on the opposite edge. I cut the straight line free hand on the bandsaw then face jointed that. I then ripped the stave to final thickness at the table saw, making the edges 90 degrees to the inside. A ton of work to get useable pieces, but it smells so good!

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#6 posted 02-16-2014 02:24 AM

Mmmm….. A fine 9-year-old Bourbon, while admiring that box. Sounds like a nice way to wind down your day!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 02:24 AM

Yeah, kinda how I had thought of going about it. Mine are from brandy barrels. Quarter sawn (mostly) white oak—very pretty, but like you said, a ton of work to get usable wood. Will post when I make stuff from them. Thanks.

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#8 posted 02-16-2014 03:31 AM

Very Nice indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 02-16-2014 03:47 PM

Very Nice, What brand of Bourbon was in the barrel?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 02-16-2014 07:34 PM

A single malt valet I assume? Good job!

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#11 posted 02-17-2014 08:04 PM

The barrel originally came from Heaven Hills, but was sold to a local craft brewer, who used it to brew a limited batch of their Christmas ale. The lid only had a stamp on it, not a cool burnt logo. The top and the bottom yield the easiest parts to work with, the next one I’m going for the logo. Thanks all for the compliments.

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