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Project by Peter Brown posted 05-26-2014 03:11 AM 970 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is actually the second box I made this weekend. The first one came out great, but I had a major allergic reaction to it.

So I ended up using my last piece of redwood wine barrel. As such the shop smelled strongly of wine during most of the build!

45 degrees angles on my box cutting sled

Glue up with some 1/8 plywood scraps.

Working with the copper was my favorite part of this build

Cut it open, and then hammered it flat.

Heated with a torch for some color

I also got to try mixing epoxy with coffee grounds. It helped fill some gaps in my copper inlay, and also smelled quite nice. The I poured the remainder of the clear epoxy over the top to seal in the copper and prevent fuhrer patina.

Although I forgot to film it, I did spray the box with two coats of lacquer. I guess I just got a little ahead of myself!

Here’s a video as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxi6OyEOFps

Thanks!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters





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Rick

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#1 posted 05-26-2014 04:54 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Peter! Great Details! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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aussiedave

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 11:23 AM

Nice box and I like the idea of using the copper pipe in the top…great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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leafherder

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 06:57 PM

Great job! I have always liked the combination of copper and wood. Great idea to use the copper pipe – I used to do enameling on copper plates and those can be expensive. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Peter Brown

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 07:43 PM

Thanks guys!

I agree the copper is the cool part of this. Over all the box is kinda ‘meh’ but I think the idea behind it is worth trying again!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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jimmyb

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#5 posted 05-31-2014 12:46 AM

I too love copper and wood. Can I ask, what size pipe did you use and what size square did that produce?

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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Dark_Lightning

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#6 posted 05-31-2014 01:36 AM

Nice torch work. The heat patination will fade, unfortunately, as the copper oxidizes further. I do copper smithing and would like that the people who publish this site would add copper smithing as another one beside the other two. I made a copper rose for my wife (patinated purple) with a copper vase for xmas 2012.

BTW, Rick, I love your signature- “Egotism Is The Anesthetic That Dulls The Pain Of Stupidity”. Too true!

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#7 posted 05-31-2014 06:57 PM

Big fan of copper, neat trick.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 05-31-2014 07:04 PM

Jimmy-

I was a 1” diameter and I got a 4×4 square out of it.

Dark_Lightning-
That sounds really cool! I’m going to look up copper rose!

Rick M.
Thanks!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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Dark_Lightning

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#9 posted 06-01-2014 12:21 AM

Here ya go. I copied this guy’s process, but made mine a little differently.

http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/showthread.php?s=b1e1c96766a1f83ed5547e175084de9d&t=32127

If you search just on roses there, you will find some made from steel. Those guys are good!

Here’s a pic of the one I gave my wife. I patinated it purple. I also made the vase and patinated it after kicking it around the back yard (literally- you can’t always get “random” wear and damage on the bench) for awhile to “age” it some first. You can’t see it, but there is a screw in the bottom that keeps the rose petals and leaves aligned. I painted it to look like a lady bug.

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