Copper top hall table

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Project by Rich_S posted 02-01-2008 08:49 PM 3469 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a copper top hall table that I made in a class with David Marks at the Mark Adams School of Woodworking. I know there were a couple other LJs in the class and I am curious to see how their tops turned if your out there post pictures so we can see. The table frame, stretchers and legs are walnut. The “feet” are wenge. What I went to learn about was David’s patination process for the top. The top is a copper sheet that was epoxied to a 1/2” piece of plwood which we spent a fair amount of time precisely fitting to the walnut framed of the top. Once the plywood was fitted, then we roughed up the back of the copper sheet with a coarse grinder disk, applied epoxy and put it in a vacuum press for clamping. After it had cured in the press then we trimmed the majority of the excess copper overhanging the plywood off on the bandsaw and the rest was trimmed up with a flush cutting bit in a router table. The patination process was incredibly interesting and consisted of applying resist materials of all sorts (only your imagination was the limit), then spraying the panel with David’s chemical cocktail, follwed by fuming in an outdoor tent to accelerate the chemical reactions overnight. I simply used sand as the resist on my panel and it was interesting to see the result evolve as I removed the sand. After cleanup the panel was protected with a coat of Renaissance wax. We got our tables almost finished during the week of the class, but not quite. I brought mine home and applied a coat of General Finishes Seal-aCell clear followed by serveral coats of General Finishes Oil/Urethane gloss and then one coat of General Finishes Oil/Urethance Semi-Gloss.

-- Rich, Madison WI

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#1 posted 02-01-2008 08:56 PM

Very nice table, Rich. I’d love to spend time working with David. As it stands, all I’ve done is had drinks with him!

I’m envious that you have actually applied the copper patina process that I’ve watched so many times. Great job.

-- Just another woodworker

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#2 posted 02-01-2008 08:59 PM

Well done.

-- Jiri

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 09:02 PM

That came out great!

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

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 09:55 PM

Very nice table. I remember seeing this episode on the tv series and thought that would be a nice project. This came out great. Obviously David Marks has been a formative influence on you. He is a wonderful teacher.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 10:45 PM

Great table, seen David Marks do some similar stuff with copper, really like the way it looks. Great job.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#7 posted 02-01-2008 11:23 PM

Great to have a teacher like David Marks. Beaut table.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 02-02-2008 12:27 AM

sweet potatoes !! that is one nice project posting

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 02-02-2008 12:32 AM

Very nicely done my friend!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#10 posted 02-02-2008 02:41 AM

Love the ‘texture’ of the patination. The sand you used as a resist looks like it did a wonderful job.
Great looking table.

-- Still learning everything

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#11 posted 02-02-2008 02:55 AM

Nice design…I would enjoy the ageing process of the two surfaces…Blkcherry

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#12 posted 02-02-2008 07:36 AM

Wonderful piece.

Very delicate design and the right proportions make for a winner. Add to it the greatly done patina on the copper that really matches the wood.

Please, post more of those interesting and original projects for us to enjoy.

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#13 posted 02-02-2008 12:08 PM

I’m a big fan of David Marks. Your table is very nice. Some day I’ll get an opportunity to take one of his classes.

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