|Project by ChuckM||posted 10-31-2011 01:05 AM||8435 views||61 times favorited||9 comments|
In recent years, many of my projects have been family-driven; that’s, they have been built in response to suggestions from my family. The latest business card holders which I finished this weekend (10 hours of work) are another example; my daughter wanted a holder for her business cards. A quick research led me to the September 2004 issue of WOOD magazine. The pin-hinged case is about 3/8” x 2 3/4” x 4 1/4”, which you can put in a pocket/purse or put on a desk swing opened.
This post is not so much about making the card holder (you can find all the details in the WOOD article) but rather a sharing of what I learned from doing the project:
a) Make a bunch of them for reasons of efficiency since the set-up time is not proportional to how many you make. (I cut more than enough parts for 10 holders and have made seven in this run.) If you make a mistake (I did), you can have spare parts ready to fix the problem.
b Laminate three pieces to make the hinged sides, instead of the time-consuming carrier-board method advocated in the article (see pic).
c) Use medium thick CA glue, not thin CA glue or yellow glue which doesn’t give you enough time to align the parts or the assembly will be messy and long respectively. Unlike yellow glue, pieces won’t slide when you use CA glue and clamp them. (Have lots and lots of XS and small spring clamps ready before you start—dry fitting one of the cases as a practice run is recommended). WEAR GLOVES and work in ventilated area.
d) Use a Forstner bit instead of a scrollsaw (as suggested in the article) to cut out the finger pull.
e) Make sure you drill the two hinge holes at the same distance from the ends (see the mistake in the third photo, I’ll fix it after I come back from a forthcoming trip. How? If i can’t take the pin out and redrill the hole, I’ll replace the hinge side; I have the spare part!).
f) Check the 1/16” drill bit you’d use is not smaller than the 1/16” brass pins. Mine was an hair smaller than the brass rod and all the holes had to be redrilled with another drill bit.
g) Finally, shim the gap between the tray and front filler before cutting the round-overs to avoid chipping. (To repair the chip, I had to replace the filler, file down the sharp corner and rout it again. Another reason why cutting out extra parts is a good habit. See the last two pix)
Mistakes are our best teacher (if we learn from them). When I make the next batch of card cases, I know I’ll come back to this post to refresh my memory….
-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted