Before & After my Business Card Holder

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Project by Paul Pomerleau posted 05-27-2011 12:22 AM 3292 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yup, it’s amazing how a simple business card holder can organize your life !!

This is the first “palm” box that I ever built.
It is maple and walnut.
The maple is a piece that I never thought I would use as it had cracks and knots and I almost threw it in the scrap bin.
Then I thought that part of it would make a nice lid for a box, and I really did need a business card holder for work, so the idea just started coming together.
It took me a week to locate a brass rod for the lid pivot, which I eventually found at a metal store at the other end of the city.
The inside of the lid was straight but it needed some shape, so I cut it to be thinner hoping that the knot wouldn’t fall apart.
Also, I used my oscillating spindle sander to make an indent on the front to open the lid easier, it really didn’t need it for that but it needed something on the front. I wanted to put a logo or something out of maple and glue it on the front but I still don’t have my scroll saw yet.
The initial finish was one coat of BLO (my first time using it) followed by 3 coats of wipe on poly (first time using that too) but it still didn’t seem finished, so I put on a coat of paste wax hoping that I wouldn’t ruin it as I had no idea what it was going to produce. Well I was very impressed with the finish. It is soft and smooth as velvet. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to put it on my desk at work.
I’m relatively new at woodworking still and every time I try a project I’m a bit nervous that I’m going to ruin it by doing something that the seasoned pros already know. But I guess this is how it’s done and now I know a bit more than I did at the beginning of this project.
Thanks for looking, and I love my desk finally nice and clean.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 12:29 AM

Can never be too organised… and such a sweet box for organising your cards..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 12:38 AM

Paul, you missed a perfect oportunity to do a Steve Marin Video. Very nice box by the way.

-- John

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 12:51 AM

I like it a lot !!

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

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 04:07 AM

Nice box. But do people really still use business cards?

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 04:39 AM

A+ for the holder and an A++ for the presentation. Great job on both!

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 06:24 AM

Very nice!! If you do a stevinmarin video, you’ll have to read the poetry while show you the process!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 10:43 AM

I love that picture you choose!
I had a big laugh thank you.
Nice little box you have made.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 05-27-2011 03:10 PM

You ook like a happy, clam man now! That’s all that maters! LOL! Really nice box.

I need to get organized around here, too.

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#9 posted 05-27-2011 05:26 PM

Great design and great pics! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#10 posted 05-27-2011 06:47 PM

Great project and well done. I’m sure there will be many complements from people at work.
To be honest, I had no idea what a ‘palm’ box was. I learned something new.

One of the few things I collect is business cards so this may be a project in my furtue.
Thanks for sharing Paul.

-- Website is finally up and

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#11 posted 05-27-2011 08:24 PM


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 10-03-2011 02:45 PM

could u do a write up how u made it its very nice

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#13 posted 01-10-2015 10:40 PM

Oh yes, so true, so true. It’s the “keep it simple” thing we all should do. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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