Custom Crafted letter opener carrying case

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Project by oscorner posted 05-22-2007 04:36 AM 4523 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once I got started in turning the handles and carving the blades of my letter openers with a draw knife, well…I had more than I knew what to do with. So I decided that I would build a carrying case that would show them off(I had high hopes of selling them). This is the case I designed. It has glass on both sides and both sides open(notice the dual latches on top). I dovetailed the center partitions into the side of the case using sliding dovetails. The only shortcoming of my design was over come by the strip of wood in front of the letter openers. It puts pressure against them so the will stay in there respective grooves. I’ve sold only two and given away several for presents. I guess email has made these jewels obsolete. They are made from birch, cherry,cedar, oak and some spalted woods.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#1 posted 05-22-2007 04:51 AM

Very nice, Mark.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 05-22-2007 04:54 AM

Wow, that is really good looking. Even with email, I use a letter opener every day.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#3 posted 05-22-2007 05:05 AM

Thanks! Fred, I’m glad to hear it, there may be hope after all. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-22-2007 10:18 AM

Mark the letter openers are very nice. Don’t give up hope, I get a ton of “snail mail” everyday at my house. My creditors have not heard about email yet :-)). The case is also a good touch. Keep up the good work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 05-22-2007 12:35 PM

the case (and openers) is/are wonderful!!

I can see the dilemma of diminishing need. I wonder if there is a second use for the letter openers—hitting a new market?? hmmm

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 05-22-2007 12:54 PM

Vry nice Os,
Letter openers are in the same boat as ink blotters, unless you blot your emails. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 05-22-2007 01:49 PM

MsDebbieP, I find that the letter openers work well opening cereal boxes and other glued boxes, as well as slicing that junk mail open everyday.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 05-22-2007 01:52 PM

Nice work on both the case and the letter openers.

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#9 posted 05-22-2007 02:05 PM

very ingenius, and a good use of your time. I made one letter opener a few years ago for a Christmas gift exchange at work, the guy was thrilled with it, but I don’t think he had the internet then, and he was about 75 years old. One good outcome of all the emails, is that the amount of bulk junk mail I get has dropped significantly.

Don’t get discouraged about them not selling as quickly as you had hoped. They don’t go bad, so you can hold on to them until you find the right marketing technique. I would suggest that your lumberjocks project posting will be a good source of advertising. So if you included a way for people to get ahold of you in your project posting, then you might be surprised what happens.

Focusing my internet presence on lumberjocks has helped me publicize my website. There are many more folks that find lumberjocks projects than just those of us that are members. People doing google searches find projects based on what they are searching for, and then email me. Selling something to them is still a chore, but at least the communication process and marketing seems to be aided by my lumberjocks presence.

My work is going to be published as a part of two different new books, and that contact information occurred from the authors doing google searches and finding me on lumberjocks. On the other hand, an old girlfriend found me a few months back that I thought I had left behind 15 years ago. Fortunately, my wife intercepted her email and that was the end of that. So, depending on the skeletons in your closet, lumberjocks is a good thing! ha.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 05-22-2007 06:07 PM

Hey Mark, are you old enough to remember the Fuller Brush man? It looks like you’re ready to go door-to-door with those! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 05-22-2007 06:15 PM

Nice project Mark.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#12 posted 05-22-2007 11:47 PM

Great jobs Mark. Bills still show up so letter openers are still needed.

Great Job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 05-24-2007 04:55 AM

Those look great. You have to realize that a slick presentation dose help in selling product. That looks like a great way to present your work. You just need to get more together and do a booth at an art and craft show.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 05-24-2007 08:30 PM

ah!! A letter opener, I don’t need – -but a cereal box opener!! WOW. I want one of those sitting right on my cupboard. You have a gold-mine sitting there.

Just change the name of these things and I bet you would sell them by the dozen at an event prior to Xmas (actually at any kitchen gadget store… or … .. ) I’m excited about this.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 05-25-2007 04:18 PM

Thanks for the encouragement and comments. I gave some away to the techs at the hospital where I had my two heart operations, as a token of my appreciation of their dedication and caring, and they were well recieved.

Mark, I don’t have a website as you do, but you have definitely given me something to think about. Thanks!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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