I'm considering trying some copper angle mixed with oak plywood just to
cover the edges and provide something a bit different.
Does anyone have any experience, advice, or sources for thin metals that
would blend well with woodwork?
My favorite piece of woodworking of all time is mahogany with silver
inlay. Cherry and stainless is nice. I've also used copper and oak.
I wanted a metal dowel shape on one piece so I used 1/2" plumbing
copper as one of the, ahem, elements. It coordinated nicely. I used
Scotchbrite to clean up the copper, make it nice and shiny and remove
the printing. As the copper patinated over time it still looked great.
Got a lot of compliments on that one. I was concerned that the
tannins in the oak might do something funky with the copper, stain the
oak or whatever, but it never happened.
I have an old "antique" chest that I got from a friend of mine that
inherited a house full of old furniture that I am restoring. It is
literally about 80 - 90 years old.
It was made from cedar and is made to be a blanket chest.
On all four vertical corners there were brass 2"X2" angles installed
with little tiny brass screws.
Didn't really like the style, but after cleaning up the cedar and
metal, they look great together.
I buffed out the metal with tripoli to get off the crud and took it all
the way down to jeweler's rouge. I cleaned off the pieces with lacquer
thinner, and will probably lacquer them with some musical instrument
The shiny metal and the red/blond wood look so good together I am
thinking of making a matching piece since this may now become a coffee
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