First sample barrel for Jim Beam.


I got a sample barrel last Friday… but only found some time this morning to engrave the three logos…

Took the barrel back down and was told that the job was more than acceptable and that it would be overnight expressed to Sydney… Now have to wait for final approval…

It looks like the initial order will be for 50 barrels …that is 150 logos… keep me busy for sure…

The barrel I got was already finished so I had to engrave through masking tape..Test below.

Here you can see the difference the tape makes to the blow back of the fumes…

The next lot of barrels will be engraved before they are finished so that any burn or fuming can be sanded off.

The radius of the barrel was fairly shallow so I could laser on the flat as such and not need to use a rotary attachment… made it a little easier… and since I have a motorised rise and fall of 280 mm there was plenty of room for the barrel under the laser head.

Even standing on its end..

Last step will be to insert the tap… and it’s off to Sydney…This barrel is made from white oak with black iron bands… the laser engraving sure stands out… subtle but in your face at the same time…

The couple in the photo are Val and Noel Sullivan, who with their son, Trevor, are the proud owners of Roll Out The Barrel Cooperage

One of the best coopers in Australia, Noel started making barrels in 1950 at the age of 15 and started his own company 30 years ago in 1982 … and still going strong.

About Lazy Larry

Just a woodworker sharing some of the things learnt the hard way... so you don't make the same mistakes...
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4 Responses to First sample barrel for Jim Beam.

  1. yaakov says:

    That is very cool Larry.You are really getting good! yaakov….

  2. Lew says:

    Looks like this could become a full time endeavor! This machine should be paid for in no time!!

  3. Bec Weir says:

    It cuts from the bottom up?
    Huh.
    Looks good

  4. Stuart says:

    That has come up an absolute treat Larry – very cool. The tape idea is excellent as well.
    May have to restock my Jim Beam if that is what it will come in!

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