Copper Inlay Beech box

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Project by RichardH posted 06-20-2010 02:44 AM 1746 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small box is 3.25” wide by 2” tall. Arm-R-Seal finish. I rough turned the beech from a log about a year ago. The wood didn’t have a lot of figure or interesting color, so I decided to add a piece of copper to the top.

I’ve used copper like this before in the bottom of an ash bowl that I made. These are small cutoffs from a place called I have a lot of additional small pieces that I plan to incorporate into a handful of other small projects.

Only tricky part is cutting a perfectly round piece out of the thin copper sheets.


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#1 posted 06-20-2010 02:48 AM

Unique box it looks great very nice work.

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#2 posted 06-20-2010 06:04 AM

Well, I think the wood is quite nice, but the added copper is cool too.

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#3 posted 06-20-2010 11:47 AM

Nice project.. Question I don’t know if it is possible or not, can the oxidation of the copper get into the wood?

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#4 posted 06-20-2010 12:17 PM

richard: can you double stick tape the copper to a faceplate and cut the copper with a lathe tool while it’s spinning? It would be much easier than with scissors or such…

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#5 posted 06-20-2010 03:24 PM

Thanks everyone.

Eagle1, It’s a good question and I really don’t know the answer. These little swatches of copper have already been treated with all sorts of chemicals to give them the patina that they have. It does make sense that over time, some of it could affect the wood. On the other hand, they regularly use this stuff for table tops, bar tops, etc. My guess is that once it is all sealed up and finished that it is pretty stable. Part of these little experiments with it is to play around a bit before trying it on some larger projects. One LJ posted a garden gate out of a lot of this stuff that looks excellent.

Michelletwo, that’s pretty much the method I wound up following. The challenge becomes getting the cut disc back off the tape without introducing lots of wrinkles…you need tape (or glue) that is just barely aggressive enough to hold the disc in place – BUT, you don’t want this sharp copper disc flying off your lathe!

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