Wedding card holder design problem

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01-28-2013 07:54 PM


So, these look super easy to make. The only hitch I’m having is, I’m thinking the slots for the cards are done with a table saw..which I do not have. Any suggestions on another way to get these kind of cuts?

Any help is greatly appreciated from my fiancee’ ;)

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 08:00 PM

A circular saw and a straight edge would work. Your board may need to start out life a bit longer to give the saw enough room to ride the straight edge, but it’s very doable. Clamp all the boards together and hit them in one pass for each row.


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#2 posted 01-30-2013 05:45 PM

Would you be able to control the level of depth on the cut with a circular? In particular, the slots the cards sit in?
Never used a circular…

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 02:54 AM

Yes you can control the depth. Set the blade for the depth you want, tighten the wing nut, tilt the blade to the angle you need, and cut your slot using a straight edge guide as Joe suggested. Clamping your pieces together and even adding some scrap pieces on either side will probably be necessary.

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 08:11 AM

+1 on circular saw. Find some way to clamp a straight edge for saw to follow. Keeps things straight.

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#5 posted 01-31-2013 08:15 AM

a compound miter saw with a depth stop, and a spacer block may work as well.

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#6 posted 01-31-2013 08:43 AM

Radial arm saw would work great but the circular (skil saw) method would be the cheapest method if you are having to buy the tool just for that job. Just make sure you have enough scrap on either side so your entry and exit cuts come out level. Good luck, have fun and congratulations

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 02:11 PM

Thanks for all the advice guys…I can see (in my mind) exactly what you mean with the circular saw and bracing on the sides. I took a look at a couple circular saws this week at Home Depot and see what you mean. Don’t you just hate necessary tool purchases! ;) I ‘had’ to get a jig saw for my groomsmen presents…

Thanks again for the advice :)

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 02:42 PM

Wow, that’s nice work with a jig saw! That is one tool that I cannot use for the life of me. Give me a jig saw and I will give you a hacked up piece of crap.

For your card holders, something like this would be very helpful. I have a few in several different sizes. The saw tracks it very well and it is simple to set up


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#9 posted 02-01-2013 05:28 PM

Yeah…that cut was a very slow painstaking process with a very high tpi blade. Thanks for the tip on the saw guide.

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