Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper
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Building two barn style closet doors, for a bedroom, about 67"x32". I want to cover the panel in some recycled copper sheeting.
   
I will probably tack the copper along the edges, those nails will be hidden by the groves the panel will sit in.
I am wondering if I will need to further attach the copper to the panel.
Trying not to have any nails showing.

Are they any glues that would adhere weathered copper to a wood panel?

What do you think?
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  Re: Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper by dejongs (Building two barn st...)
I would try 100% silicone caulking. Apply it and the sheet, then lay some weight on it for 30 minutes or so.
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  Re: Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper by dejongs (Building two barn st...)
Face it, it would look cool with nails too.
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  Re: RE: Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper by TomFromStLouis (Face it, it would lo...)
(05-13-2018, 07:12 PM)TomFromStLouis Wrote: Face it, it would look cool with nails too.

Yes. Copper roof nails
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  Re: Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper by dejongs (Building two barn st...)
How about construction adhesive? No experience with copper, but it's worth a look.
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  Re: RE: Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper by Stwood_ ([quote='TomFromStLou...)
(05-13-2018, 08:36 PM)Stwood_ Wrote: Yes. Copper roof nails

Couple of downside to nails, finding short enough ones, mounting the copper to 1/2 inch plywood. The color of the nails would be different.
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  Re: RE: Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper by dejongs ([quote='Stwood_' pid...)
(05-14-2018, 07:50 AM)dejongs Wrote: Couple of downside to nails, finding short enough ones, mounting the copper to 1/2 inch plywood. The color of the nails would be different.

Copper cuts easy. Clip the nails off. Copper nail heads will tarnish over time.
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  Re: Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper by dejongs (Building two barn st...)
This outfit sells a variety of copper fastenings -
http://www.faeringdesigninc.com/copper.html

They have tacks shorter than 1/2", but I think I'd lean towards the clench nails.  Neatly done even the backside wouldn't look bad and they'd be more secure than tacks.  Copper sheathing on boats was secured by nailing.  This video suggests using contact cement-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhszk6g037A
but they're using very thin copper.  I think a mechanical fastener would be more secure and give fewer problems down the road.

I haven't tried it with copper, but ammonia adds a nice antique patina to brass and may be worth a try on copper.  You'll find some help on the web for ideas on antiquing copper.
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  Re: Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper by dejongs (Building two barn st...)
I think the copper nails would look great.
Do it authentic, and use copper nails and roves, and rivet it on.
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  Re: RE: Barn Door style closet doors, skinned in copper by Phil S. (This outfit sells a ...)
(05-14-2018, 01:49 PM)Phil S. Wrote: This outfit sells a variety of copper fastenings -
http://www.faeringdesigninc.com/copper.html

They have tacks shorter than 1/2", but I think I'd lean towards the clench nails.  Neatly done even the backside wouldn't look bad and they'd be more secure than tacks.  Copper sheathing on boats was secured by nailing.  This video suggests using contact cement-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhszk6g037A
but they're using very thin copper.  I think a mechanical fastener would be more secure and give fewer problems down the road.

I haven't tried it with copper, but ammonia adds a nice antique patina to brass and may be worth a try on copper.  You'll find some help on the web for ideas on antiquing copper.

Thanks for the link to the nails, very helpful. My copper is thicker than what they have in the video so I don't think the contact cement method will work.
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