Bench with chemical patination

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Project by jcame posted 11-06-2008 04:55 PM 2093 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bench out of walnut and mahogany. The two bases are made out of plywood and veneered with copper sheeting. The patination took about two weeks to take but I am very pleased with the results. I know all of you have seen where I got the idea from (Woodworks DIY) if you have’nt. Hope you all like it.

-- Jed,Ala,

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#1 posted 11-06-2008 05:11 PM

LOVE the patina on the copper and the wedged through tenons. Very nice work. I like it better than David Marks’!

-- Regards, Norm

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#2 posted 11-06-2008 05:39 PM

Very nice, looks fantastic. How big a mess were the chemicals? Have you topcoated the patina or will you leave it exposed. Again, very nice.

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#3 posted 11-06-2008 05:50 PM

Cool. I really dig the use of the copper. Did you shellac over it to prevent the oxide from making a mess?

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#4 posted 11-06-2008 06:09 PM

It was very messy as far as the chemicals go but worth it I think. I topcoated the legs with laquer because I wanted a protective “shell” around the patina so it would keep its look for years to come. Thank You all for the kind remarks. I almost forgot, If any of you are considering ever doing something like this you must put some sort of topcoat on the patina because it has a tendency to flake off and you must put something on it to prevent it.

-- Jed,Ala,

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#5 posted 11-06-2008 06:10 PM

unusual but nice well done.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 11-06-2008 07:49 PM

Wow, this is cool! How do you do the patina? I’m not familiar with that process. This is really creative. Is the main bench board walnut or mahogany? It is a beautiful piece either way.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 11-06-2008 08:30 PM

Excellent results-

Did you buy your patina chemicals from Sculpt Nouveau? Or is it a mix it yourself recipe?

-- Steven

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#8 posted 11-07-2008 02:14 AM

A really beautiful piece!!
Would you mind posting the URL for the Woodworks DIY article?

-- Michael in Texas

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#9 posted 11-07-2008 03:08 AM

Sweet!!! Beautiful woodgrain.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 11-07-2008 06:05 AM

Well done, yep I remember seeing David marks make this on his show. Looks great.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#11 posted 11-07-2008 08:28 AM

I really like it. I have a box with some patination that I started at the end of summer, but really lost the fire for it after thinking the patination looked globby. I may need to finish it up now though. Your table looks great.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 11-07-2008 12:49 PM

Blake, The chemicals came from and I used two different colors on this project. You can order the chemicals seperately to achieve the color you want but I just got pre-mixed solutions (much easier)they have in different colors. First you have to mix up the solution with a bowl of saw dust and saturate the saw dust completely. Then you put the saturated saw dust on the freshly scuffed surface of the copper.When the copper is covered you wrap it up in clear plastic and clear is a must so that you can see how the process is going for the 2-3 weeks it has to sit while the patination forms. After it has reached the desired results you unwrap it very carefully because the patination is very delicate and flaky. Let it stand uncovered to dry then apply a clear finish of your choice. Its a little strenuous but worth it. The top board is walnut , the two posts underneath are mahogany,and the wedges are maple. Thanks for the comments!!

-- Jed,Ala,

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#13 posted 11-08-2008 09:15 AM

Very interesting process. Thanks for explaining it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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