|Project by oldnovice||posted 427 days ago||2344 views||68 times favorited||20 comments|
5 Business Card Holders for U.S. Standard Business Card
1. Top Cherry, tung oiled
2. Second row left to right Zebrawood, tung oiled and Corian, no finish
3. Third row left to right Clear Pine, tung oiled and Maple, satin lacquer
1. Using my router plane sized the stock to just over 1/4” thick.
2. Router template, bushing, 1/8” diameter straight bit to cut the card pocket perimeter.
3. Router template, bushing, 1/4” diameter straight bit to cut the remainder of the card pocket.
4. Router table, 1/2” dovetail bit, to cut the sliding detail for open/close in bottom and top.
5. Sharpened the 1/16” radius in the Zebrawood version with a chisel.
6. Table saw, cut to size after all the detail work was completed.
7. Round over edges on Corian version with carbide round over bit, as the edges were way to sharp to handle.
8. Sand, sand, sand, apply tung oil to three versions, let dry, and buff.
9. Sand, sand and buff the Corian version.
10. Sand, sand, sand, apply three coats of spray can lacquer to the maple version.
11. No glue, nails, or screws were injured during this process!
The detail work, steps 1 … 3, can be done in one evening on one holder. The remaining work can be done in multiple evenings and the set below consumed the evenings of about two weeks. All of these were made with scraps. The Corian was the noisiest and appeared to create more of a mess as the chips were black. As one would expect, the Corian version is also the most stable with temperature/humidity as the wooden ones will swell out of shape, and return to normal, when carried in the shirt pocket (perhaps another type of finish would help). This does not occur when carried in outside coat pocket or off body.
By folding one card in half and placing that on the bottom of the stack of cards, the top cards pop out when opened at the proper end! I really don’t have a count of how many of these I have made and given away but these are my last 5 versions I made and there are no more are in the pipe!
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