Crusty Copper Container

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Project by splintergroup posted 05-17-2022 07:22 PM 699 views 11 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Project post #101 (woot! woot!)

Since I made the twisted copper wire inlay in my last installment, I had to try it out. The epoxy was dyed for a translucent red.

Mainly scraps and leftovers from other experiments and projects, I has some panels of patinated copper that were so-so on the results. Perfect for a copper themed box…

General dimensions of the box are 9”x 4” x 3-1/2”, Walnut and jatoba with Minwhack satin poly on the outside.

The fronts side panels are some walnut burl, construction is frame and panel. The inside of all the panels was veneered with walnut.

The back panel is just plain walnut.

Inside was deep enough to warrant a tray.

Some jatoba strips on the side panels provide resting points

Tray is jatoba with a walnut lift using twisted wire and blue mica filler. Wish I had used the same for the legs, would have added better contrast and matched with the copper panels.

Interior bottoms (tray and box) covered with black felt.

The lid has copper on the top and walnut on the inside of the panel. I made the lid with simple butt joint construction (epoxied) and then to install the panel, I decided to do a framed construction with alternating strips of jatoba to strengthen the corners.

The raw lid frame all glued up:

Resawed on the BS and flattened for the frame strips:

Glued sammich style and edge routed for the profile.

Glue up of the framed case took a few clamps! I do these type of glueups on a granite surface plate to keep everything flat.

Took some time but I’ve learned a few things for “next time”

Thanks for the comments and dropping in for a look!

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#1 posted 05-17-2022 07:56 PM

OUT-DAMN-STANDING !! Too many fine details to point out any particulars

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 05-17-2022 08:02 PM

If those patinated copper panels were ‘so so’, I’d love to see the better ones.
I haven’t been able to get a copper patina to survive after finish is applied.
How do you do it?

Fantastic Box! Such a beautiful creation.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#3 posted 05-17-2022 08:09 PM

Thanks Dick!

Jim. I’ve found that doing the patina with vinegar and salt (green) leaves a soft patina that needs great care. The ammonia and salt (blue) leaves a hard patina.

I’ll develop the patina, then rinse it off followed by a “gentle” scrub with a green pad. I let it dry again then apply some spray can shellac to seal it all off. I’ll then top coat with either poly or sealer/precat lacquer.

If you pick at it, trouble will happen, but it is surprisingly tough. I do try to design so that the surface will not take abuse (recessed, etc.)

This is the same process on a floor lamp project:

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#4 posted 05-17-2022 08:22 PM

Good god, Splint… that’s a beauty! Now that is a work of art!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#5 posted 05-17-2022 08:31 PM

Beautiful work Bruce!
Absolutely love it and its a wonderful showcase of so many different techniques you’ve been working on and developing. Each part compliments the next and the whole is still greater than the sum of all the parts.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 05-17-2022 08:34 PM

wow, that is beautiful…........jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-17-2022 08:47 PM

Very unique looking Splint. Hats off for trying new things and coming up with this great design.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 05-17-2022 09:10 PM

Very nice, Splint! There’s a lot going on there, and I think it’s all good. Wowzers!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 05-17-2022 10:06 PM

Thank you fellows!

Turned out a bit “busier” than I had expected but it was interesting to build up as I had no real plans on where it was all headed.

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#10 posted 05-17-2022 10:29 PM

That is beautiful Splinter. So many details, and the copper stands out in a really good way. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#11 posted 05-17-2022 10:43 PM

Thanks Eric 8^)

The inlay should darken somewhat, even with the finish over it, making it all mush together a tad more.

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#12 posted 05-17-2022 10:55 PM

Smiled all the way through that read Bruce. As usual the written word is a roadmap, and the thoughts, and execution are mad scientist. Both crazy and Great.


I knew I’d see that twisted wire in something awesome. Nice work.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 05-18-2022 12:20 AM

Tremendous detail on this box all blends in together well. The copper inlay flows with the rest of the project nicely

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#14 posted 05-18-2022 12:32 AM

Splinter, that is a beauty. The copper is a great add.

-- Dan, TN

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 05-18-2022 01:05 AM

Don’t know where to begin. I’ll start with Wow!

And I’ll continue with such harmony of cool copper green patina contrasting so wonderfully with the warm hues of the walnut wood.

Not to mention the great design elements of your angles and overall perfect execution, finish and your style to this piece of beautiful art.

That’s where those creative copper wire pieces were bound.

I’m so glad I can be joined here At LJ’s with such skilled craftsman like you.

Best Regards,

-- James E McIntyre

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