This is the prototype of the the gear system that will be installed on top of the barrel that will have additional mechanisms below the lid to open and close the barrel. This prototype was done by hand with templates and band saw, the actual set up will be done with a CNC wood router to ensure correct alignment of the gears and teeth. I'm still deciding on the interior mechanisms, but updates will be provided when they happen.
Steampunk inspired furniture and apparel is a design element I've seen that I think would go great with the distressed and vintage look of my liquor barrel cabinets. Offering antique padlock and skeleton keys was just the first step...but to go further, I've decided to add functional gears, sprockets and a chain that will open and close the barrel with the cranking of a hand-wheel on the lid.
These will be rare production barrels due to the nature of finding vintage gears, sprockets and chains. Other steampunk elements will be added to the interior and exterior of the barrel cabinets.