Saturday, January 6, 2018

Copper Veneer Is Beautiful

I am in the middle of a project building floor to ceiling bookshelves across one wall of our living room. It’s a rather larger project than I normally take on and has provided many unique and stimulating challenges both in design and fabrication... We decided on a gentle arch at the top of each book case and in order for them not to look ordinary and drab I’m experimenting with some antiqued copper veneers that I got from Veneer Supplies.com The same place I got the wonderful dark burl I used to make our Veneered Mantle. I chickened out and didn’t buy any of the really weird and wonderful copper patinas available, but opted for a sheet of just the antiqued stuff to experiment with.  this stuff is beautiful.

This is just a test run to hang one up so that She Who Must Be Obeyed can get a feel for it and make sure that it’s what she wants before I commit to making a dozen of these things. There are only 6 bookshelves, but there will be an arch at the top section, and an arch below the library ladder rail 8 feet up. With each part of this project I keep thinking that won’t be a lot of extra work, and then I remember that oh, there are six bookshelves so I have to do it six times. And then with these I have to make twice that number. But it will be worth it, these look fantastic.

Now if only I could make the stain on the routed edge look a bit more even. I will have to sand that a lot more aggressively to smooth out the wood before applying the stain on the real ones.

Dont worry about the slightly funky edges. I made it an inch or so wider than it needs to be and will trim those off to perfection on the table saw before putting it into place.









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