Business card holder-When lumberjocks work together

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 12-01-2019 02:09 AM 2412 views 4 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When lumberjocks work together, anything is possible! Awhile back, my Son printed some cards for me to set out during my craft shows. Now I knew I needed something to put them in. I wanted something original and shows my wood work. I thought of what has become my signature item for these sales, my post office door banks. I’ve made and sold over 60 of these over the last couple years. I had no idea how to make one small enough for cards but I thought maybe some of my friends might have an idea. So during the last swap I posted if any of the CNC users could do one the size of a card. I posted an example.

The response was overwhelming. The conversation quickly turned to how to make one and I had offers to help me get one done. John McClure was the the first to offer to make one. I think it became a challenge for him. Before he could get started, Mikeacg had already figured out the vectors and sent them to him.

John said with these he had all he needed to get started, except what size I wanted it. Gosh, I didn’t know what size or how the project should be made. I sized it up as if it would be a drawer, with the cards inside. John posted this graphic to see what I thought. With that and a quick phone, he was off and running posting progress pics along the way.

Getting ready to cut,we chose maple as the material with intention to paint it gold.

When he finished, he posted the final results.

I was amazed when I got them in the mail. It was also decided that the door needed a knob inside the letters. This was when HokieKen joined the build party. I sent him the size, very small and he had brass knobs on the way in no time. So small I have no idea how he was able to turn them.

Now it was my turn. I chose walnut for the wood for the body and decided to make a holder in the top instead of a drawer. I cut rabbets in the front to recess the door into and also for the back. On the top I made a holder from maple to match the door and cut out for it to fit into. A bit tough with coping saw and chisel but I got a good fit. I cut a block for the inside that fills the box, adds weight and keeps the holder, the front and back in place and all is glued together. I added some trim around the maple to give a step raised look and to fill the window, I used antique copper mirror. For a finish I used danish oil. I chose not to paint, the natural wood look just seemed so much better to me.

I have been more excited about this project then I have in a long time. I want to thank everyone that helped. This would not have happened without each of you.

Mikeacg-for the vectors and renderings John McClure-for making that beautiful door HokieKen-for the knobs Mike (my Son)-for the walnut pallet he found for the wood and the photography

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 12-01-2019 02:13 AM

That’s bad ass Jeff!!!


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#2 posted 12-01-2019 02:31 AM

Very nice, Jeff!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-01-2019 02:45 AM

Looks great, Jeff! Glad I could be part of it.
Was expecting a drawer, but this is probably better for cards.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#4 posted 12-01-2019 02:49 AM

Seems like a fun build for all involved.

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#5 posted 12-01-2019 03:08 AM

Wow! That’s so very nice looking. Great pics and details.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 12-01-2019 03:13 AM

This is brilliant! Love it!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 12-01-2019 03:28 AM

That turned out spectacular Jeff! Wow :-)) Glad me, Mike and John could lend a hand but coming up with the design and tying everything together was the heavy lifting. John and Mike did awesome on that front. This thing is gonna stand out at shows for sure!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#8 posted 12-01-2019 03:44 AM

That turned out nice. When your supply of antique doors runs out, you’ll know what you will need to do … Get a CNC machine.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 12-01-2019 04:56 AM


This is really an outstanding collaboration. Isn’t it great to have such a helpful group of LJs?!


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#10 posted 12-01-2019 04:57 AM

That’s great, Jeff. I had trouble following exactly what you guys were talking about in the mallet forum discussions, but it makes sense now. I hope that it serves you well.

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#11 posted 12-01-2019 05:16 AM

Working together was well worth the effort. I cannot believe what a beautiful job those CNC machines.
I still love the brass but it doesn’t compare. Excellent work Jeff.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 12-01-2019 09:30 AM

Anaizing box/holder….true art work if you ask me….

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 12-01-2019 10:09 AM

Killer work, Jeff and Co.

And here I was just gonna route a channel in a lump of wood as a card display for a market next week. Maybe I will be rethinking that???

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#14 posted 12-01-2019 11:43 AM

a piece of art !

-- 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

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#15 posted 12-01-2019 12:09 PM

Killer way to show off your skills and creativity!

-- Petey

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