|Project by CharlesA||posted 11-14-2014 03:54 PM||2365 views||22 times favorited||5 comments|
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.
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