10339Re: Oak Boxes
- Feb 1, 2004--- In email@example.com, "Murphy-Marsh, Leigh"
> True boxes have advantages but barrels expose more surface area tothe
> liquid for the same amount of timber.in
> It should work but not being a carpenter there must be difficulties
> keeping it sealed when the timber expands.I recently experimented with oak boxes and must report that Leigh is
I spend $90 on a beautiful 1" X 12" 12 foot long white oak plank. My
neighbor is a cabinet maker and for the price of a couple of quarts
convinced him to build me two cubes sized to hold approximately 5
gallons each. He crafted some very precise tongue in groove joints
and the cubical boxes fit together like a chinese jigsaw puzzle with
no nails, screws or glue. They were designed to be held together by
nylon web strapping tightened with rachets.
I charred the inside of them with a torch and my problems began. The
heat and drying from the charring warped the boards slightly. I was,
with considerable difficulty, able to fit them together nonetheless,
strap them tightly in 3 directions with the rachetable straps, and I
soaked the boxes inside and out for 2 weeks to swell the wood and
seal the joints.
The boxes warped even more after soaking and leaked like a sieve! I
now have a triple lifetime supply of charred scrap white oak! I will
cut them into pieces and use the charred chips and chunks to oak
spirits stored in other type containers.
The concept was great, but the execution was a miserable failure.
Live and learn!
ps - anybody wanna buy some white oak???
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