We seem to get a lot of those plastic cards that just get thrown away after they’ve been used. Whether it’s old gift cards or those ‘fake’ credit cards that American Express sends out, I’ve been looking for ways to at least use them for something before chucking them in the trash. With 3 of us using tracfones, we get a steady diet of the refill cards as well.
[Below] Mainly I use mine to mix epoxy on or to hold a small pool of wood glue for those surgical applications on small projects. Some of the cards are actually cardboard, but the plastic ones can be reused. The dried glue will often fall off if the card is flexed several times
[Below] I also use them to spread glue on larger surfaces. If you cut the edge of the card with pinking shears, you can make a metering edge as well. I just use the smooth edge as a spreader.
[Below] The larger ones, like the refill cards from tracfone can be used as zero clearance inserts for your band saw. I haven’t tried yet, but I suppose it would work similarly for the scroll saw.
Two uses that are not pictured are that you can use them as ‘gentle’ scrapers for removing labels on plywood sheets. Just wet the label with some kind of solvents, wait a minute and scrape away. Plastic won’t scratch most woods.
The last thing I use these cards for is to scrape light frost off the windows of my car. The flexibility of the card conforms better to the curved glass of a car better than a hard plastic ice scraper.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!