Then I cleaned up and began layering some Bondo onto the sides, top...
When the Bondo hardened I sanded once more.
Then I added more Bondo, once again running vertically up and down the barrel, followed by some more sanding.
As you can see below my barrel is a bit uneven in the middle...
One clamp alone wouldn't hold it in place, so I used a cord to help hold it down while I sanded.
The cord worked and I sanded the area sticking out on the side...a little too much.
But the shape does look a little better now.
Now to deal with the top. I screwed a board to the bottom of the barrel.
The board allowed me to hold the barrel in place upright with clamps.
Then I sanded the top to be even. This unfortunately removed almost all of the Bondo and fiberglass that was once there.
But all in all I am much happier with the shape of the barrel.
Then I used my dremel with an engraving bit...
...to dig out the shape .
Next I used a sharp knife...
Then I used a damp rag to clean the whole barrel.
I made sure to paint vertically since that's usually the direction the wood grain goes on a barrel.
I then wiped the excess off with a rag and dry-brushed on a little more paint around it.
Next I used black spray paint and misted a border around the top, bottom and middle. This is where the rings will go later on.
When that dried I sprayed on some clear coat. The image is a little blurry (sorry) and it looks glossy, but I actually used matte clear coat.
While that dried I cut some strips of thin crafting foam. I would have liked to use black foam, but all I had on hand was white.
So then I had to spray paint the foam with the leftover black spray paint I had.
When the black strips were dry I began attaching them onto the barrel with Elmers (PVA) glue. The reason I used PVA glue is simple - I had run out of epoxy, hot glue and crazy glue and I had hopes that PVA glue would work.
For my other barrel build I used furniture tacks to hold the foam in place, but like most of my glues, I had also run out of tacks. So I used my staple gun to hold the foam in place.
...and put it inside against the center support. This will allow light-weighing items to sit inside of it, like...