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Project by Jonathan posted 12-18-2013 04:04 PM 1980 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started on this business card holder some time ago, and finally got it finished and to the new owner, a local craft beer and pizza joint in my neighborhood.

Wood: 8/4 Mahogany
Glue: Titebond III
Finish: Deft rattle can lacquer, semi-gloss
Tools Used: tablesaw, bandsaw, drum sander, wood burner, drill (should’ve used drill press!), oscillating sander

I initially cut a piece of 8/4 Mahogany into 3-slices, then cut the front 2-pieces to shape on the bandsaw and glued it all back together. I then drilled 4-holes in the back to accept 6-rare earth magnets that I slightly countersunk, then filled with epoxy, tinted with ebony dust to resemble ebony plugs. I had my drill press set-up for another project, so I used the hand drill for the holes for the magnets. This ended up being my downfall, as I didn’t get all 6-holes drilled identically. When I went to sand the back flash, I slightly exposed one of the magnets. Even though it was on the back, I couldn’t stand the way it looked. So, I sliced a matching piece of Mahogany from the adjoining section of board to veneer over the back. The slice was a little to thick for the magnets to grab through, so I ran it through my drum sander until it was 1/32” thick and veneered it onto the back, covering my mistake.

I copied and enlarged the Hops & Pie logo, then used carbon paper to transfer the image onto the wood by tracing over it, followed by using the woodburner and magnifying lamp to burn-in the logo.

The magnets were installed so the card holder hangs on to the back of their register, ensuring the holder stays in-place and isn’t constantly knocked off the counter.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."





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#1 posted 12-18-2013 04:10 PM

Very nice!

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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#2 posted 12-18-2013 05:00 PM

Very nice design…...sounds like a challenge! Glad you overcame the issues….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 05:31 PM

Great design!

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 06:14 PM

Nice Jonathan!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-18-2013 06:36 PM

Good job.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 12-18-2013 08:49 PM

Great project! I am appreciative of the description of the process but also the tools used. To me, this helps to plan for a project. Thanks!

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 01:15 PM

Cool design. I might try something like that with a wood burner.

And funny to see “hops and pie” on here. I no longer live in Denver. But have enjoyed their beer and pizza when I was.

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#8 posted 12-19-2013 01:17 PM

Thanks for all the kind words guys! As with any new attempt at something, I certainly learned a few things along the way.

It’s nice to walk in to grab a pint and see my work sitting there, front-and-center.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 12-19-2013 01:26 PM

EggMan,

That’s funny! Drew and Leah are great people. Not sure how long ago you moved, but did you make it in after they expanded into the glass blowing studio to the south?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 12-19-2013 02:00 PM

Here’s what the back looked like after I epoxied the magnets in-place, as well as my test piece:

And here’s where I sanded through:

I tried covering it up with Sharpie, etc. but still didn’t like it, so decided to go with the veneered back instead.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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