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Project by Greg posted 09-07-2010 09:11 AM 5852 views 96 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build myself a business card holder for my Sierra Nets business cards, and had seen this design in the past. I couldn’t find plans for free online, and wouldn’t bring myself to pay 3 bux for the plans(yeah, I’m a cheap-O, I know) so I simply made my own plans, built a mock up, then built it this one in wenge & curly maple. I ended up finishing it up just in time for a meeting I had for execs to be coached in business.

I told them all about my new Custom Net Business, and handed them a card. I walked out of that meeting with orders for 5 more card holders, and a custom net for a guy’s Dad who is going to Mexico on a 6 month sail. It was a good meeting.

So these lil boxes are kind of a PIA, but are pretty dang sweet when done. I used 14 gauge copper wire for the hinge pins. Interesting lesson learned: the copper kept “unscrewing” itself from the 5/32” x 1/2 deep holes as you opened and closed it. I fixed this issue by using a utility knife to score many barbs into the deepest 1/4” of the pin. This, in effect, makes them a 1 way deal- In, but never out.

Another lesson learned was that it was easier to jig up my 6”x48” belt sander to fine-tune the 45’s on the frame pieces that try to cut off microscopic shavings with a 12” chop saw! Much safer too!

I made this one for one of the ladies in the group- It is carob (harvested locally) with a winge border and a curly maple frame. I made another but used purpleheart in place of the wenge-I forgot to take pics b4 selling it. Ggrrrrrr.

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Now my cousin wants 2 more, and my mopther-in-law another one.

I made 12 in total and it took me 3 days. that included milling the carob from a log.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net? http://www.Sierra-Nets.com





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BigTiny

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 10:53 AM

Fantastic looking cases. dude! This one is going straight to my favorites file.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 12:22 PM

Very nicely done : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 01:04 PM

I’ve seen these around before but I’ve never before seen a nicer one.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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aero

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 05:09 PM

Adding this to our list for nice presents. Very fine work you do.

-- Karen and Bill

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majeagle1

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#5 posted 09-07-2010 05:23 PM

Now THIS is Sweeeeeeeeeeet!
Very nicely done and the wood combination is perfect.
I really like the whole design and this in going into my favorites !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Jonathan Szczepanski

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#6 posted 09-07-2010 10:27 PM

Very cool.

-- Jonathan

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odie

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#7 posted 09-08-2010 01:59 AM

Great Job !

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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Cheyenne

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#8 posted 09-08-2010 02:38 AM

Very very neat. I love the mixed uses of wood. Job well done!

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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Sandy

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#9 posted 09-08-2010 07:13 AM

Nice. How about a blog entry with the plans and construction technique?

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johan

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#10 posted 09-08-2010 09:09 PM

well done .i,ve used brass wire on my boxes and had the same problem with the brass working its way out.in the last six years i have been using wooden dowels made out of hard wood in all my boxes and never had a problem,once the outer section of the dowel has been glued into the outer section of the box it do not come out.i use a pencil sharpener to make dowels from 2mm up to 6mm these dowels are strong enough for small boxes.

-- Johan, South Africa, www.wildwoodboxes.co.za /www.knysnawoodworkers.co.za

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Sandy

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#11 posted 09-08-2010 10:43 PM

I actually made a box to hold a pen which I made in which the top and sides swivelled up. Not wanting to have the brass “rods” show through, I drilled the bottom rear of the center portion along with each of the sides. The sides were drilled only part way through from the inside. I then put the brass rods into the bottom, and then pushed the sides on and glued and clamped the top and sides, trapping the brass rods inside.

I’m curious about the dimensions of these cases, as well as the number of parts and order of assembly you used. It looks almost like you used a solid piece with a widened kerf (vertically on the table saw, perhaps) to hold the cards.

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Xodus

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#12 posted 09-09-2010 08:06 PM

I bought a box of hardwood pieces from Rockler and have been trying to figure out what do do with some of the pieces. Now I know, thanks great build/concept.

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cutmantom

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#13 posted 09-11-2010 03:04 AM

I made one with plans from wood magazine using maple and walnut

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BritBoxmaker

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#14 posted 09-11-2010 06:03 PM

Beautiful solution.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#15 posted 09-11-2010 06:05 PM

Great looking card holder

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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