Rustic Hammered Copper Table

About: I am a teacher who enjoys environmentally responsible woodworking. Most evenings will find me in the shop working with my now 8 year old son Shay who is both my greatest helper and biggest fan.

We made this as a donation item for a school fundraiser. The heart of the build was some epic century old fir planks, the kind of timber you almost never see anymore. The idea way to build an incredibly simple, almost crude farm table edged and accented with old hammered copper sheeting.

You have two options to see how I made this, fast and slow. If you are one of those people who doesn't need a whole lot of step by step instructions and just want the inspiration click the FAST VIDEO link below. If this is new to you or if you want to see the build in much greater detail click the SLOW VIDEO link below. If you would like to see the table auctioned off for charity click the AUCTION VIDEO below. The links will open a new tab and you will not lose your place here.




In it's simplest form: I took a fabulous vintage fir plank and attached it via pocket screws to a picture frame of weathered wood. I used glue and screws to attach short legs of that same weathered wood to the frame. I then cut patina copper and edged the entire table, hammering it over to provide a smooth transition and a worked edge. This was attached with small nails and then the nails themselves were hidden behind vintage salvaged upholstery tacks. To trim out the lower frame I cut and shaped copper trim to cover the crude joints. The finish was a water based polyurethane that was simply brushed on. Anyone could do it!


No vintage copper to hand? Wipe it down with common household ammonia for an instant old look!

Upholstery places will have buckets of old mismatched upholstery tacks on hand. Call and ask, a case of beer got me a lifetime supply.



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    2 years ago

    It looks like your video didn't embed properly. Just a heads up.

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