Business Card Holder #1 - The Slant

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My wife needed a business card holder for an event she had this afternoon. I had none available here at the house so I quickly sketched out a planned design. Subconciously I think I was inspired by rilanda's Art Deco style Clock .

I had some chunks of Brazillian Cherry leftover from The Lovable Pessimist and I really like the grain in that. So I rooted to see what might go with that. I had some long strips of the same but they were too narrow. I had some Soft Maple and some Oak that fit the size I needed so badda bing, that’s what I used. So there. There’s my artistic process of how ’I carefully selected the materials and choreographed the lines and color gradient of the woodgrain to give it artistic balance’. Yeah right. I just pick up what fits from the scrap pile like everyone else. Its just that my scrap pile also includes 1/2” square sticks as well.

I realized after I got home that the pics really point out the problems that I’d rather hide. Well, it looks better in person. But like a good woodworker, I won’t point out what I’m disappointed in. BTW, my wife really liked the fact that I included the waine of the Maple. Is that what it is called where it gets discolored close to the bark? I’ve got some of this stick left so I’ll be duplicating this one.

Finish was a sanding of 120 followed by 220. Obviously sanded before assembly. Spray can Deft lacquer with a brush of 400 before the final coat.

Comments and criticisms welcome.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 715 days ago

I really like that. Not only a good use of scraps, but it is eye catching to customers. Nicely done.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 715 days ago


Nice design…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 715 days ago

Thank you Monte and Joe. I want to try to get it back from my wife and get some better pictures. Also one from the side to show how it tilts back just slightly. She has staked claim to it. And I thought she only wanted it for an afternoon. LOL!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 715 days ago

Nice job I like the wood and the character of the different colors. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 715 days ago

Nice little project Rance!
Great use of scraps, I like the great little story also.
Good one,thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 715 days ago

Nice way to display your business cards. Very eye catching, and gr8 use o scraps.

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

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#7 posted 715 days ago

Very cool Rance

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 715 days ago

Hey Rance, that is nice.
Neat to put a little twist into the design.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 715 days ago

Hey dude,

That is one clever looking card holder!

I’m going to make some of those, for sure.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 715 days ago

Nice design and great use of materials—especially the placement of the live edge in the soft maple.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 715 days ago


Just shows that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SCRAP! Brilliant use of material that would have otherwise been trashed. Good looking, functional and nice looking. Also the juxtaposition of the different woods from other countries represents the influence of the artist’s muses in shaping his desire to see in the fusion of cultures and art forms his search for world peace and love.

All BS aside, nice.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#12 posted 715 days ago

Rance, that’s a sharp looking piece! Regarding terminology on the maple, what you have is a bark inclusion. Were that part of the board missing it would be wane. I’m just a guy who’s spent 42 years in the lumber business.

I love it!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#13 posted 715 days ago

Catchy card holder ! I like your shop name too !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 715 days ago

Nice job on that holder, Rance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................Jim

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

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#15 posted 715 days ago

It looks neat.

Nice wood combo.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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