Measure the tops of the cabinets where you'll add the countertops, using a tape measure. Cut 3/4-inch plywood to fit dimensions of your cabinets with a circular saw. Leave 1 inch of overhang around the plywood on all exposed edges.
Set the plywood on top of the cabinets and drive 3-inch deck screws through the plywood into the cabinet frame. Attach the plywood to the cabinet frame every 6 inches.
Trim the copper sheets with metal shears so that the copper will hang over the edge of the plywood by 1¾ inch. This will allow the copper sheet to bend around the 3/4-inch-thick plywood and leave 1 inch under the lip of the counter for attaching the copper sheet.
Insert polyurethane-based adhesive into a caulk gun. Spread the adhesive on the top of the plywood, being careful to cover the edges with the glue as well. Only polyurethane-based adhesives are safe for use with copper.
Position the copper sheet on top of the plywood so it hangs over the top of the plywood by 1 3/4 inch on each exposed side. Clamp the copper to the plywood with C-clamps and let the glue dry overnight.
Hold the edge of the copper sheet with pliers. Bend the copper over the edge of the plywood, using the pliers as leverage. Trim the corners with metal shears to make the folded corners neat. Drive copper screws from underneath the counter through the copper sheet and into the plywood, using a screwdriver.
Dip a soft cloth into beeswax. Smooth the wax into the counter to seal the copper. Buff with a soft, dry cloth.
Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- Copper sheets
- Circular saw
- Caulk gun
- Copper screws
- Metal shears
- Soft cloth
- Lacquer will add shine to the counter and prevent it from tarnishing. Add a coat of lacquer if you prefer the look of bright, shiny copper.
- A hammered look can be achieved by pounding the top of the counters with a hammer. Test your hammering technique on a scrap piece of metal before applying to the actual counter.