Scrap Copper Makes a Great Door Pull
In keeping with the curved design of a recent cabinet project, I decided to produce a custom door pull made from some recycled copper roof flashing. Weathered copper has a beautiful green patina that’s hard to recreate using store-bought chemicals. It’s also easy to work.
I cut out a 2-in. round scrap and bent it in such a way as to mimic the shape of the door’s edge. By hammering against a large dowel, and some brass and aluminum bar stock I had laying around the shop, I was able to recreate the shape perfectly. As a bonus, all that hammering used to shape the pull left me with a nice peened surface that begs to be touched.
The copper was recessed about 1/8-in. into the door, and I followed up by adding a 1/4-round recess into the cabinet case to expose the door edge for opening. To keep that door shut, I hid a recessed magnet beneath a scrap of cork. Not only does the cork hide the catch, it also provides a nice cushion for the door to close on.
The finished latch.
The inside carving detail to complete the copper circle.
Cork covers the magnet on the case. It sits about 1/16 inch proud so it's the first thing the door hits when closed.
The copper is flush on the inside of the door.
Here you can see the magnets epoxied in place. I did a few dry runs with different sized magnets to see what size worked best pulling through the copper and cork.