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.
What made this a fun and challenging project was the size- 18ft long by 13.5 inches deep and 2 inches thick, placement (8 ft off the ground) and the need for it to be sufficiently strong to hold art books vinyl records through its length and house soffit lights. Also look presentable enough for DW. Bonus is that the rail works well as a pull-up bar. The longer story- devil is in the detail is this blog link https://smortegav.blogspot.com/2019/07/shelfie-18-feet-long-and-with-soffit.html