I was inspired by a trip to Mexico (Zihuatanejo) over the holidays, to finish this instructable. The plan is to take some inexpensive 100% agave silver tequila, and turn it into reposado (rested) tequila. The definition of reposado is " aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size". Since I didn't want to purchase an oak barrel, I started looking around the house for a solution. In lew of an oak barrel I came up with a glass vase, I have plenty of white oak in my shop but it's all kiln dried so it is not suitable for oak aging. The oak should be air dried for 2 to 3 years. As it happens we had a coastal live oak tree (quercus agrifolia) fall on our property 2 years ago. it was cut up for firewood. Live oak is a member of the red oak family and thus not suitable for barrel making. But I'm simply going to add chunks of toasted oak to the vase and age the tequila in that. This is uncharted territory as all the recipes I could find call for white oak.
Some way of splitting the wood down to size: https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/?sort=none&q=split+logs
Table saw (optional, a hand saw would work)
Barbecue grill, or oven.
Air dried oak (recommend white oak if you have it).
100% Agave silver tequila