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aluminum foot locker w black walnut and copper stitching

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Project by tabs posted 12-01-2016 04:30 AM 567 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest project—nothing special, just made a lid for an old aluminum tote I picked up at an auction for $11. It had a ratty plywood top which I wanted to keep, but was just too far gone and pretty plain, but the underside was cool so instead I turned it upside down and jammed it into the inside bottom as a unique liner.

The top was planed down to 1/2” and includes some live edge and a few worm holes, but the coolest natural aspect to it is in pic #4: this particular tree had a handful of lead muzzleloader balls inside and that’s a pit from one. Most of the lead got sucked up when sawed/planed, but we have some cherry with the lead still embedded and I’m going to try to save it for a unique piece.

Anyway, the top was too wide to fit through our planer so I opted to glue it up into two pieces and glue them together, but the wood was too thin and kept wanting to pop up when clamped so I had to figure something else out. I’ve been trying to use copper in my woodworking and have used decorative stitching on a few pieces, but never for structural purposes. Double wire stitched top and bottom and with the hinges in place the top is very sturdy and moves smoothly as one piece.

Overall I like it. Let me know what you think.





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wuddoc

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#1 posted 12-01-2016 05:03 AM

I like the way you think outside the box when problem solving. No pun intended. Very creative.

-- Wuddoc

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#2 posted 12-01-2016 07:29 AM

Awesome rustic look. Nice combination of materials and colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-02-2016 01:25 PM

Great idea with the wire! I’ll have to borrow that!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#4 posted 12-02-2016 01:41 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I love the way BW and copper compliment each other so well. I’ve got plenty of other projects in mind if I could just figure out a way to fill voids with melted copper. One day, one day….

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#5 posted 12-12-2016 11:58 PM

Have you tried to fill the voids with inlay metal powder? I have used various powders with CA glue for inlays and engravings created by my laser. Not only have I filled wood but also granite engravings.

Check out: http://www.sokolowskistudios.com/NewFiles/misupply.htm

-- Wuddoc

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#6 posted 12-13-2016 01:37 PM

I haven’t yet, but I’ve got a pound of copper powder sitting in my Amazon cart waiting to be bought so that’s gonna be happening soon. My only concern is that it won’t look ‘fluid’ enough, at least in my imagination. I’d prefer it to appear to be one solid chunk of copper rather than a bunch of shavings. Then there’s the fact that I’d want to patina the copper too, and I’m not sure how well that would take with the CA glue etc…

I just need to shut up and try it already.

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#7 posted 12-16-2016 12:47 AM

Attached is a picture of the four powders we have. Using a laser we engraved 1/16” deep and then followed the instructions from the video that we had purchased prior to thi

s attempt.

-- Wuddoc

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