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Project by Jonathan posted 224 days ago 1027 views 8 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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Kaa162

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#1 posted 224 days ago

Very nice!

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

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JL7

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#2 posted 224 days ago

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

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#3 posted 224 days ago

Great design!

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#4 posted 224 days ago

Nice Jonathan!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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jack1

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#5 posted 224 days ago

Good job.

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

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#6 posted 224 days ago

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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EggMan

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#7 posted 223 days ago

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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Jonathan

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#8 posted 223 days ago

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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Jonathan

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#9 posted 223 days ago

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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Jonathan

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#10 posted 223 days ago

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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