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Whiskey Barrel Furniture…..unique, robust and practical
Barrel furniture encompasses a huge range of useful items from chandeliers to wine coolers and armchairs to wine racks.
The barrels have been made by skilled coopers out of seasoned oak, so they are extremely durable.
The Making of Barrels
This old film shows the traditional way that barrels are made. Towards the end you will see how an apprentice is initiated into the Guild of Coopers
Sourcing Second Hand Barrels
Look online for old barrels, or contact your local winery, distillery, or brewery. They just might be willing to sell you one!
Celtic Timber are the leading suppliers in the UK. In the United States you will find barrels at Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Company
Dimensions of Barrels (Celtic Timber)
40 Gallon… Height – 880mm End dia. 550mm
55 Gallon… Height – 1020mm End dia. 550mm Traditional hogshead
55 Gallon… Height – 880mm End dia. 625mm Dumpy
120 Gallon… Height 1320mm End dia. 625mm Butt
There are plenty of ways to use oak barrels, either by keeping the casks intact or deconstructing them. The wooden staves and metal hoops can be used to create something completely unique.
After searching for the most innovative designs, here is my choice for the top 15 whiskey barrel furniture ideas……
You can use glass or wood for the table top or make a larger table by supporting the top with two barrels.
The space under the glass can be decorated wth wine corks, beer bottle tops, wine labels….
One whiskey barrel will make a pair of matching bedside tables. You could cut a hole in the side of the barrel and install a shelf for the storage of medicines, books and much more….
This barrel has been prepared with loving care.The hoops have been polished and the barrel stained making it a striking feature for any home or restaurant. Another example of the versatility of barrel furniture.
How appropriate to turn a whisky barrel into a bar to serve drinks from. The shelf is probably made from the top of the same barrel.
You will have to deconstruct a barrel to make this rocking chair.
Adirondack Style Chair
This style of chair, which was created by Thomas Lee in 1903, gets its name from the Adironback Mountains in the North of New York State.
This colourful piece has been made from barrel staves framed by a barrel hoop.
You may think of a chandilier as a multitude of twinkling glass facets. However this design has a much more rustic look, which makes it ideal for a farmhouse kitchen.
This is my favourite chair…..such a robust, simple design. You can probably source all of the staves required from just one barrel.
4 Chairs and a Table
Just two barrels will enable you to create this innovative outdoor table and chairs.
This wine rack, which would enhance the appearance of any restaurant or bistro, can hold around 80 bottles.
What a splendid tub chair. The patina and markings on the timber tell the story of the wood’s life before it became a chair.
This barrel top clock has great character. I bet it could tell a few stories as well as the time!
Wine Barrel Bench
This bench has been made from thoroughly sanded and stained staves……last a life time.
I hope you enjoyed my selection of whiskey barrel furniture…. perhaps it will inspire you to make a piece for yourself!
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