PurpleHeart Business Card Holder

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Project by Dusty56 posted 05-01-2009 07:59 AM 5205 views 29 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Believe it or not , I got a commission to create a business card holder for an up and coming young executive in the Boston area . The only stipulation was that it had to be made from Purpleheart . Hopefully it will be acceptable upon delivery .
3/4T x 5.5W x 2.5D
Gold Plated bars from Rockler , Purpleheart from Woodcraft , Mini Router bit from Woodline USA (buy the whole set , they’re awesome ) Sanded to 320 , applied two coats of Minwax Natural Woodsheen and smoothed it out with some 0000 Copper Wool…..It will get a couple coats of Goddards Furniture Makers Wax before it leaves me .
Comments and critiques are most welcome .

It’s a little early but I’d like to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all of you Mothers out there : )

edit : I got the wax on it now….waiting for the sun to come up for some natural lighting because all I keep getting is flash reflections …LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#1 posted 05-01-2009 08:12 AM

Hey Len – great looking display, I’m sure they’ll love it. Looks really good and nice finish on it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 05-01-2009 08:30 AM

Len I do hope it was charged out at executive rates and not up and coming executive rates…
I just love it
I have never seen anything like it..out there!!
Nothing to be critical about.. critique.. Bloody nice mate ,, BONZA

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 05-01-2009 09:17 AM

Very nice. Purpleheart is a wonderfully satisfying wood to work with.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#4 posted 05-01-2009 12:57 PM

On behalf of the Moms…Thank you! Now, let’s hope the hubby remembers! LOL.

LOVE the project! The more projects of yours I see with that Natural Woodsheen the more jealous I get. I’ve searched high and low for a store that carries it near me with no success but I think I’ve just about talked the local ACE hardware into expanding their current Woodsheen products to include it. Until then I’ll admire the finish in your projects and wish…

-- Robbinscabin,

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#5 posted 05-01-2009 01:26 PM

Thats a stunning card holder. I’m sure that he will enjoy the colorful addition to his desk.

-- 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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#6 posted 05-01-2009 01:57 PM

That looks great. You’ll probably get more orders.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 05-01-2009 02:30 PM

Dusty, congratulations on the commission. I am sure this will be well received as I know I would enjoy having something like this on my desk. Nice design as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 05-01-2009 02:56 PM

Dusty, Sweet little project. You did right with the finish, it looks perfect. Your client should be very happy.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#9 posted 05-01-2009 03:21 PM

Great looking project Dusty! Love the look of the purpleheart and brass combination.

I agree with robinscabin, the Woodsheen is a very nice looking finish. I will have to try it.


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#10 posted 05-01-2009 03:50 PM

Thank you all very much for the wonderful comments : )
I sent his Mom an email with the pics and here is her response :
“Oh WOW it’s GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE WILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! I love the design. It looks like it belongs on an executives’ desk. Thank You, Len :) “

Hi Trev , Rockler claims that the studs are actually Gold Plated . I do like the combination though .
I have more in the works using different species , but being scraps , they will vary in size and shapes .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 05-01-2009 04:02 PM

Hi Len;

I have seen a bunch of business card holders, but hands down, this is the best.

Very elegant looking.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 05-01-2009 04:32 PM

Very impressive Len.
I really like it and may have to copy you!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 05-01-2009 04:40 PM

Thank you so much , Lee. I’d be embarrassed to tell you how much time I put into it , but I learned a lot along the way. Now that I’ve gone through the steps , it shouldn’t take very long to whip out another one or two .The hardest part was creating something for another person without knowing their personal”tastes” in design , if that makes any sense to you. All I had to go by was that it needed to be PurpleHeart . Well , off to the shop for more practice now . Have a great day !

Thank you Bob , I would be honored to know that you liked it enough to copy it !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 05-01-2009 04:54 PM

It is superb!! Definitely not “just a card holder”. This is beautiful.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 05-01-2009 04:57 PM

Hi Len;

The time spent shows. And it was necessary. I think a lot of us spend what seems like too much time either designing the piece, or figuring out what, and how to build it.

That’s probably the most difficult part in estimating a project. It’s tough to know how long something will take, especially when you don’t have a drawing to work from.

If you didn’t spend the time, that too would show.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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