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Arts & Crafts Style Inspired End Table Set with Hand Made Hammered Copper Leaf Handle

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 05-27-2006 02:46 PM 7496 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two End Tables were part of a commission of work, and so they have been sold.

To commission your own end tables, click here to visit my Etsy store

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You can see more of this table at my website

If you are interested in commissioning your own tables, please email me at: mark@decoustudio.com

Copper Hardware: I have received questions about where I found this White Oak Leaf Hardware. I made it! These are an original design I fashioned out of copper plate and hammered and soldered it together.

If you would like to have me make you a handle, email me. For the right size order, we can also have them cast in pewter, or bronze, email me for more information.

Here is a list of the Arts & Crafts Projects I have posted that were part of this commission:
  1. Sectioned Entertainment Center
  2. Orchid Stand/Wine Storage
  3. End Tables
  4. Coffee Table
  5. Table Lamps
  6. Prairie Couch
  7. Morris Chairs & Ottomans

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Project Story:

  • Quartersawn White Oak
  • Walnut Pegs and Dovetail Butterflies
  • Walnut Dovetailed Drawer Box
  • Hammered Copper Leaf Drawer Handle (built it myself)

Thanks for reading,
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.

Arts and Crafts, Mission Style Related Projects:
  1. Arts & Crafts Entry Table; with Carved Oak Leaves
  2. Arts & Crafts Orchid Stand w/ Wine Bottle Storage
  3. Arts & Crafts Style Morris Inspired Chairs
  4. Arts & Crafts Display Top Coffee Table
  5. Arts & Crafts Style Inspired End Table Set
  6. Arts & Crafts Style Inspired Prairie Couch
  7. Table Lamps
  8. Arts & Crafts Carved Entertainment Center
  9. Mission Entertainment Center
Church & Worship-Art Related Projects:
  1. Carved Communion Table
  2. Carved Roll Top Sound Equipment Cabinet
  3. Fancy Chuch Altars
  4. Processional Cross
  5. Fancy Speaker's Lectern
  6. Church Hymn Number Board
  7. Communion Chalice (Cup) and Paten
Art-Furniture Related Projects:
  1. Sam Maloof Inspired Walnut Rocker
  2. Original Art Carved Tilt Front Desk, inspired by Birger Sandzen
  3. Natural Edge; Nakashima Inspired Coffee Table
  4. Decoratively Painted Box End Tables
  5. Birch China Cabinet for Cut Glass Collection
Rustic, Western, Cedar Log, and Cowboy Related Projects:
  1. Naughty (Knotty) Refined Rustic White Oak & Black Walnut China Hutch
  2. A Kansa Indian and Buffalo Accent Art-Chair
  3. Refined Rustic Dining Chairs
  4. Refined Rustic Dining Table
  5. Cowboy-Western Style Suitcase/Luggage Support Racks
  6. Fun With Cedar Logs #1; Sitting Stool
  7. Fun With Cedar Logs #2; Coat/Hat/Spur Rack
  8. Fun With Cedar Logs #3; Western Style Hat/Coat Rack
  9. Fun With Cedar Logs #4; Entryway Stool
Outdoor Furniture Related:
  1. Kennebunkport Style Adirondack Chair
  2. Outdoor Garden Wedding Arbor
  3. Outdoor Project: Cedar Wood Double Settee

(All text, photos, and project designs are protected by copyright M.A. DeCou 4-28-2008, all rights reserved)

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com





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Karson

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#1 posted 03-10-2007 01:26 AM

Mark:

A very nice table, and I can see that nothing was scrimped on the drawer sides also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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David

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#2 posted 05-03-2007 01:17 AM

Mark -

Slowly catching up on older posts. As you know I love your work and craftsmanship. This is absolutely beautiful! What advice would you have for someone wanting to learn how to make hammered copper hardware?

I like the hammered copper drawer stop!

Best Regards,
David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Chip

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#3 posted 05-03-2007 03:13 AM

I can’t believe there aren’t 50 or 60 comments on this gem. This is unbelievable craftsmanship and amazing attention to detail Mark. I am in awe of the many abilities it took to do this piece. Outstanding.

I have to send a thanks out to David for shuffling this beaut back to the front of the line.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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David

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#4 posted 05-03-2007 06:28 AM

Chip -

I agree with you! Mark really does outstanding work and is very inspirational. The entire collection in this commission set is spectacular.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Jeffrey

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#5 posted 05-03-2007 06:35 AM

Love the trough tenons, love the hammered handles, love the bowties, love it, love it, love it. Very well built and finished! Cograts-

-- Jeff - Bellevue,Ne.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 05-03-2007 02:27 PM

Wow, thanks guys, what a surprise to see these new comments this morning. I had Hoped by using the copper handle for the 1st thumbnail photo, that more people would be curious about the project and would take a look. Nowadays, there are so many great projects here in Lumberjocks, that is hard to see all of them. Just yesterday, I stumbled onto a cool cross made for a church in the Katrina area that I had missed some how when it was posted. The “shuffle” feature works great, and I appreciate Martin adding it.

These end tables are pretty slick (I say humbly with my head bowed), and I wish at times I had them in my house. Their size and detail would make them easy to take to shows and demonstrate my work, and they would be useful in our home between shows. They live only a mile away, so if I ever need to borrow them, I can do that.

The copper hardware is not all that complicated. When I get a chance, I will try to write up more of a “how-to” direction for making them, but I am just swamped right now with life and work. It might make a cool eBook project demonstration where I could use photos and video to demonstrate the process.

I was sitting this morning (won’t tell you where I was sitting), looking at the calendar, and the sinking feeling that my Harley-Davidson themed “Thorsen Table” project I am dreaming about probably won’t happen in time for the end of May deadline for the Challenge. That is a sickening feeling for sure, as I was enjoying the thought of this design, and a modern contemporary piece of furniture being added to the “Challenge.” Oh well.

The church I am working for has added more work to my commission, and I have a hard month to get it all done in time for their big dedication ceremony the last Sunday this month. I also am on a timeline with the building of a Mission-Style casket for my uncle. I’m not sure how long he has, so it is a higher priority than my Thorsen Challenge project for sure. My uncle called last week and we discussed the details of his casket, and it is a real comfort to him to have me making it for him. I don’t want to let him down for sure.

For the copper hardware it is really pretty simple. I just drew a leaf shape on a piece of cardboard, and cut it out with scissors. Then, moving to 1/8” thick copper plate, I transferred the leaf design by drawing around the template. I then carefully cut out the shape with a 1/8” blade on the bandsaw.

After the leaf is cut out, I hand file the edge to get it smooth, and sand the top and bottom surface to get a consistent brushed look. Then, I heat treat the copper to soften it and start the hammer peening and shaping.

Then, I make a rectangle back plate the same way. The leaf stands off of the back plate with copper plugs I solder between the leaf and backplate. The next step is that I make copper bolts using thick wire and solder a square head on the threads. This square head is the same size as the wood pegs used in the wood joinery. Next, I make copper nuts, and sheet metal washers, and then, the magic of patina takes over and the handles color with age.

The copper looks now like an old 1940’s penny, with some shiny spots where the customer’s hand touches the handle to open and close the drawer. The photos I have here in this posting were all taken the day I finished the table and so the hardware is all polished up. It took a few weeks for the shiny look to disappear, and a few months for the old penny look to show up. This could be speeded up with chemicals, but the customer and I decided to let it go naturally, and not make it look like factory made hardware!

See, not so hard! It is all pretty old-school in my shop, no fancy anything to make stuff with. I wonder at times if those guys that have laser and water jets know how to do anything if the electricty goes out, or the computer crashes.

This handle process takes about 8-10 hours for the first handle. Now, that I know what I’m doing, know which tap and die to use, which copper material to use where, etc., I can make 2-3 in a day depending on the complexity of the shape.

My favorite copper handles are the ones on my Orchid Plant Stand http://lumberjocks.com/projects/31

The flower shape was a lot of fun to work out. Once I dreamed it up and showed it on my proposal sketch for the customer, they loved it. Then, I had to figure out how to actually make them, which I hadn’t done in the proposal! It is easy to draw up a flower and label it with lettering to say “Orchid Bloom Copper Handle”, but making it was another thing altogether.

The Orchid Leaf Handles were also a lot of fun, but constituted a change in the design. After making the first two Flower Bloom handles, I decided that I didn’t want to repeat that two more times, but wanted to do something more atistic than just repeating the same thing. So, I proposed the leaf idea to the customer, and they liked that, and allowed me to put them lower on the doors to help the sculptural feel of the project. The flower and leaves took more time to build than the Oak Leaves, but the same process was used.

Another fun copper project was the swinging Acorn latch I did for the coffee table in the posting http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45

I did buy an acetylene bottle accessory kit with some Christmas money I got, so I can use my acytelene torch rig the next time I make hardware. I have been using a gas bottle propane torch. I have learned to adapt to what I have to use, and be content, that is until I get Christmas money! I have the acetylene bottles in my shop, but the hoses had gone bad. Now, thanks to Harbor Freight, I have the accessory kit for the next handle job.

thanks for the nice comments.
Mark DeCou
www.decoustudio.com

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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PanamaJack

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#7 posted 05-03-2007 02:57 PM

Words cannot possibly describe the beauty of this table. A museum quality piece of woodworking art for sure. Great job Mark!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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David

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#8 posted 05-03-2007 06:17 PM

Well Mark, what can I say? So tyoical of you to spend precious time for a wonderful entry. I had fun revisiting some of your earlier piecesI agree with PanamaJack: “museum quality”! Well, I think I have the hammered copper bug. I used to make silver jewelry and did a bit of leather work. I am hoping that these rudimentry skills will help when I experiment with copper. Thanks again!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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oscorner

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#9 posted 05-09-2007 10:04 AM

Mark, sorry it took so long for me to see this one. What an exquisite piece! Gorgeous!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Mark A. DeCou

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#10 posted 05-27-2007 07:05 AM

David: using your silver skill will work fine with Copper. It is easy to work, you just need the inspiration, hope I helped with that.

PanamaJack and Mark: you are both kind. Thanks for your comments.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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trifern

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#11 posted 06-15-2008 03:26 PM

Simply awesome.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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SteveKorz

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#12 posted 02-06-2009 03:16 AM

Mark- This table is fantastic! The copper pull is awesome… You do some amazing work.

Steve.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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