Business Card Holder #3 - Another Leaner

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Project by rance posted 09-18-2012 07:25 AM 3599 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I made another one today. No new design, just an alternative copy. There are so many ways to tweak this design.

The body is simply Found Mahogany. ‘Found Mahogany’ comes from Virginia, specifically from a banded bundle of offcuts from the manufacturing of molding & trim. I cut a very very thin groove and inserted a strip of Poplar as an accent. Cut that smooth to the surface and proceeded to groove the trough for cards. Once the profile is created, it is simply a matter of making one corner of a picture frame, sanding off one corner, and then ’slapping it on a base’ of some kind. The base of this is Oak of some kind, I believe. But it does look a little different. Enjoy.

Edit: The more I look at the base the more I think it can’t be Oak. Anybody want to take a stab at identifying it?

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-18-2012 08:12 AM

Another nice one. I get scraps from a local cabinetmaker that I declare “harvested” in South Dakota. It’s the only mahogany I get. No sense wasting it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-18-2012 10:20 AM

No it is not oak by the looks of the grain, but I don’t recognize what it is. Nice BC holder. let me know how they sell for you. I have some designs that I’ll take to market in Nov for Christmas presents, I hope!!..........Jim

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

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 10:40 AM

Very nice! Simple design and neat job.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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Chris Davis

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 11:16 AM

The base looks to be something that is quarter sawn. It could be oak. Very beautiful whatever it is. Great job!

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#5 posted 09-18-2012 11:44 AM


I am really liking this concept of yours – have you tried pitching them to places like doctor’s and/or lawyer’s offices? They seem to spend a decent amount of coin for stuff like this and they usually have the need to hold multiple cards.

My first guess would be QS white oak or possibly chestnut. It’s certainly appears to be quarter sawn, whatever it is.

Great work!


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#6 posted 09-18-2012 12:31 PM

This is really a gr8 way to use up some small cut-offs, scrap, etc. I’ve always said, there is no scrap in woodworkin

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

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#7 posted 09-18-2012 12:37 PM

Another hit! My guess is old growth, quater sawn White Oak as it looks very much like some I have from reclaimed farm fencing which my dad built back in the 1930s. It strikes me that either a live edge base or root end would be very interesting but more time consuming to finish—just a thought.

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

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#8 posted 09-18-2012 02:44 PM

Another nice one Rance!
Great job, as others have said I hope these sell well for you. They Should!

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

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 03:58 PM

The base grabbed my eye and I immediately presumed it was White Oak. Very nice overall design : )

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#10 posted 09-19-2012 12:49 AM

Thank you all. Well, I took this one to the gallery this afternoon and wouldn’t you know it, it sold while I was standing there. So Jim, yes, these sell well. John, I’ve got a rustic edge one in the making. I’ll try to get a pic of the piece I used for the base. It certainly different.

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

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#11 posted 09-19-2012 01:37 AM

Nice design and build (obviously since it sold instantly!). I was gonna guess QS red oak on the base but others seem certain it’s not oak.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 09-19-2012 03:23 AM

COOL neat design project…

Very nice…

Thank you.

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Paul Pomerleau

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#13 posted 02-19-2013 01:05 PM

Very nice indeed.
How do you attach the holder to the stand?
Is it simply glued together, or do you have a dowel or something between them?

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#14 posted 03-23-2014 12:10 AM

Paul, it is glued. I may have added a couple of pin nails too.

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

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