Playing card holder for older Bridge players

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Project by DaleMaley posted 02-24-2018 10:31 PM 1271 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 94 year-old mother-in-law has trouble holding and seeing her playing cards, when playing bridge. Somewhere, she found a wooden card holder, that works great and allows her to keep playing bridge.

Well, she has some bridge-playing friends who have similar issues, so she asked me to make some more of the wood card holders.

These card holders are 2.5×10 inches by 7/8” thick. I had some 3×3” white oak in stock, so I sawed off a 16” piece (to be able to saw down to 12” and remove any planer snipe). I re-sawed the piece on the band saw to 1” thickness, then planed them down to the desired 7/8” thickness.

I went ahead and routed the top edges before sawing the 3 table saw grooves. I wanted to avoid any tear-out if I routed the top edges after I did the 3 angled table saw cuts. This worked great. The 3 table saw grooves are at a 15 degree angle.

So, my mother-in-law’s friends can keep on playing their bridge games, which they greatly enjoy.

I put the Sketchup model in the Warehouse here.

If you are interested in seeing how I built these, see my woodworking web site here.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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Orvile Baker

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#1 posted 02-24-2018 10:46 PM

Very simple , very cool, I can see where that could be a big help playing cards . I lost a lot of my sight when I had my stroke about 1 1/2 years ago. Good job ans I will bet that they really love it .

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI.

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#2 posted 02-25-2018 04:36 AM

Good work. My Grandma had ALS and these things kept her at the euchre table for over an extra decade.

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