Crusty Copper Clad Container

Project Information

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 blue 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!
Nicely done Splinter, I really like the copper patina and the Walnut, they go well together. Nice write up too.

Main Street to the Mountains

Nice use of patina!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice! I have some copper sheet left over from a couple of other projects and want to make some patinated panels. I'll get to them eventually...

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

Beautiful Container a lot of good detail wonderful choice of materials and excellent workmanship Splinter,


-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

wow that is just stunning splint.i love that patina on the copper with the walnut,but i really love the look of the copper wire detail ! too bad you didn't have this in the contest,the outcome may have been different ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

That is a real beauty, Bruce........................Cheers, Jim

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day