Beer barrel staves

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Beer barrel staves

Post by fallguy1000 » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:49 am

I could have buried this in my build pages, but decided it was more fun here.

About 5 years ago, a neighbor died. His children Had so much infighting they hired an old neighbor to settle the homestead and auction off stuff.

Well, the dead guy's daughter worked for the Hamms Brewery and they tore down an old beer barrel and he got all the lumber and used it for a ceiling. The tank staves were all about 15 feet long and like 2 3/4" thick by 5 1/2" solid, old growth redwood.

It might be a small sin, but I am cutting some of them up to be beams in my cabin.

Not often do we use 50 year old tank staves from trees that were older than the nation.

I can post some grain closeups later.

Cut up staves 1/2" by 2 3/4" and the bending form. Note, I am going to take a 1/16th off the sides to clean up old auminum or possibly leaded paint.
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Re: Beer barrel staves

Post by fallguy1000 » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:50 am

PS. I need 33 pieces, we have another half day or ripping to do..

Also, redwood is a little weak for beams. But a guy can go under budget a couple times on a build!
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Re: Beer barrel staves

Post by Jeff » Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:06 pm

Nice personal touch FallGuy!!!! Jeff

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Re: Beer barrel staves

Post by cape man » Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:40 pm

The gunwales on my OD 18 include strips of American Chestnut that came from a 1820's blacksmith shop on my sister's property in Virginia. Nice touch to always include something unique...
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Post by Jeff » Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:02 pm

Fully agree Cape Man!!!! Jeff

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Re: Beer barrel staves

Post by piperdown » Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:20 pm

That's pretty darn cool FG!
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Re: Beer barrel staves

Post by terrulian » Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:19 pm

Guys, this is great stuff!!
I'm making birdhouses from an old redwood deck. Here's a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt37doo4XxM
There is a huge amount of free lumber around that will, quite unbelievably, end up as trash in a land fill!! It's still good stuff and tip of the hat to fallguy. I didn't use any in my boat build as reclaimed lumber, at least what I could get my hands on, tends not to be teak or mahogany or marine plywood. But I do enjoy using it for other stuff.
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Re: Beer barrel staves

Post by gonandkarl » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:11 am

Hi,
I have learned again a lot by reading this post and I really love the birds houses of Tony. I wonder if one can still buy new hand drills like I have seen in the video.
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Re: Beer barrel staves

Post by Dan_Smullen » Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:33 pm

Great material. 'Im a wood nerd and would have a hard time cutting it up.

Are your ripping it parallel to the curve? On the band saw?

Do you have a pic of the one before you cut it up?

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Re: Beer barrel staves

Post by fallguy1000 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:01 pm

Dan_Smullen wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:33 pm
Great material. 'Im a wood nerd and would have a hard time cutting it up.

Are your ripping it parallel to the curve? On the band saw?

Do you have a pic of the one before you cut it up?
The staves are about 2 3/4" x 6". The first rip is basically a joint to square the board. The boards are generally very stright; not square.

Then we rip 1/2" pieces. Then we clean up the edges and are laminating 3 into the curved shape. It may seem abusive, but I also make beautiful benches from them. The first bench was built and varnished and I put it outside and that same weak; we had a hailstorm that caused $47k in damage to our property and wrecked my benchtop. So, since then, no varnish. Maybe I will snap a pic of one.
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