Copper Top Box

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Project by Chaotic posted 05-16-2009 05:55 AM 1686 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a High School graduation gift for my brother. Body of the box is cherry, keys are walnut as is the lid lining. The top panel is copper fumed with ammonia. The finish is wipe on poly followed by 100 minutes in a tanning bed. Yes, I just typed that. I was going to make a liner with dividers to go in it but I realized I don’t have a clue what he might put in it, so I’ll just put a gift card redeemable for whatever shape and size divider he might want.

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 06:08 AM

Very very nice box most interesting top well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 06:32 AM

Well he should be very happy with it, you have created a family heirloom.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 06:49 AM

Nice work…did you put the ammonia in a cup and then bagged the copper with the ammonia? Or what?

-- Vince

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 07:20 AM

Great looking box. The copper top is definetly unique. I like it.

Keep up the good work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 07:56 AM

Very beautiful box with very nice lid.
Great work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 02:09 PM

Very, very cool!

Now I have to add a tanning bed to my list of wanted tools. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-18-2009 01:40 AM

Beautiful, Ive heard alot about fuming Ill have to inquire sometime

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina,

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#8 posted 12-19-2011 08:07 PM

Fumed copper? How do you do that? It looks so interesting.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 12-20-2011 08:50 AM

This was rock salt on the copper and suspended above ammonia in a sealed container. I really didn’t leave it long enough as I tend to get impatient.

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