As part of my on going office makeover (yes, it’s still in progress) Jerry built me a tall work bench. I showed him a picture, and it’s exactly what I was hoping for. This week I plan to finish the top, and add a patina to the copper base. Rather than the metal pipe base, which you see quite a bit with industrial salvage furniture, I wanted a copper base. Word of warning though; after making this work bench with a copper base, we now know why most are made with a metal pipe base. First, copper piping is expensive and second, it’s a much softer metal. Not nearly as sturdy, BUT it looks amazing. In order to make this bench really usable, we added a 1″x 2″ wood support bracket to the wall, and anchored it to the wood top (from the bottom only).
my plans for this project:
Stain and distress the wood top, get it as close to that reclaimed industrial wood look as possible – this I haven’t done before, so I’m looking forward to it. AND I found some very simple instructions on how to age and patina copper on eHow. Check it out if you have a project you’re working on yourself.
This work bench is on the wall, just left of my desk, and next to the door and closet. So far, it’s been great for packing up my Etsy shop orders. Once it’s done, I may also use it as an area to take product shots; throughout the day my office gets really nice filtered light.
Bench top – L: 6′ W: 18.5″ H: 1.5″
Overall Height – 40″