DIY: How to Build a Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table

You can call it an innovative idea of making coffee table in which you use whiskey barrel. It’s a table along with a nice storage for saving space. For making this Whiskey Barrel Table, first you need to have a barrel. If you own a full whiskey barrel, then you need to do one thing to cut it in half with a jig saw. Old whiskey barrels can be recycled and transformed into wonderful furniture for your home. Best of all, you can make more than one whiskey barrel coffee table if you want to make.

DIY: How to Build a Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table

A whiskey barrel coffee table will make an ideal addition to any house or cabin. You can make one yourself using minimal tools and equipment. Make your very own whiskey barrel coffee table. A whiskey barrel coffee table needs to have a layer of stain or paint. You would then be able to work on a base and top of your coffee table.

Supplies you’ll need: Whiskey barrel, wood screws, kreg Jig screws, varathane wood stain, 2 chest hinges, 1 chest lid support, 120- and/or 220-grit sandpaper Level, tape measure, miter saw, kreg Jig, jig saw, reciprocating saw, circular saw (optional), drill, orbital sander, clamps, pry bar and rubber mallet.

Sand

Utilize a pry bar to remove the metal bands. The bands are most likely secured with nails and thus they should pop right off. Try not to take the end bands off, because the barrel will fall apart if you do. Then you need to utilize a rubber mallet to flush up the boards if they positioned farther than they should. Do your best to get them somewhat even with each other. You need to sand the barrel but lightly utilizing grit sandpaper & to remove debris and smooth out the barrel.

Sand

Stain

Wipe or brush stain on the barrel. You can use Varathane Wood Stain from Rust-Oleum.

Stain

Re-collect

Let the stain dry and afterwards put the metal bands back in place. You will be able to arrange the holes up on the bands with the old nail holes that are still in the wood.

Utilize screws to re-connect the bands. The screws are useful compared to nails because they will sometimes draw on boards to even them out.

Recollect

Build the Base

The next step is to build the base out which is the widest part of the barrel & measure it down or cut it off accordingly.

The paint stick is utilized as a compass. Now come on drawing, first put a pencil through the top hole to draw an arc and put a tack or screw through the bottom hole to use as a pivot point. The barrel base pieces will have a nice arc after they are removed with a jigsaw. Test the base pieces with the barrel. This is how you can make variations utilizing a jigsaw or a flap sander on an angle grinder. Utilize a level and tape measure to make ensure yourself that the barrel is level appropriately and sits even. Stain the base pieces & attach the whiskey barrel to the base using wood screws. Drill pilot holes first so the wood does not split.

Build the Base

Form the Table Apron

It's an ideal opportunity to build the apron around the top of the barrel. Connect the apron pieces utilizing a kreg jig. Drill 2 pocket holes on the ends of both shorter boards. Next, utilize kreg screws to connect the boards. Place the apron on the ready barrel and attach utilizing wood screws. You need to make sure yourself, so that pre-drill so the wood does not split. Cut a board to utilize for the decorative base piece. Incline the ends at 45 degree angles.

Form the Table Apron

Attach Decorative Base Pieces

Now it’s time to attach the decorative base pieces using screws or nails.

Attach Decorative Base Pieces

Create the Table Top

Cut four boards for the table top. The extra inch makes a half inch lip on each side so you can simply open or close the chest. Next, utilize a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes in the boards. Set the Kreg Jig to the stock setting and space the pocket holes apart from each other. Then connect the boards using Kreg Jig screws.

Create Table Top

Attach Hinges and Lid Support

Attach chest hinges to the back side of the apron. Attach a lid support to the chest. 

Attach Hinges and Lid Support

Final Touches

Stain any unfinished boards. Apply a polyurethane for added safety. End up doing thin coats of Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Stain on the table top. Now your Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table is ready. Enjoy!