Made from an oak barrel. Here’s a project that offers a completed item that is beautiful, useful and helps reduce items ending up in a landfill. A stool made from an oak barrel is solid, durable and finishes well. The wood is hard, but is receptive to staining.
Here’s how to do it:
1) Use a flat head screwdriver, or small pry bar to pop the top and bottom metal rings off the barrel.
2) Pull the lid off the barrel and set it aside. Disassemble the rest using a small hammer and pry bar. Set 4 pieces of the barrel side wood lengths to the side (pick the nicest of the bunch) and retain the bottom of the barrel.
3) Drill a small hole 5-inches from the bottom on each of the 4 barrel length pieces…then drill a second hole 16-inches up from those on two of the legs and 16.5-inches on the remaining two legs.
4) Stain the barrel lid, bottom and leg pieces and let it dry.
5) Measure and trim lengths of the metal from the old barrel to wrap around the inner base of the lid and around the edge of the bottom of the lid. Adhere using a strong industrial glue.
6) Drill 4 shallow holes into the bottom of the barrel. Measure to make sure they are aligned with the lower barrel leg holes.
7)Use screws with decorative heads to attach the bottom of the barrel legs to the barrel bottom in the 4 lower holes. Make sure that the upper holes will match. The two at 16-inches above should be across from one another and the same for the two at 16.5-inches.
8) Place foot long metal spacers with threaded ends through the holes on the upper legs. Screw matching decorative ends to the threaded metal spacers.
9) Place the barrel lid upside down and place the leg assembly in place where it should attach to the seat. Use two small L-brackets to screw each leg onto the bottom of the seat.