Hi All, i am planing to make a resonator cover plate using a piece of copper sheet.

What do you recommand in case of thickness? Are 0,8 mm enough to make it robust on one hand and easy enough to form it?

Thanks in advance Rob

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O yeah, building a silent resonator guitar .... ;-) btw i am talking about the cover plate .....

That's .031 thick.  I will post a picture tonight of one I have started.  I bought an Old Lowes cone and cover plate.  The plate is stainless and is.031.  I did pretty much buffing on it.  It was not exactly what I had hoped for as far as appearance.  I have more buffing to do.  I guess if you form your metal it will stiffen it up some.  Keep in mind copper depending on what type it is, is pretty soft, so it might dent if knocked against something............accidents do happen.  Stainless is much harder to damage than copper, but also much harder to work with.

Hope this helps you out.

Well i like both ways. A clean built with a decent box in combinnation with the right timber for fretboard looks also very nice.

But, i also like the "used" look. My 2nd project at the moment is licencense plate CBG. And as you can see below the plate is definitly in used condition and the timber for the box is from an old palette. Looking for rusty screws and nails at the moment ...

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Thanks, for answering. Seems than pretty much ok with .031 or slightly thicker. And if it gets some dings and dongs over the time, thats no problem for me - thats life.

I made mine from a piece of 1/2" black walnut, carved it dome shape.

0.031" copper is pretty thin to resist flexing. You could use the copper to cover a 1/8" masonite base, it should hold up well and look very good.

I built a wooden resonator cover for mine that came out pretty good. That too is an option.

That is beautiful work!!

Thanks,

I kept trying different designs until I got something I liked. I'm working on a copper bridge cover/palm rest. That will make playing a little easier.

That's more than thick enough,it's not going to take any load.This guitar front is 0.66 thick,planished with a polished faced hammer,both to change the appearance and work harden the copper.

If you build a bridge cover as is often seen on resonator covers, then there will be some downward pressure on the cover caused by your palm resting on the bridge cover. If you do not build the bridge cover, then there is effectively nothing pressing on the reso cover so 0.031" should hold up.

I am not sure, but maybe yes. I will decide when the guitar build is finished. But good point to consider.

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