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Project by CharlesA posted 11-14-2014 03:54 PM 2393 views 22 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m recovering from spinal surgery, so I can’t work on anything rigorous. So, I decided to make some business card holders to give as gifts to some of my staff. I used the Wood Magazine plan

You can use them to store cards in a pocket or briefcase, or you can use it as a holder on a desk (upper left hand in pic).

This was mostly straightforward. If I were planning this out with more foresight, I would have reversed the woods, using the curly maple as the dominant wood and the cherry as the accent. But, I had some scrap pieces of each that easily worked for this project, so it came out this way. I’m a little concerned that the brass rod will not be durable as a hinge, but we’ll see. The project calls for inserting the brass rod, checking fit, then removing it, adding epoxy, and re-inserting it. I don’t know what universe they’re living on, but i could not remove the brass rod after inserting it (you leave it 1/8” long to do this). When I tried, I just mangled the brass rod and it did not move a bit. I figure if I can’t remove it, then it doesn’t really need epoxy!

If I were to make these in quantity, I would develop a different way to make the end pieces, a 3/8” thick piece that is 1/8” thick for most of the length. In the instructions, you tape each piece on the end of a carrier board and trim off the waste (see pic below). When doing multiple ones, one needs a carrier board for each one (I actually used one carrier board and did one side on each one, then attaching the next one, etc. and then set the fence again and repeated that process). I would think one might be able to make a jig to make this repeatable in a better way.

I finished it with Danish Oil because with all the fine angles and joints, I didn’t think I could get a film finish that I would be satisfied with.

Overall, I like the project. It would be fun to use some more clearly figured wood with it, but i like it as is.

Ask any questions that you have.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson





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Dave Rutan

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#1 posted 11-14-2014 04:19 PM

Those look nifty. I trust the surgery went well.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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CharlesA

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#2 posted 11-14-2014 04:33 PM

Surgery was a great success. The pain, so to speak, is that I can’t drive, lift over five pounds, drive, or sit for two weeks to protect the incision, etc., so I don’t get an infection near my spinal cord. They drill a hole in my vertebrae and went through that to cut off a bone spur. It has relieved a year of fairly significant pain. It worked immediately, but, for some reason, they think I shouldn’t have an infection there! So, I am not working on my desk and am, instead, working on little pieces.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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KelSnake

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#3 posted 11-14-2014 04:53 PM

Nice, I like the way it folds and then becomes a display. Looking forward to trying this project!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ http://www.woodlockplans.ca

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CharlesA

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#4 posted 11-14-2014 08:47 PM

Kel, I think if it were only good as a carrying case, it wouldn’t be worth the trouble, because some folks wouldn’t like to carry their cards this way.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Gregg M.

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#5 posted 02-20-2016 04:29 PM

I like these…thanks for sharing

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA - http://www.MarvelWoodworking.com

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