Sofa Table

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Project by Grantman posted 12-08-2010 02:43 AM 2127 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this sofa table for the family room. The top is Canary wood and the base is 1/2” copper plumbing pipe. The slabs are ‘V’ shaped ever so slightly (center depth of slab is 1-1/8” and the edges are 7/8”. Overall dimensions are 72” x 12-1/2” x 30”.

The hardest part was getting the patina on the copper. It never got to where I wanted it to be but in many ways, it came out better. The happiness of creation, eh?

In retrospect I should have used 3/4” pipe as it’s a little flimsy, but as long as no one bumps into it, it should be fine. The detail between the slabs mirrors the detail at the bottom of the legs.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with it…and more importantly, so is my wife. ;-)

It took me four times after posting, editing, and saving changes, to get more than two pictures uploaded. Thoughts?

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 02:52 AM

What did you use to add the patina? The old copper roofs in Europe used to use mare’s urine to give them that green aged patina. There apparently is something about the make up of the urine that works on copper. Never done it myself so don’t know how effective it is.

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 04:11 AM

I used Liver of Sulphur but it only took to parts of the pipe. I couldn’t get a full coating. It was very blotchy. Even after I contacted the and got a little info from them, I couldn’t get what I wanted. 10 years ago I made plant hangers for our deck for Mother’s Day out of pipe and now they all have a very rich sable brown finish. That’s what I was looking for.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have five years to wait for the base to oxidize on the deck before I brought it in. I’ve heard that the acids in urine actually work on a lot of copper. I can’t drink enough beer to make it happen, though. ;-)

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 11:58 AM

I really like work with mixed materials and this is a beaut. Not sure I could look at the piece the same way if I knew it had urine all over it though. Whew. Unique piece and nice job.

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 06:10 PM

Nice design. I also like the mixed material use, and I really like the two piece floating top. That Canary wood is just begging to be touched though, so the bumping factor might be real. :)

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