This will show you how to cover an old table with copper sheeting.  I used a sheet metal brake (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brake_%28sheet_metal_bending%29) and while it helps make nice corners it's not necessary.  These instructions assume that you can cover the table with one sheet of copper; i.e. there are no seams.

If you are interested in this see the page with the discussion on the copper aging over time.

Step 1: Tools and materials

Table (duh)
Glue (I used TC-20)
Just-for-Copper epoxy
Wood for clamping (I used 2 2x4's)
Short tacks
Small piece of flat wood for bending.

Tools you'll need:
Metal snips
Clamps (at least 4)
Safety razors
Work gloves
Sheet metal brake
Sandpaper for metal
Light hammer
Ink/glue roller (optional)

Some people use a common  adhesive like Liquid Nails but I used TC-20, a copper adhesive from www.veneersupplies.com.  It's more expensive (~$25 w/ shipping) but compared to the cost of the copper it's not much.

<p>This would work well with other metals as well; zinc, stainless, (rusted steel might be interesting).. whatever. I don't have a brake, so when I wanted a stainless skirt to fit around the bottom of my over the range microwave (I wanted it to look like one of those custom range hoods), I had the local Air Conditioning shop cut out and bend the complex shape. It cost me about $50 in total. </p><p>BTW, I just checked online. A 36&quot; by 48&quot; sheet 0.21&quot; thick runs $149.82. </p>
I was wondering would it be very hard to prematurely age the table top? And on a scale of 1-10 (1 easiest, 10 hardest) how would you rate this project for a first timer working from home?<br>
<p>It depends on how fast you want to create the patina. You can accelerate the process by constantly getting the surface wet and letting it dry but I would expect that to still take a few weeks at least. Take a look at this page for other ideas: <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Oxidize-Copper" rel="nofollow">http://www.wikihow.com/Oxidize-Copper</a></p><p>I'll rate this one a 5. I did this project without prior experience so it's not too hard but I did have some woodworking-type skills. Do you have access to a brake? It'll be tough to get sharp corners without one. </p>
<p>Any advice for doing a table with seams and no brake?</p>
<p>That's going to be tough. It depends on how many seams you have. If you have just one then maybe glue the two sheets to the table and bend them as well as you can.</p><p>If you're good with a saw something else you can consider is cutting all the pieces and gluing them to the table. You'll want to be able to cut the pieces with a bevel so they fit tight together at the corners. That's what these people did: http://ths.gardenweb.com/discussions/2672975/i-did-it-diy-copper-countertops</p>
<p>I was thinking it didn't need to be 'clean' looking something along these lines (more of a industrial/foundry look): <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-INMlntuspOc/T8QjH7AwRiI/AAAAAAAAOFg/CbRCuUglGdw/s1600/copper+top+table+7.jpg" rel="nofollow">http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-INMlntuspOc/T8QjH7AwRiI/...</a> maybe some overlap between the seams? </p><p>I was thinking glue and 'aesthetic rivets' should work for it..<br><br>much appreciated with the input!</p>
<p>It depends on the planned use for your table. Your example could work but it will tough to keep it waterproof, especially with all the rivets, and that could be a problem for a kitchen table. A work desk would be fine. The more cuts (i.e. seams) you have the more chances there are for getting it wrong (when I do stuff I seem to find all the ways to do it wrong :) ).</p><p>I've covered my kitchen counters in copper with a couple of seams and I soldered the seams with lead-free solder. It's tough to get it right so I suggest practicing a few times on scrap copper (or get a plumber to do it). Most of my seams came out well but one in particular looks rough.</p><p>You can have an overlap between the seams but then there will be a bump all along the seam where the copper sheets overlap. You could use a router to cut a channel in the wood so that the overlap lies flatter in the table.</p><p>On a largely unrelated note, if you ever build your table, try rolling magnetic spheres (<a href="https://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=S4" rel="nofollow">like these</a>) quickly across the top of the copper. You'll be surprised at what happens (at least I was but maybe that's because I'm a science nerd).</p>
<p>awesome, thanks for the tips!</p><p>I'm not too worried about 'messing it up' as it should look rough and industrial at the end of it. Good call on the waterproofing as it will be used for dining... will need to think that one over a bit more.</p><p>Truly appreciate your input and looking forward to magnetic experiment! </p>
<p>If it does have dents, you could give it a hammered texture for a different look, this could also hide impurfections if say someone dropped a heavy object on the table. </p><p>Neat idea, wish I had the time and tools to build something similar. Would love to see how the table looks today!</p>
<p>Hmm, I guess I never did come back and post pictures. For reasons I won't bore you with I can't take pictures of the table right now but the following are various pictures from my Instructables that have the table in it. Not great but they'll give you an idea of what the finish looks like now. I'll try to remember to post better pictures when I have them.</p>
Nice revamp of an ordinary table!<br>One could use lead-free solder on the corners if so inclined.<br>Copper cleans easily with vinegar and salt solution and a soft cloth.<br>Don't use scrubbers unless you want the scraches and swirl marks.<br>If one wanted too keep it bright they could use clear spray paint in gloss or satin, varnish it with lacquer, urethane or even just automotive wax to slow down the tarnishing.<br>Acid etch a design with masking or screen print methods and then clear-coat.<br>So many possibilities!
I've seen it done without using glue. They used the fancy upholstery nails (the ones that have a pattern on top) to nail it on with the nails being spaced close together.
&nbsp;This is very pretty! &nbsp;It would look awesome in a steampunk environment.
Your table is beautiful.&nbsp; I think I might glue copper pennies on to mine since I don't have your clever &nbsp;skills.

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