You have a few different options for sourcing a Tree Trunk Coffee Table. 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 barrel off Amazon which is $99 + $100 shipping . 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 Murdochs or Kenyon Noble 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 jigsaw or sawzall .
I made my table out of a pre-cut whiskey barrel I found locally. They had been sitting outside for a few years and definitely had some character. Get the Tree Trunk Coffee Table in affordable.
Use a prybar to remove the metal bands. The bands are most likely secured with nails and so they should pop right off. Do not take the end bands off, because the barrel will fall apart if you do.
Use a rubber mallet to flush up the boards if they stick out farther than they should. Do your best to get them somewhat even with each other.
Lightly sand the barrel using 220 grit sandpaper to remove debris and smooth out the barrel. Stain
Wipe or brush stain on the barrel. I used “Special Walnut” stain from Minwax.
Re-assemble. Let the stain dry and then put the metal bands back in place. You will be able to line the holes up on the bands with the old nail holes that are still in the wood. Use 1 inch screws to re-connect the bands. The screws are helpful compared to nails because they will sometimes pull on boards to even them out. Therefore, your Tree Trunk Coffee Table is ready now.