Chess Board with Copper Inlay

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  • Published on Apr 5, 2019
  • Watch how I make an end grain chess board with a copper inlay with the owner's initials in the walnut frame.
    You can find everything else I used in this project at my Amazon storefront at www.amazon.com/shop/woodumakeit.
    Items I used in this project include:
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  • SamM6945
    SamM6945 2 months ago +561

    This is my board that Mike made for me - and I couldn't ask for anything better. Absolutely gorgeous craftsmanship, and amazing to be able to see how it was done. Thanks again Mike!

    • Factual Fox
      Factual Fox 11 days ago

      @eventualentrophy I know, right? Macy is spelled MACY not YMCA.

    • eventualentrophy
      eventualentrophy 11 days ago

      @Factual Fox yeah.... like the guy standing out front of the YMCA and says "look, they spelled Macy's wrong".

    • Doug Prentice
      Doug Prentice 16 days ago

      @Storm Leo whatever he charged, it was probably not enough. That is a sweet job.

    • John Doe
      John Doe 21 day ago

      @Jason Park Really? How about giving us a break-down as to how you came up with that price??

    • Jason Park
      Jason Park 22 days ago

      @bashpr0mpt
      For huge chess pieces I'd guess.
      Often show chess pieces or "Character" pieces are larger than the fold out boards that kids play with.
      This is a show piece. So it's larger size makes it imposing and something to show off.

  • I amcarbonandotherbits.

    Got to admit I agree with the others, You just don't need the cheesie music it distracts from what your saying.

  • HOWARD B.
    HOWARD B. 14 hours ago

    Would the whingers post links to their metal inlay work please?

  • HOWARD B.
    HOWARD B. 14 hours ago

    I'd love a backgammon board

  • Sahand Amini
    Sahand Amini 15 hours ago

    Gorgeous, but when did you fixed the misplaced part?

  • Brett Silva
    Brett Silva Day ago

    0:25
    Did you mean to say they wouldn’t be a perfect cube after sanding? I was trying to figure out how sanding them and making them shorter would cause them to no longer be square. Then I realized you must’ve meant cube. Am I correct?

    • Brett Silva
      Brett Silva Day ago

      Wood U Make It great video! It turned out beautiful!

    • Brett Silva
      Brett Silva Day ago

      Wood U Make It ah I see. After finishing the video I saw that they did not end up being cubes. So top that you were referring to ended up as the sides of each square, because the top surface of the chess board is the end grain. I got confused when you said “top” because I was thinking of the top of the chess board. Thanks!

    • Wood U Make It
      Wood U Make It  Day ago +1

      I was referring to the sanding after the first glue-up, so I did, in fact, mean square. If I had cut them as perfect squares (when viewed from the end) prior to glue-up, then they would no longer be square after passing them through the sander. Sanding is important after the first glue-up to have a perfectly flat surface for the second glue-up. I hope that makes sense. They actually weren't cubes because the final size was 2.5" x 2.5" squares that were 1.25" thick.

  • Lewis Wereb
    Lewis Wereb Day ago

    From an old knifemaker, who has pounded a million rivets and pins, the way to anneal (soften) brass and copper and make it more malleable, heat it "red hot" (cherry red in normal indoor light,about 1400 degrees F) and quench it in water (room temp okay). WoodU, thank The Big Guy we still have people like you who can DO things, not just sit and play with EYE PHONES and computers.

  • ET Don
    ET Don Day ago

    Very nice job on a very nice board.

    I'm no good at free hand, so I would have to use some sort of font template to guide the router, and fill the grooves with gold or copper colored paint, or metal flakes in glue. What can I say, not much of an artist here, but then not much artistry involved in electronics repair.

    If I still played chess and needed a board, I would not hesitate to ask you to build me one! Again, very nice job.

  • Lewis Wereb
    Lewis Wereb Day ago +1

    That is a thousand dollar board. And I guarantee you I can get beat just as quickly on a ONE DOLLAR board.

  • John Wayne
    John Wayne Day ago

    Nice! Thanks for sharing.

  • Fp T
    Fp T 2 days ago

    a real beauty

  • Chris Turnblom
    Chris Turnblom 2 days ago +2

    Inlay work is some tedious shit. The only thing I've done that requires more patience is hand engraving. I won't bother saying what's already been said, I'm sure your next one will be twice as good.

  • Jesus Cordero
    Jesus Cordero 2 days ago

    Outstanding work

  • Katie Kelley
    Katie Kelley 3 days ago +2

    When making wooden rings, it is easier to cut the inlay groove and then add metal filings with CA Glue. Design is not limited by turns or corners

  • Canary Biker
    Canary Biker 3 days ago

    5:25 u glued the last/first row wrong - but looks like you recognized and did it again some seconds later :-) Like the result. Like the inlet - but dislike the font used for it .. it looks like a childs drawing (but that may be intentional, so I don't judge about it)

  • ArtisanTony
    ArtisanTony 3 days ago +1

    I would have found another way to do the inlay but it turned out pretty good.

  • guillermo perez
    guillermo perez 3 days ago

    Beautiful.

  • Cyclohexane
    Cyclohexane 3 days ago

    Are you the Wolverine?

  • Travis Webb
    Travis Webb 3 days ago

    Nice work! Beautiful board, for sure! I can relate with the copper - I've tried to use flattened wire and it is a BEAR! Your lettering definitely came out better than mine had.
    By the way, kick-ass shirt! Are you in the Richmond area?

    • Wood U Make It
      Wood U Make It  3 days ago +1

      Thanks for the feedback. I'm in northern VA, but am closing on a house in Richmond next week, so I'll be moving there soon.

  • Frederick Wise
    Frederick Wise 4 days ago

    I wish I had known about you 19 years ago when I had the guy make my two 16x16 prototype chess boards.

  • Randy Thomas
    Randy Thomas 4 days ago

    Excellent job my friend, I have known a few wood workers throughtout my life but I have to say you are the most thorough as far as the finishing goes. The chess board design is all good and everything but the finish is magnificent, WAY TO GO

  • tjkoker
    tjkoker 4 days ago

    Kind of an everyman video, which actually was good for me. Shows even journeyman wood craftsmen can make mistakes. I've been told the difference between a good wood worker and a great one is the ability to hide their mistakes. Thank you for the video tutorial. I went into my shop and knocked out a chess board less the inlay. Great stuff.

  • Matt Vance
    Matt Vance 4 days ago

    Wonderful job!!

  • Don Fillenworth
    Don Fillenworth 4 days ago

    Wow, tedious work, but beautiful results! Thanks for sharing.

  • justin smith
    justin smith 4 days ago +1

    Did i notice the board your planing between 5.11 and 5.27 was glued up incorrectly? it appears you had flipped the end so the last two rows matched

  • Zaagnutje JN
    Zaagnutje JN 5 days ago

    Thanks for this video! I like your finishing and i Learned a lot. Greetings from us in Holland🌷

  • Michael Fumesta
    Michael Fumesta 5 days ago +4

    Oh wow this got botched pretty good.

    This music was weird too.

  • Anzay Warid
    Anzay Warid 5 days ago

    Absolutely amazing!!! A lesson in total commitment to high quality and perfection. How can I place an order for one of these chess boards for myself?

    • Wood U Make It
      Wood U Make It  5 days ago

      If you'd like me to make one for you, you can email me at woodumakeit@gmail.com. We can discuss any design preferences you have in terms of size, wood type, and other features.

  • Doug Christianson
    Doug Christianson 6 days ago

    it's so good man!

  • Mike Bernard
    Mike Bernard 6 days ago +1

    Great work and nice video. What was the music you used?

  • DanielJones Jones
    DanielJones Jones 6 days ago +1

    NOT THE SAME FONTS WITH ALL OF THOSE TOOLS AT HAND

  • Noah Nipperus
    Noah Nipperus 6 days ago +1

    Dope video, however WTF is happening with your music selections? It makes me think my imaginary Victorian daughter is having a unnecessarily complicated affair I'll probably feel a sense of disapprobation about...

  • Brofessor Zweistein
    Brofessor Zweistein 6 days ago

    my three year old is also learning how to make letters.

  • Richard Rich
    Richard Rich 6 days ago

    Nicely done ! It has its own character. When I saw it all finished I had this vision of seeing a King and Queen playing chess together by using the this chess board.

  • Daynaleo1
    Daynaleo1 7 days ago

    Beautiful!

  • Steve M
    Steve M 7 days ago

    from 5:10 to 5:30 I noticed the last row of blocks is not flipped correctly, making it not criss cross. Did you end up cutting and rejoining it?

    • Wood U Make It
      Wood U Make It  7 days ago

      Good observation. I made several boards at the same time, so it wasn't always the same board at the start of the video. This one ended up as a mistake. If I had cut it off, that last row would have been too narrow, so that board is now a really nice cutting board. I left it in the video to see if anyone would notice.

  • Emanuel Banda
    Emanuel Banda 7 days ago +1

    Yes but would pass on the inlays, didn't like how it looked

  • Mac Kiste
    Mac Kiste 7 days ago +1

    chess board not labeled A-H 1-8 on the grids.

    • Mac Kiste
      Mac Kiste 4 days ago

      @Randy Thomas its makes it easier to use especially when you are arranging the board, recording moves, studying chess or teaching chess. .

    • Randy Thomas
      Randy Thomas 4 days ago

      if you know how to play chess it is not necessary

  • Paul Stimpson
    Paul Stimpson 7 days ago +1

    Very nice chess board but personally would skip the copper inlay, it didn't do anything for me and for the amount of work involved I would go with a cheaper/easier option. Thanks for sharing this though as it was good to see something different.

  • Ruff Riffing
    Ruff Riffing 7 days ago +1

    I think I wud have made the initials more centered of wood.. than so tucked up higher

  • Bob Norwood
    Bob Norwood 7 days ago

    very nice

  • PRBB25
    PRBB25 8 days ago

    Wow, That its beautiful work. Thanks for sharing .

  • Am Ghann
    Am Ghann 8 days ago

    work safety??????

  • Robert K
    Robert K 8 days ago +1

    You can buy 1/8 to 1/4 collet adapters on eBay then put that into 1/4 to 1/2 adapter and then the whole set into a router or a CNC spindle.
    If you make inlays your standard product, a small CNC machine would be a good investment.

    • Robert K
      Robert K Day ago

      Randy Thomas you obviously don’t know much about tools.
      Electric saw, planer, jointer, router, sander used in this project are not hand tools
      CNC router is just another power tool. It takes more than “hey Alexa, carve me this pattern on CNC”,
      Just like any other tool, it takes knowledge, skills and experience to get good results.
      It is the skills we admire, not the tools he uses, for a fool with a tool is still a fool.

    • Randy Thomas
      Randy Thomas 4 days ago

      NO keep it real, HANDMADE Anyone can use a CNC

  • Richard Dreves
    Richard Dreves 8 days ago

    That is absolutely beautifull, the finish is really stunning

  • Mark Gordon
    Mark Gordon 9 days ago

    5.14 anybody else saw the glue up cock up that miraculously turned good lol

  • Tom Lamb
    Tom Lamb 9 days ago +1

    GREAT JOB ,, THUMBS UP .

  • PENGDO
    PENGDO 9 days ago

    I'm too lazy to make this. Bought a board at the dollar store.

  • Norman Mastrian
    Norman Mastrian 9 days ago

    Nice job!

  • tabasdezh
    tabasdezh 9 days ago

    Beautiful job... weldone.

  • Almonte Paolilli
    Almonte Paolilli 9 days ago

    You are a true craftsman. Good wishes.

  • Frank Hoffman
    Frank Hoffman 9 days ago +1

    The copper inlay is interesting, but I don't think I would have made the grooves in the walnut thinner than the copper strips - even by a thousandth. But very beautiful final product

  • Anthony Ruddy
    Anthony Ruddy 9 days ago +1

    Beautiful job!
    A tip for everyone when filling gaps, cracks and joins - use a drying oil (like floor tung oil) or clear drying epoxy over the gaps then sand it when the oil or epoxy is still wet. This will force the sanding dust into the gap. When the oil or epoxy has dried you will barely see the gaps any more. Using oil and wet & Dry paper on timber when finishing it will give an incredibly smooth finish.

  • Fabian Daroca
    Fabian Daroca 9 days ago

    WOW!!!!!!!

  • MolloRelax
    MolloRelax 9 days ago

    Beautiful piece of work. I think I would try to file down one complete edge of the copper insert piece...so it looks a bit like a knife edge.....before I cut it to length and put it into place for hammering

  • Last Comment
    Last Comment 9 days ago +1

    I like these woodwork videos like the next guy , but I also have a neighbor similar to you, and boy do I hate his guts and his fucking noise maker machines all day every day , so for that reason I say , fuck you sir and your annoying garage hobby , rent a shop in an industrial area or fuck off with your stupid hobby , all of you hobbyist can fuck off, car, furniture, or lawn , just end your noise already you bitch

  • Ericcsuf
    Ericcsuf 9 days ago

    Gotta trust a woodworker whose hands look like he actually works with wood. :) Great craftsmanship, and pleasant informative delivery.

  • Bobby Vance
    Bobby Vance 9 days ago +1

    Maple bow ties would look good at the corners.

  • danathegreatone
    danathegreatone 10 days ago +1

    Ugly qork

  • tigress63
    tigress63 10 days ago +1

    Incredible. The only detail that my eye caught was that was the grain of the light wood - I would have watched the grain to either make a circular pattern from the centre out or have the grain go consistenly in a certain way throughout the board.

  • Ed Kohlwey
    Ed Kohlwey 10 days ago +1

    Ugh sharpie on the end grain - you'll be chasing that down the side of the board with sandpaper and never catch up with it. Might be good to add a disclaimer if you're doing that for visibility or whatever.

  • ron newton
    ron newton 10 days ago

    very nice

  • Paul Dayong Huang
    Paul Dayong Huang 10 days ago

    Beautiful, pleasant, satisfying.

  • Judy Kerkeslager
    Judy Kerkeslager 11 days ago

    You have awesome music with your videos!

  • Headley ́s Wood & Steel Shop

    At 5:11 you can see that the pattern is wrong! At 5:29 it's true again! LOL

  • Roy Freestone
    Roy Freestone 11 days ago

    To soften copper it should be heated then quenched in water. Heating and slowly cooling makes it harder. Work hardening comes later from manipulating it.

  • Dave Clark
    Dave Clark 11 days ago +2

    I think that your choice of an end grain chess board and a side grain frame is unfortunate. Wood movement will almost certainly break the frame at some point. Expansion and contraction of the board will always be contrary to one side of the frame. You would need a considerable amount of play between the frame and the board to allow that.

  • Luis Larrea
    Luis Larrea 11 days ago +4

    Wasn't a fan of how the copper turned out but valiant effort and follow through. I just picked up 4 sets of pipe clamps so maybe I'll try something like this in the future.

  • Oliver Barber
    Oliver Barber 11 days ago

    An American with Rugby on his T-shirt?

  • ElPasoTom
    ElPasoTom 11 days ago

    I can't believe there are 500 idiots out there who would down vote this video. Nice work.

    • Martin Rabson
      Martin Rabson Day ago

      533 people with a different point of view, I say burn them all with fire the heathens.

  • Braden Archer
    Braden Archer 11 days ago +3

    Gorgeous board, but I gotta know... what about the seasonal wood movement? I'm kinda new to this, so there might be something I'm not seeing, but it seems to me that as the panel that is the checker board expands and contracts (probably expands since you made this in the wintertime), those miter joints on the absolutely gorgeous frame are going to blow open... I see you only glued in the center of the panel in the tongue/groove, but I don't see any allowance for expansion/contraction between the panel and frame. Am I missing a technique/trick? Cause if so, I'd love to hear about it, as I have a couple project ideas i'm trying to figure out. Thanks!

  • Bruce Barnes
    Bruce Barnes 11 days ago

    Nice very nice

  • Momoka7
    Momoka7 11 days ago

    You are one of the few people i see here, that actually use Biscuits. The long glueinlay is also like a Biscuit ... they help allot to align stuff automatically. Though they make the preparation somewhat longer .. in the end they help allot. As seen here.

  • Wood Grain
    Wood Grain 12 days ago

    Nice job!!
    Where i can find that sander for Dremel from 20:20 ?

    • Wood U Make It
      Wood U Make It  11 days ago

      You can find it on Amazon. Here's a link to the one that I bought. amzn.to/2UgtK0K

  • ramisetty sandeep
    ramisetty sandeep 12 days ago +5

    5:14 the chess board is different than the final one. Here the last row/column is pasted wrongly. Two black and white side by side.

    • Lars Vision
      Lars Vision 10 days ago +1

      But previously at 5:00 it's correct. must be using a "B" roll for editing

    • Lars Vision
      Lars Vision 10 days ago +1

      I "saw" that

  • fixitman21
    fixitman21 13 days ago

    Nice work, but I believe I would have just hammered some 14 ga. bare copper house wire into the grooves. Just a thought. If you want something pretty, try using maple with mahogany as the contrasting wood sometime. That's what's on my bar top.

  • 007Variable
    007Variable 13 days ago

    very nice, subscribed!!

  • 738polarbear
    738polarbear 13 days ago +1

    BTW ,I think the copper inlay is a beautiful touch.Thats a beautiful chess board. SMM must be very pleased with it . Bravo.

  • Luke Morter
    Luke Morter 13 days ago

    Nicely done. I have made almost the exact same thing except mine was a cutting board. I also used ash and black walnut and maple. Those thre species look so great togeyher as long as the finish brings out the darkness of the walnut properly

  • arachnipope
    arachnipope 13 days ago

    Quenching red-hot copper actually will soften it, unlike steel. We use to do it to solid copper head gaskets on British motorcycles.

  • Luis Martinez
    Luis Martinez 13 days ago

    Great board, great inlay. Truly a work of art!

  • Jeff J
    Jeff J 13 days ago +1

    No More Muzak. TheXvid should ban it. The Muzak does nothing to help your video - which was quite good.

  • gutiersa
    gutiersa 13 days ago

    Beautiful

  • the2centsworth
    the2centsworth 13 days ago

    beautiful work

  • Sherryann
    Sherryann 13 days ago

    Board is pretty.

  • johnny 71c
    johnny 71c 14 days ago +2

    Wow excellent job thank you for sharing, loved watching a skilled carpenter making something of beauty

  • OneCupOfCoffee204
    OneCupOfCoffee204 14 days ago

    The question is could you make it not would you make it.

  • whatthefuckiswrongwithyou? asshole

    Whenever I misplace something like that as soon as i make another to replace it and finally get it done I'll find the original piece usually happens to me when im working on a car not so much when im woodworking

  • Michael Rochen
    Michael Rochen 14 days ago

    I'm curious how much you charge for a chessboard like that.

  • Kevin Privet
    Kevin Privet 14 days ago

    Is it possible to purchase a Chess Board like the one shown? I am in the UK.

    • Wood U Make It
      Wood U Make It  14 days ago

      That's certainly possible. In fact, the person I made this one for lives in the UK, but he traveled to the U.S. to pick it up. I'm currently in the process of making chess boards for shipment to other countries, so that shouldn't be an issue. If you're interested, you can email me at woodumakeit@gmail.com and I can tailor a board to your design preferences.

  • BeeHive Carpenter
    BeeHive Carpenter 14 days ago

    Bending copper work hardens it. Just anneal it again and it will go back to being snowflake soft. I don't understand why you you used such thick and wide copper for the inlay, copper wire would have been perfect of course. I so love how you discard every single inlay skill learned over centuries by dousing everything in crazy glue. Finally you use Biscuits for tenons instead of crafting mitre corners, sigh, such a wasted time you have on this project. Would I make it, no, I would be ashamed to add my name to such a waste of good wood.

  • SpatialGuy
    SpatialGuy 14 days ago

    Hey there,
    Can I mage a couple of suggestions real quick:
    Use copper wire...route 0.6 x copper diameter deep & sand excess as per your video. Use brass or plastic face hammer (gently!). Throw you chisel out the door when inlaying! Also, making the monogram on its own before mounting is a good option, especially if you braze the joins. Lay it in place, gentle tap to mark the wood, (or your carbon paper), route and mount. That one little monogram could have ruined the entire job and needs an appropriate amount of time and effort. (Realise it wasn’t assembled and you could have remade that side - but how many times???
    Something that amazing and expensive really should have had morticed corners even if you can’t see them - or something worthy of lasting generations. Biscuits are weak & you were lazy. The board, and the owner’s descendants deserved better.
    Having said all that - it is a gorgeous heirloom. I’d even have a go at chess on that board!! I’d lose, but I’d feel honoured using it! Amazing build and YES - I WOOD.
    Now, how what about the 3 claw feet, twist stem table to sit it on and the individual hand made chess pieces??
    Cheers, Michael

  • seerofhrt
    seerofhrt 14 days ago

    I have been a high end custom cabinet and furniture maker for 30+ years and I must say I am impressed love your craftsmanship. The copper inlay looked great and loved your choice on the hand rubbed finish. I could not do any better that's for sure the only thing I would do differently would be making the end grain the glue joint so that you see the regular grain instead of the end grain but that's personal preference either way looks great. You asked would I make it, well does wood grow from a tree ? lol I ABSOLUTELY would great job

    • seerofhrt
      seerofhrt 9 days ago

      @Adam Montgomery worded my comment wrong I should have said edge grain out of all the things I have ever glued up its never been end grain to end grain I agree it would not hold well

    • Adam Montgomery
      Adam Montgomery 9 days ago

      End grain doesn't glue well at all, especially end grain to end grain. Not sure how you'd keep the board together.

  • Sockeye Trout
    Sockeye Trout 14 days ago +1

    WELL IF YOU SHOWED UP AT A TOURNAMENT WITH THIS BOARD I WOULD REFUSE TO PLAY ON THAT BOARD AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT THAT. THE RULES SAY IT MUST BE A STANDARD BOARD. THOSE COPPER INLAYS MAKE IT A NON STANDARD BOARD. EVEN IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS THEY DO NOT USE INLAYED BOARDS. I FIND IT VERY DISTRACTING. YOU CAN NOT USE A BOARD THAT DISTRACTS ATTENTION OFF THE CHESS PIECES. I AM JUST TELLING YOU THE RULES OF MOST TOURNAMENT CHESS. I DONT KNOW RULES IN EVERY COUNTRY. BUT I BELIEVE THESE ARE ALSO FIDE CHESS RULES. THEY ARE THE RULES FOR USCF CHESS TOURNAMENTS. I AGREE THE BOARD IS BEAUTIFUL BUT THE INLAY IS THE PROBLEM. IT IS NOT TOURNAMENT STANDARD. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A CHESS BOARD WITH INLAY. AND I WOULD NOT PLAY TOURNAMENT CHESS USING THAT BOARD. IT IS VERY DISTRACTING TO MY MIND THINKING. IT IS VERY LARGE LETTERS VERY CLOSE TO THE BOARD. I WILL BE SEEING IT ALL GAME TIME. I DONT WANT TO LOOK AT INLAY PLAYING A GAME. I WANT TO SEE THE PIECES ON A BOARD. NOW MOST PLAYERS MIGHT NOT OBJECT TO THE BOARD. BUT ANYONE WHO DOES OBJECT THE BOARD IS NOT USED. THE RULES SAY IT CAN NOT BE USED IF THERE IS ANY OBJECTION TO THE BOARD. IT IS NOT STANDARD. SAME WITH THE PIECES.

  • Sockeye Trout
    Sockeye Trout 14 days ago +1

    I WOULD PUT THE SMM MORE AWAY FROM THE BOARD AND TOWARD THE OUTSIDE EDGE. I PLAY TOURNAMENT CHESS AND THE SMM IS TOO PROMINENT FOR PLAYING. IT SHOULD BE MORE SUBDUED. INSTEAD OF THE THE SMM BEING HIGH UP HUGGING THE PLAYING SQUARES. IT SHOULD BE LOW HUGGING THE OUTER EDGE . OF COURSE THIS IS MY OPINION. OTHERS MAY DISAGREE WITH ME. THAT IS FINE.

  • mrl3guy
    mrl3guy 14 days ago

    Thats a nice board.

  • Luther Blankenship
    Luther Blankenship 14 days ago

    Amazing job. You da man

  • Ray Bozzer
    Ray Bozzer 15 days ago

    Good job! Thanks for sharing your techniques. Obviously the copper had some significant meaning for the client. If it was me, I would have used a contrasting wood veneer (marquetry).

  • The 10th Man
    The 10th Man 15 days ago

    Why copper? Looks cheap. Also you should have taken more care with your grain selection. Some of your white pieces look horrible and take away from the other beauties of the piece.

  • tim tynan
    tim tynan 15 days ago

    heat the copper till it's cherry red and drop it straight into water