Copper Inlayed Wood Plaque





Introduction: Copper Inlayed Wood Plaque

About: I enjoy simple DIY projects and enjoy sharing them with others. I'm 33 and I am a sheet metal worker by trade. I really enjoy remodeling and making things. I'm married and have two wonderful children.

This is my first Instructable, but I hope everyone enjoys it!

Step 1: Step 1: Cutting Out the Design

I found this design on Google images, saved it to my computer and printed it off. I used some spray adhesive to glue the paper on the wood. Trying to center it as best as I could. I used a piece of pine, as I found using a soft wood is best for this application. I used a regular utility knife blade to cut out the edges of the flower. And then peeled off the paper.

Step 2: Step 2: Carving the Outline

Using a Dremel and a #108 wood carving bit with the height attachment (approx 1/8 inch) I slowly followed the marks from the razor blade. I then used a shop vac to get the remaining sawdust out of the carving.

Step 3: Step 3: Inlay the Copper

I used some regular 14 gauge wire that I had left over from wiring my house and garage. I peeled off the insulation on the wire and softly flattened it with a hammer on the concrete floor in my garage. Then I softly tapped the copper into the cutout I did with the Dremel. After It was tapped in, I super glued it in a couple spots. Using needlenose pliers helped a lot with bending around the tight curves.

Step 4: Step 4: Trim Up the Plaque

I used my miter saw and table saw to center up the picture.

Step 5: Step 5: Fill the Gaps

Using some wood glue and some sawdust I collected from my orbital sander, i filled in the cracks ALL the way around EACH part of the inlay to fill in the gaps. I let the glue set up and sanded the face and sides. I didn't show it in the picture, but I also used a router to give the plaque a nice edge.

Step 6: Step 6: Stain and Poly

I used Minwax Red Mahogany #225 and a Minwax one coat polyurethane to finish it.

For a more detailed instructable on this and other projects you can see the video on my YouTube Channel at

Thanks for looking!



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    This is great! Thank you for sharing, I'm going to try it out

    Looks great, has given me an idea for my desk build!

    Very nice looking plaque. This could make some really impressive wall art.