Wooden Business Cards

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Project by Elwood89 posted 699 days ago 3081 views 49 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was time to update the business cards and I thought that wooden business cards for my woodworking would be neat so I began an Internet search. ...long story short, why pay someone to make them, when I can make them myself?

Thanks to Blake for his post.

I bought a customized rubber stamp from An Internet search for iPrint coupon codes revealed a coupon code (35SHIPCS) for 35% off and free shipping! So, for $18 I got a customized rubber stamp, an ink pad, and refill ink. With unlimited scrap wood, I can make an unlimited number of cards.

These first few are made with Ovangkol sapwood scrap. I didn’t put any kind of finish on the wood. The ink didn’t bleed and it dried fairly quickly.

So far, I love the results.

These are about 2mm thick. Ovangkol is a pretty hard wood, it would take a lot of effort to bend these. I could see strength being an issue with softwoods and/or thinner cards.

-- Elwood, making sawdust in Germany,

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#1 posted 699 days ago

Great idea. I think they turned out great!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#2 posted 699 days ago

Those are really cool. How thick are they?

-- 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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#3 posted 699 days ago

What a Great Idea! They would be strong cross grain but are they strong along the grain? I like this idea and I guess they woiuld hold up ok if you didn’t bend them to much. Nice Work!!!!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 699 days ago

A salesman once told me… if you give a customer a wooden nickel ith your name on it, he will never throw it away.
I wonder if the same is true for wooden business cards.
They look great!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 699 days ago

About the strength question.

I got a gift certificate from Highland Woodworking and they printed it on Birch veneer and then laminated it. The clear plastic laminate kept it from splitting and also keeps the ink from bleading if it gets wet.

I liked that idea enough I was planning to do something similar for business cards; but I hadn’t thought of the custom stamps. Thanks.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#6 posted 698 days ago

These are about 2mm thick. Ovangkol is a pretty hard wood, it would take a lot of effort to bend these. I could see strength being an issue with softwoods and/or thinner cards.

-- Elwood, making sawdust in Germany,

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#7 posted 698 days ago

This is realy something different

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 698 days ago

Great idea. I knew I was keeping those very thin scrap strips for something besides guitar picks. Thanks for clearing that up for me. :-)

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#9 posted 698 days ago

Excellent idea. Carry several in the various woods you use, to show prospects for wood selection.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 698 days ago

Those are real nice, way to think outside the box!
I can see you getting custom orders for you to make these.

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

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#11 posted 698 days ago

A successful alternative to having them lasered.

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

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#13 posted 698 days ago

Nice work and cool idea I might have to look into this… Well done.

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

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#14 posted 698 days ago

Very kool. Thnx for the link/s

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

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#15 posted 698 days ago

I have been wanting to do this, but with a branding iron. I like the stamp better… great idea!

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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