Since my friend Sallie invited me to share my thoughts on When To BUY vs. When To DIY, I’ve been thinking more and more about what projects I invest in. I find myself gravitating toward more simple DIY’s for our home that don’t flat out scream “I MADE THIS!” as well as projects I already have most of the materials for. Since I had most of the materials for this project, and a friend to lend me a pipe cuter and sander, I only spent $8 on this project for the copper pipe that I am sure I’ll get some more use out of. Keep your eyes peeled for ALL the copper DIY’s 😉
I saw a serving board like this on a recent home tour and loved the idea. I painted our kitchen wall black this weekend and now that we are getting used to the bold change, I know I need to hang some pieces on the wall that will balance it out. This serving board is the first piece I hung as I am trying to be patient and wait to hang things we really love. It was super simple to finish once I worked out some of the kinks so since I did that part for you, I encourage you to give it a go! Here’s how to make your own copper and wood serving board:
-Piece of wood (I used Aspen leftover from this project)
1. Draw out the shape you want your board to be. For the copper to fit at the top, I recommend making sure the shape has a handle.
2. Cut out the shape using your jigsaw
3. Drill a 1/4 in. hole on both sides of the top of the handle. I didn’t drill mine through all the way, just about a quarter of the way on both sides.
4. Sand down the board, the sides and the handle. Make sure everything is smooth.
5. Place the end of the copper coil in to the right side hole. Using a hard edge (I used a metal crochet hook), bend the copper to make a 35 degree angle. Continue this again with the top of the triangle shape.
6. Measure where you need to cut the copper. Cut it accordingly.
7. Bend the copper to finish out the triangle. As you can see in the photos, I used a vice to finish bending it. It was easier to grasp this way.
8. Attach the left side of the copper triangle in to the left hole of the handle.
9. Treat board with butcher block oil according to the directions on the bottle.
Now I can’t wait to get the rest of this wall styled! I love the pop of the wood and copper against the black!