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Project by docspencer posted 01-07-2017 11:10 PM 981 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not sure what to call this. My daughter got one as a present and my wife immediately said she had to have one. Not fancy or complicated but nice looking. Was fun working with the copper. Oh – my wife and granddaughter did the painting.

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#1 posted 01-07-2017 11:20 PM

Nice and clean!

Like they say…Happy wife Happy life!!

Nice job!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 01-08-2017 12:17 AM

Looks nice Doc, But besides looking nice whats it for?

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#3 posted 01-08-2017 12:24 AM

Thanks Mike. My wife put napkins, salt & pepper shakers, candle. Stuff.

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 05:02 PM

Great job. Very useful. A few questions: What are the overall dimensions? What gauge of copper did you use? Did you treat the copper with anything to keep it shiny or will you just let it darken naturally? Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 01-08-2017 10:43 PM

Thanks leafherder! In fact, thanks to everyone for the looks and comments.

Just to remind everyone, this is not my design. I pretty much copied it from a craft fair piece my daughter got for a present. In any event, I used 5/8” by 2 1/2” pine stock for the sides and 1/4” ply for the bottom. The outside dimensions are 18” long by 7 1/4” wide by 2 3/4” tall. I got the copper from Basic Copper ( and its 1” wide and .020” thick (don’t know what gauge that is). I didn’t think about treating the copper. What would you treat it with? Finally, I used panhead screws to fasten the copper to the box. Oh, and the copper strips are 19 1/2” long.

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#6 posted 01-09-2017 11:45 PM

Bare copper can be lacquered to keep it shiny, or treated with various chemicals to advance the natural aging process and produce a dark or green patina depending on your preference. With regular use those handles will develop a graduated coloration from areas where human skin oils and acids touch the copper frequently and keep it somewhat shiny, to darker areas that are rarely touched.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 01-12-2017 01:59 PM

That’s cool and elegant in my opinion

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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