Sycamore Business Card Holder

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-30-2012 01:55 PM 1815 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 78th birthday gift for George, my barber. It is made from sycamore and finished with clear matte spray.

He said that he posted his business card on the board and someone always took it and if he he did not look, he would not have his with all the others posted there.

This will take care of that!

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

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#1 posted 05-30-2012 03:20 PM

Very NICE!

Looks like you’re SELLING them! Great!

Thank you.

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#2 posted 05-30-2012 04:45 PM

That’s a very nice card holder. I so need to make some of these.

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 04:55 PM

Nice Work Jim! That will do the job very well.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 05-30-2012 09:32 PM

Sycamore is pretty wood. Nice card holder

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 05-30-2012 11:54 PM

Very elegant. How did you do it?

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 12:32 AM

Hi Doe. I hate to say it, but it was designed a little differently. I cut it half and milled a square corner pocket in it for the cards and then glued it back together and turned it round . I cut the centers off the ends and then tried a card in it. I milled to the wrong pencil line in the mill and the slot was too narrow. I’m real good at recovery when I screw up so I put it back in the mill and dropped an 1/2” router bit and made the slot the right width only with round corners- so I made it wider than the card by the diameter of the cutter.

Then I laid it on its side and milled out the front. I turned the vise 17 degrees in each direction to make the angle on the front so you can see almost the whole business card. I put a flat on the bottom on the jointer 15 degrees off of the deep slot ( so the cards lay back a bit) and finished sanded it and sprayed it.
I think it turned out better this way. God has a way of directing us to better things!!!

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

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 02:39 AM

That is a very clever design. And one of my favorite woods. That is a beautiful piece of sycamore. As an aside, I was in a clients barn yesterday and the entire structure was lined with sycamore (rough sawn)! What a pity!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 04:11 AM

That’s a great design and a very nice card holder. Much prettier then the granite one on my desk at the office.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#9 posted 05-31-2012 12:16 PM

Looks great and I love the made in the USA stamp.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#10 posted 06-01-2012 01:19 AM

Very nice. I am sure he was very cuffed.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#11 posted 08-05-2012 10:22 PM

I like the way you can see almost the whole card. Nice one Jim.

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