Do you remember the fun crowns I made for Sorticulture??? Click on this line to go see 1 post of the first one I made. Click on this line for more of the toppers on the crowns. You can also use the list of labels on the right side ... click on whiskey barrel. That will show you every post I made with whiskey barrel parts on them.
READY??? Okay ,,, here we go!
FIRST!!! A list of goodies you will need and what skills it will take to make this.
Whiskey barrel bands: 3
Threaded rod/screws/lamp parts: 1 or 2
Nuts/washers to match the rod/screws/lamp parts
Junk to make a finial
1X4 scrap wood pieces: 2
2 screws for that scrap wood
Drill press works easiest
Measuring tape - I use a cloth or very flexible tape
Felt pen - something to mark the metal with (I use a thick black felt pen)
Awl or large nail to "dent" the metal to start your drill hole
You will need to be able to drill holes in the metal rings. To do that with a hand held drill is very tough on most rings. These rings are usually steel and tough to drill through. Start with a small hole, then re-drill with a larger bit. The secret is: GO SLOW!!! Metal gets hot as you drill through it. I LOVE carbide drill bits when drilling metal.
You will need a vise to bend the metal. DON'T WORRY if you don't have one. I will show you how to make one for this. It isn't perfect ,,, but, neither is any of my art. This works fine!
I will show you a lot of pictures and explain as I go. These are not that hard. I put TONS of pictures on to make it easier for you to see. If you have any questions ... PLEASE ... drop me a note. I get going and I don't always explain things as well as I should.
|Let's make this!!!|
|You will need 3 rings. Any type, size or color will|
work. I think it's easiest if each is a little bit
bigger than the last.
|Let's measure the outside of the ring. Notice the|
hole already there? That's a good place to start.
It will save you time drilling. Mark it with your
felt pen. TRUST ME! MARK IT!!!
|YAY! Another hole already there. Close enough to |
the half way around mark. USE IT! These
DO NOT have to be measured perfectly.
|See the 2 rivets where the ends were put together? |
Try to keep them off to the side of the holes you are
drilling. You don't really want them on the bottom
of your crown. It's just too bulky ... that's all!
|You will need threaded rod or screws to hold the tops|
and bottoms together. The sizes don't matter unless
you want to add a lamp finial to the top like I do
here. Just make sure they fit before you
drill your holes.
|Take your awl or nail and hit it with a hammer right |
where you are going to drill your hole. This will give
your bit a place to start. It will keep it from sliding
over your metal. TRUST ME!!! DO IT!!!
|Now find some funky pieces ...|
|that you can "string" together|
|maybe I should say stack together|
|to make the top.|
|Threaded rod and pipe. Any of these will make |
great supports for your crown toppers. Most of these
came from old lamps or trophies.
|I put 2 together so you can see what I mean. These |
are made from many different pieces of brass that
were added to one of those threaded pipes.
THIS IS WHERE YOU NEED A VISE TO BEND THE WHISKEY BARREL RINGS INTO A CROWN SHAPE. I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW TO BUILD SOMETHING THAT WILL WORK PRETTY GOOD. NOT PERFECT ... YOU REMEMBERED!!!! IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT!!!! SWEET!!!
|Find 2 pieces of scrap wood. |
These are ends from an old fence board.
|Add 2 screws to the top board that are far enough apart |
that the whiskey barrel band can fit between the screws.
|This topper is almost 6 inches across.|
|So let's make the "dent" the topper will fit into 8" |
across. Make a mark with your felt pen 4" on each
side of your top hole. This is where we will bend the
metal with the 2 boards.
|Okay! Place the ring between your 2 boards and |
tighten your screws. In the picture ... the
felt pen mark is on the other side of boards.
SORRY! I didn't get that in the picture. That mark
is where you want to bend this metal.
|When you pull on that metal it comes up. After you |
do the other side this will be where your topper fits.
|I set this on the corner of my table saw. You can |
use anything that has a corner on it.
|This is what your rings will look like |
after they've been bent.
NOW LETS PUT THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER.
|I pushed the rod into the ground so I|
could work on the top part.
|Move the rings around, then insert your |
threaded rod or pipe into the holes.
|My rod was too long, so I added an enameled metal |
napkin ring to the bottom. I put a larger washer on it
to keep it in place after I tightened everything up.
|Close up. I didn't have a piece of pipe that would fit|
perfectly. SO! I added something fun to cover it up.
|After you put it together you have something |
that looks kind of like this. I don't like the
rings. They need more curves.
|So I grabbed each ring and pushed and pulled just a |
little bit and this is more like it!!!
Now tighten up your nuts.
|I set my crown on top of these plants.|
|Then stepped on the rod on the bottom. It sunk into |
the ground very nicely. Sorry about the garden.
It's the end of the year.
|I pushed and pulled just a little bit more. |
I'm happy with this one.
|It's crustic, rustic and old looking. Even though ... it's|
brand new. It will continue to age with time.
|This is what it looked like before I bent the rings.|
Not so nice. Not so fun.
I sure hope this made sense. I'm not real good at explaining things. The whole idea is to find a place to drill 2 holes to put screws through to hold this whole thing together. Then bend the rings into a crown shape. It doesn't take many tools. Although, if you have a real vise, use it! It makes a nicer bend. A nicer crown look.
Hope you try it!!! I think I made 6 of these for my garden show. All of them were sold with in a couple hours. They would make a great gift for Christmas!!!!