My wife's present for our 15 year anniversary

  • Advertise with us
Project by MountainMan63 posted 11-14-2018 03:10 PM 1263 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I made for my wife for our 15th wedding anniversary present & the later stages of making it to completion. I am “Newbie” to this posting stuff online, so hopefully you’ll bare with me on my first post! The pictures are of our Wedding day & of her Mom & Dad.

Here are the instructions that I used:
A desktop file holder is a great office accessory. It provides easy and immediate access to the files you’re currently working with so you don’t wear a path between your desk and your file cabinet.

The desktop file holder is strong, portable and a snap to make. The only technique that may be new to you is cutting threads with a die. If you’ve never done this before, you’re in for a treat. It’s fun and easy and it’s one of those techniques you’ll wonder how you ever got along without.

• Start by selecting your wood. We chose 1/2-in.ApplePly (I used 1/2” pine plywood because I couldn’t get the reccomend stock to make this) because it’s stable, free of voids and it looks cool with the exposed cap nuts.

• Cut the two 10-1/4-in. by 13-5/8-in. end pieces.

• Lay out and drill the four holes for the steel rod.

• Use a quarter to lay out the corner radius.

• Round over the edges on a router table with a 3/16-in. round-over bit.

• Cut the stainless steel rod (brass works well too, which is what I used) into 8-in. lengths.

• Cut threads on both ends of the rod with a 1/4-in. X 20 TPI die.

• Sand and finish the sides and assemble. Bring your finished file holder to work and you’ll soon be taking orders for more!

• Use a 1/4in. X 20 TPI die to cut 1-in. threads on each end of the rod. Slightly round the ends of the rod to remove burrs and make it easier to start the die.

• Keep the die level and use slight downward pressure to start the cut. Once the die begins to cut it will guide itself. Keep the cutter lubricated with a little light machine oil like 3-In-One.

To give credit where it’s due, I got the main plans for this build from, American Woodworker June 2000, issue #80.

The only changes I made to the plans was by adding the pictures & framing them.

-- “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

3 comments so far

View recycle1943's profile


4692 posts in 2469 days

#1 posted 11-14-2018 04:24 PM

That is really neat – A wedding picture on your file holder whooda thunkit

oh Welcome to LJ’s

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

View therealSteveN's profile


6237 posts in 1421 days

#2 posted 11-15-2018 05:37 PM

Sure as heck beats an old shoe box. Nice job. Did the Wife like it? The pics outside are a very nice touch, framed even nicer.

-- Think safe, be safe

View MountainMan63's profile


72 posts in 749 days

#3 posted 11-16-2018 07:36 AM

Thank you, therealSteveN. I appreciate your opinion of this gift/project!! This was my first time posting a project online. I wish I had known about this site when I made a dropdown (it drops down from under our kitchen shelves) spice rack for her birthday

To answer your question, yes my wife like it a lot!

-- “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics