My wife got a new job...

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Which, of course, will mean new business cards.

And … of course … THAT means she’ll be needing a way to display them, on her desk.


For the woods: Wenge, Maple, Bolivian Rosewood Morado, Padauk, and Jatoba (not in that order !):

Slice ‘em, dice ‘em, glue ‘em up, and then …

Use a 3/8” straight bit, and make a hole, Gentlemen !

Put a 1/8” roundover on the front … sand it all down … put some amber shellac on it (only one coat, so far), and … you get … this:

And I’ll bet a BUCK that I got THIS done in less time than it will take her new employer to get her business cards printed :-)

Thanks for looking….

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 10-01-2010 07:31 PM

Nice holder and congrats to your wife! Every job I’ve had I’ve been given business cards, and the only person I’ve handed them out to is family. I don’t htink they are important for developers unless you are a consultant, but even when I was I still didn’t give any out :( Hopefully she gets a lot of use out of it. At the very least, she’ll have a nice display on her desk :)

And you’re right, I bet you finish before she gets the cards.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 07:45 PM

Cool. I hope she will be making enough to support your habit.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 08:21 PM

Congrat´s to both of you
hope she have it a long time now you have made her a new cardholder

have a great weekend


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#4 posted 10-01-2010 08:53 PM

Looks good! I love those quick projects.
Eric: I’m a software developer too and I’ve stopped asking for cards, it just doesn’t make sense..

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 09:05 PM

Nice business card holder, Neil.

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 10:14 PM

Thanks, All !

Eric and Chuck: I figured that one out. My whole career was in some sort of sales-y type position—meeting with clients, vendors, etc. They always kept me stocked up on cards. Truth was, they were hoping and praying that SOMEBODY would hire me away, and get me OUT of their company. Cards—relatively—were cheap.

They like to keep IT people, so they don’t give you personal marketing tools, like that :-)

Jerry: she’ll finance ALL the scrap I currently have on hand, and let me keep paying the light bill to USE the shop ;-)

Charles: As much as I love the big projects … like your Morris Chair, or even the display tower I’m building … once in a while … when you’re an amateur, like me … it’s good to get your ego fed, a little, by building something pretty quick and fun.

The pics don’t really do it justice. With the 2nd coat of shellac, and some paste wax on it, it looks pretty cool. I’ll see if a better angle, and lighting, make it worth another pic !

Jorge LOL ! Luckily, my wife is a sewing/quilting/pottery kind of person. We don’t talk about the price of the hobby, and we don’t nag each other about “what IS ALL THAT CRAP ?”

At least … not very often ;-)

Dennis Thanks much. You have a great weekend, too. We’re getting some of the last of our beautiful weather for a while. I hope to take advantage of it !

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 10:29 PM

you better do
I have a feeling that wither is coming early or at least the autums haevy wether
it is child tonight….......Brrrrrrh


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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 10:31 PM

Looks good, Neil. Using a bunch of scrap I assume. I have been carrying cards for years, but the only place they get any use is at the front desk at my office where clients can pick them up, and they do.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 11:04 PM

Nice use of small pieces and scraps to build such a nice card holder for your wife. The only small pieces I seem to throw away lately are the ones I dig out of my fingers with the tweezers. I seem to find a use for all pieces larger than splinters.
I always put my business card in any envelope I mail out..such as bills etc. Got a sale for a box a while back from a lady processing my cable bill.

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#10 posted 10-02-2010 12:55 AM

1) So … True Confessions: the Padauk and Maple were leftover from the jewelry box, but the lumberyard had “scrap” offerings on the Wenge, the Jatoba, and the Bolivian Rosewood Morado. Twenty-something bucks for the lot of it—maybe a BF of each—and I could make a BUNCH of these, or … a few more of these, and a couple more little projects.

Still … pretty cheap.

2) Photography is “make it or break it stuff.”

I have HUGE regard for those who’ve built proper setups, and involved proper lighting. Personally, I’ve griped at one of the LJs—who has serious woodworking chops—about HIS background and lighting.

But I just use an Instamatic X-15 with flash bulbs, and set the project on today’s Sports Section.

Well … until I get serious and build a proper product photography setup (like my pro photographer brother has told me to do) ... here’s a “step up:

The bottom—left unfinished, to better showcase the species [hmm. Looks like I could wipe that down, a bit, with odorless mineral spirits, huh ?]:

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 10-02-2010 02:49 AM

Very nice Neil. Thanks for the light box link! That was really cool.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#12 posted 10-02-2010 02:52 AM

what a wonderful gesture..not all husbands think of doing things like this…and yes its always fun taking some of the beautiful woods we have and making something simple…yet it took those tree’s many years to produce what were putting together in a few minutes…i love these tree’s…your gift may be small in volume…but only the heart knows the meaning…...congrats my friend…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 10-02-2010 04:50 AM

I do crappy photography, but I am pretty good with smoke and mirrors using CorelDraw Suite….........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 10-02-2010 01:02 PM

Great quick project, Neil.
I made one a while back to display my cards and someone wanted to buy it!! (I said no)
That one is special… new holder for a new job.
Congratulations to your wife….

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#15 posted 10-04-2010 07:13 PM

Nice job Neil, even with the photos ;-)
And congrats to you and the wife on her new job.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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