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My wife's present for our 15 year anniversary

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Project by MountainMan63 posted 11-14-2018 03:10 PM 777 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I made for my wife for our 15th wedding anniversary present & the later stages of making it to completion. I am “Newbie” to this posting stuff online, so hopefully you’ll bare with me on my first post! The pictures are of our Wedding day & of her Mom & Dad.

Here are the instructions that I used:
A desktop file holder is a great office accessory. It provides easy and immediate access to the files you’re currently working with so you don’t wear a path between your desk and your file cabinet.

The desktop file holder is strong, portable and a snap to make. The only technique that may be new to you is cutting threads with a die. If you’ve never done this before, you’re in for a treat. It’s fun and easy and it’s one of those techniques you’ll wonder how you ever got along without.

• Start by selecting your wood. We chose 1/2-in.ApplePly (I used 1/2” pine plywood because I couldn’t get the reccomend stock to make this) because it’s stable, free of voids and it looks cool with the exposed cap nuts.

• Cut the two 10-1/4-in. by 13-5/8-in. end pieces.

• Lay out and drill the four holes for the steel rod.

• Use a quarter to lay out the corner radius.

• Round over the edges on a router table with a 3/16-in. round-over bit.

• Cut the stainless steel rod (brass works well too, which is what I used) into 8-in. lengths.

• Cut threads on both ends of the rod with a 1/4-in. X 20 TPI die.

• Sand and finish the sides and assemble. Bring your finished file holder to work and you’ll soon be taking orders for more!

• Use a 1/4in. X 20 TPI die to cut 1-in. threads on each end of the rod. Slightly round the ends of the rod to remove burrs and make it easier to start the die.

• Keep the die level and use slight downward pressure to start the cut. Once the die begins to cut it will guide itself. Keep the cutter lubricated with a little light machine oil like 3-In-One.

To give credit where it’s due, I got the main plans for this build from, American Woodworker June 2000, issue #80.

The only changes I made to the plans was by adding the pictures & framing them.





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 11-14-2018 04:24 PM

That is really neat – A wedding picture on your file holder whooda thunkit

oh Welcome to LJ’s

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 11-15-2018 05:37 PM

Sure as heck beats an old shoe box. Nice job. Did the Wife like it? The pics outside are a very nice touch, framed even nicer.

-- Think safe, be safe

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MountainMan63

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#3 posted 11-16-2018 07:36 AM

Thank you, therealSteveN. I appreciate your opinion of this gift/project!! This was my first time posting a project online. I wish I had known about this site when I made a dropdown (it drops down from under our kitchen shelves) spice rack for her birthday
:-(

To answer your question, yes my wife like it a lot!

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