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  1. #1
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    Sep 2004
    ,Yosemite region

    Default Sharing Knowledge , Wood is Good

    Been working wood and copper smithing for a long while, keeps me busy and happy on my day off.
    To some it may be just a pile of scraps and that is all well and good.
    But as for me wood is good

    This wooden tool chest I crafted from an old water tank a good friend gave me.
    I modeled it for my Son after his grandfathers kennedy tool chest..
    Redwood , purple heart and copper.

    Just thought some fly fishing craftsmen might be interested.

    Shown above - Family Crest"
    My Grandfathers Gold railroad pin
    in front of a Purple Heart Stake with Thin Blue Line
    Gathered between silver forged letters
    mounted on a Granite and copper frame base...

    Side note:
    I perfected a known process to etch the copper to add lettering & patina .
    Uses salt , standard black & white laser printer, with a touch of corn meal baked to a golden brown to
    make dextrin.. The process involves baking and cooking the cornmeal to form a coating that is applied to
    printer paper once dry you print the image or lettering to make a resist for the electro etching process.
    Then Iron on the resist to the copper piece. Its take a while to get it just right , but worth it.
    and the process is [u]much more friendly to work with over harsh chemicals used with other methods.

    The black laser ink is attached with heat to stick to the copper forming an insulator ( a resist ) the
    etching process now eats away at the copper leaving raised letters that will buffed afterwards.

    Last edited by Steve Molcsan; 07-12-2020 at 10:26 PM.
    Steve Molcsan"The two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why? -Unknown

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    Mar 2009
    North Georgia


    Wow! Steve, that's wonderful work! Beautiful ! Thanks for sharing

  3. #3
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    Nov 2004
    Lake In The Hills. IL USA


    Hey Steve,
    Quite the process. Great results. VERY nice work.


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    Dec 2003
    28433 N State Lamoni, Ia 50140


    That is a treasure.


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    Aug 2004
    Petaluma, Ca, USA


    Simply GRAND!
    ....lee s.

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    Jun 2006
    NE Gwinnett Co., GA


    I love woodworking, most of my projects not as complex as your chest. But, I have a scrap wood supply I have been able to access for the last could of years, matter of fact there is some cabinet grade 3/4" plywood lying under some heavy steel pieces that is breaking my heart. But I love turning scrap 2 x 6 into unicorn stick horses for little girls. I'm learning a little about carving with power tools, one of my next projects is a bream shaped picture frame for my old fishing buddy in Mississippi.
    Want to hear God laugh? Tell him Your plans!!!

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