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Old whiskey barrels can be recycled and turned into amazing furniture for your home or business. In this tutorial I will walk you through the process of building a whiskey barrel coffee table. I had a blast creating the table and it was a pretty simple and quick build.

Project Costs

Whiskey Barrel – Between $25 and $200 depending on where you find it.
Lumber – Approximately $40
Screws – $12.00

Tools Required

For building table top
– A hand saw will work but a will make the project go quick!
– Used for creating the base (You can use this to cut the barrel in half if not pre-cut)
Rubber Mallet and Pry Bar – Used to remove metal bands and flush up boards.
(Can use to cut barrel in half if not pre-cut.)
– Optional
– Optional

3 inch, 1 1/2 inch, and 1 inch wood screws
220 Grit Sandpaper
Stain ( I used “Special Walnut” from Minwax)
Polyurethane (Minwax) – To help protect the table top

Lumber List
1×4 – QTY 1 Length: 10 feet (Used for table apron)
2×12 – QTY 1 Length: 6 feet (Used for table base)
1×3 or 1×2 – QTY 1 Length: 6 feet (Used for decorative base pieces)
1×8 – QTY 2 Length 8 feet (used for table top)

Where to find a whiskey barrel

You have a few different options for sourcing a whiskey barrel. First, I’d recommend contacting local whiskey distilleries or wine vineyards in your area. Second, search Craigslist or put a wanted ad up that you are looking for a whiskey barrel or wine barrel to make furniture out of. Ebay is also a great place to check, as well as Amazon. I’ve had friends order this . It is a full barrel so you would need to cut in half. You’d be able to make two tables with it. Finally, farm and garden stores sometimes will carrie barrels or half barrels used as planters. Check out stores like or if you have them in your area.

I found a few barrels locally in Montana from a super nice guy who was selling them on Craigslist. I feel like I got a great deal because I paid $100 for the full barrel and $25 for the pre-cut half barrels. If you get a full barrel you’ll need to cut it in half using a or .

Great for storage!

My good buddy Dustin and I made another table for his family. The only big difference is that we painted the metal bands an oil rubbed bronze color.

Oh yeah… I also use this as a WHISKEY BARREL COOLER! Line it with plastic and you’ll have ice cold drinks for your next gathering!

If you are looking for other barrel projects I’d recommend checking out my Wine Barrel Shelf Side Bar. Cheers!!

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