Lenga wallet / card holder

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Project by gepatino posted 03-30-2016 10:49 PM 1154 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve finished this project like three years ago and always forget to load it, so here it is.

I was tired of having my cards bent and broken, so I made a card holder in Lenga wood.

I’ve ripped a piece of 1×4 in half, made a recess in both sides using the rouuter (the first project where I used a router), and then glued the two parts together again.

As usual, a lot of sanding for shaping and hiding mistakes.

The finish is shellac applied with a doll… not exactly french polished, but something like that (a lazy version of french polishing).

Then added a strip with a magnet inside the folds, and glued another magnet in the box. Not a good idea, after a couple of months some cards got erased, so I had to change it for those push buttons, I don’t know the name in spanish, let alone in english, haha.

It’s been used almost everyday for the last years and it’s great.

Of course many relatives and friends asked me to make some for them, but I haven’t yet. I guess I should try to make a couple of fixtures for ripping and routing the boxes, and that would make great gifts.



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#1 posted 03-31-2016 01:34 PM

A neat practical solution for a problem we all have with cards.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 03-31-2016 03:58 PM

Great looking and practical. Very nice!

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 06:04 PM

Great idea, that would get them out of my wallet. Good job.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 09:35 PM

Nice job! I like it. Over here, what you used to hold it closed is simply called a ‘snap’. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 11:08 AM

thanks for the comments, and thanks farmerdude for the new word. Will try to remember it.


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#6 posted 04-02-2016 04:07 AM

awesome little build. I’ve been wanting to do this for my cell phone.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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