How to Make Coffee Tables From Whiskey Barrels

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How to Make Coffee Tables From Whiskey Barrels
whiskey barrel table (barrel image by apeschi from

Whiskey barrels serve more than just the purpose of holding whiskey. They can be used around the home for rain barrels, garden planters, bars, and more. Whiskey barrels add rustic charm to your space. Maximise that style by creating a coffee table made with whiskey barrels. You can find whiskey barrels for sale online, and neighbourhood grocery and home improvement stores also may carry them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 whiskey barrel
  • Saw (hand saw, reciprocating saw)
  • 1 wood panel (wood choice optional), 47 inches wide, 23 inches deep, 2 inches high
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain
  • 4 wood screws, 3 inch
  • Wood filler
  • Glass top (optional)

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  1. 1

    Stand the barrel upright and saw the whiskey barrel in half horizontally. Measure to be sure both ends are the same size.

  2. 2

    Place the newly sawn ends on the floor with the barrel end and head facing up toward the ceiling. The barrel head and end are the top and bottom lids on the barrel.

  3. 3

    Centre the two ends beneath the wooden tabletop.

  4. 4

    Secure the tabletop to the whiskey barrels by screwing two wood screws through the table top and into the surface of each barrel. Wood screws have sharp tips and generally do not require starter holes; however, if you are using a very hard wood and having trouble penetrating the surface, you may need to drill starter holes for the wood screws.

  5. 5

    Fill the screw holes with wood filler. Let the filler set and sand the top of the table, paying careful attention to the corners.

  6. 6

    Stain or paint the tabletop as desired. Optionally, you can place a glass tabletop on top of the wood table or in lieu of the wood tabletop. Using a glass top of 1/2 inch thickness of more will carry enough weight that you will not have to fasten it to the wood tabletop.

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