Copper Washers from Pennies

Make your own copper washers for a penny apiece with this reader tip.

copper washers - six pennies in a loose pile

Drill holes in the middle and they become copper washers.

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Just as I was about to finish up a deck project not long ago, I ran out of quarter-inch washers.

It was too late for me to run to town, so I drilled quarter-inch holes in several pennies. My make-do copper washers worked great and cost me about half of what store-bought steel washers do!

Allyn Moise
Carson City, Nevada