Diy fence post caps,
Copper Post Caps – Think this: You’re about to create yourself a great fence that’s about twenty-five posts long. And you decide to both decorate and protect it. From the natural rotting with some copper post caps. However, when you go to the market, you understand that at twenty-five bucks a cap. This project is suddenly skyrocketed in price! Why don’t you save a little money and build these easy-to-make copper sheet caps on your own?
Next, no matter if you want to anneal or not, use the mallet to bend the copper around the form. In the way you want the metal to bend. This will work great if you can choose the mallet directly towards yourself while hammering. This is when you will want to have your safety glasses firmly in place protecting your eyes. Also, you may want to reevaluate putting a hole in the cap for the securing nail.
First, you will figure out what sort of shape you want for the post cap to be. A major triangular tip is a good choice. So, using the circular saw, cut the frame (your piece of scrap post) to the wanted shape. Second, you might have to try but cut the copper to the right size for your specific copper post caps design. I might suggest using some scrap metal to experiment instead of the expensive copper sheet. But it’s your choice.
Once you have your cut out, you can strengthen the copper sheet to receive it more flexible. However, the annealing is completely optional. And not entirely needed due to the copper sheet already being quite soft. Nevertheless, annealing is simply heating the copper sheet for an extensive period of time. Usually, until it is glowing, and then allowing it to cool slowly. This heating can be done with a common blowtorch.
To start copper post caps, you will need a piece of 4×4 fence post (or 6×6) about three feet long. A circular saw to make the form on the top of the post. And the copper sheet itself and a pair of metal cutters. The advised copper sheet is a soft temper, .021 inch thick.
Finally, to add a delightful shine to the cap, apply some sealant to hold it bright and corrosion free. You now have an awesome fence post cap! On a final note, be sure to wear eye protection. And of course, all the necessary safety equipment while operating any potentially dangerous tools. How to install fence post caps,
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