My Shot at a Business Card Holder - Oak/Padauk

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Project by BrianK posted 11-10-2009 04:13 PM 2480 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tinkering around in the shop a while back I decided to try my hand at making a business card holder. Using a plan out of a popular woodworking magazine I decided to go with some oak and padauk I had lying around the shop. This was one of my first projects working with small detailed pieces. I can tell you I struggled a bit with a couple of the steps. However, it was extremely satisfying once it started looking like a card holder. :)

I used the bandsaw and tablesaw for most of the piece milling. I used my router to round over the edges and the drill press for the hole and pins. This turned out to be a nice project to use a variety of tools in my shop. I used good ‘ole tung oil to pop the oak. I turned alright. I hope to make a few more of these for Christmas as gifts for some of my colleagues.

-- - Brian

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#1 posted 11-10-2009 04:32 PM

I’ve been wanting to do one of these for a while now. Which issue of Popular Woodworking was it in?

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 04:36 PM

Brian nice work I made one of these myself a while back it was a fun project, and ever since I have wanted to do some more of them.

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#3 posted 11-10-2009 04:41 PM

I got this from WOOD Magazine Issue 157, September 2004.

-- - Brian

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 05:06 PM

Cool idea. Does not look too bulky to carry either.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 05:36 PM

I also decided to try one also,like you struggled a little but was able to succeed.I have a thickness sander which makes it a little easier for the small pieces.By the way nice job

-- Bill in Mich

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 06:34 PM

Looks great Brian nice job.

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#7 posted 11-11-2009 03:12 AM

Just pulled out the September 2004 issue of Wood. I may have to try this!

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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#8 posted 11-11-2009 09:18 AM

Great chirstmass gifts. Just might have to make a couple of these. Hum….now where can I get some scraps???? haha

Great job and thanks for the info on wich issue.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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