Business card case

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Project by Vagabond55 posted 07-30-2011 02:49 AM 28640 views 146 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tiny project with many flaws.
My challenge this time is to complete the project without any power tool.
It is much more difficult than I anticipated
As the result, so many flaws were created.
But I enjoyed a lot and learnt a lot.
Woodworking is really great fun.
Two Rare Earth Magnets (Diameter=5mm Length=8mm) are used as latch
(Original idea is to shape the latch on the frame but I took easier way)
Hinge is simple structure. After all assembled (glued), drill a hinge hole (d=2mm)
then insert 30mm long brass rod so that I can in/out the rod for hing movement adjustment
After shaving the hinge corner for the smooth movement, cut the rod to 11mm long.
Then plug the hole.

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#1 posted 07-30-2011 02:58 AM

very nice, did you have a plan or did you just make it up? I would like to try this if you have a plan

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#2 posted 07-30-2011 03:14 AM

Very nice indeed. I would like to hear more about how you made the hinge mechanism and the “latch”...I am not sure if that is the right term

-- Tampa-FL

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#3 posted 07-30-2011 03:22 AM

Whatever mistakes you might have made, you did a nice job covering them up.

These are wonderful little card holders. The vertical card case reminds me of a Zippo lighter.

Beautiful wood too. I’d also like to know more about the latch and hinges.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 07-30-2011 03:33 AM

Cool design, and I don’t see any flaws. Neat hinge. I think I see a magnet for the latch but pictures before glue-up would be desirable. Nice job.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 07-30-2011 05:19 AM

Nice design. I really like the way these look.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#6 posted 07-30-2011 05:42 AM

rkevins, I do not have a plan since very simple structure. and modified on the fly. Tow more pics are added so that you take a look in side.
Camper, two magnets are used as latch (but I will make the latch in the frame next time) hinge is simple male/female type with brass rod assembly sequence is 1. glue frame ( 6 pcs = 2 horizontal beams, 2 vertical beams for hinge,2 vertical beams for latch) 2. glue assembled frame on the bottom plate 3, glue top plate 4. plane two plates to frame 5. Drill a hinge hole 6. shave up hinge corner and plate corner for smooth movement

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Don W

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#7 posted 07-30-2011 05:46 AM

I built several card cases many years ago. I still use tha last one I have left. Making a few more has been on my to-do list for some time. I like your design, I may steal it when I make my new ones.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 07-30-2011 11:30 AM

Lovely. Must try some of these. I appreciate the detail.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 07-30-2011 01:50 PM

Neat little cases, you did a fine job of covering up those flaws. Thank you very much for sharing the inner workings, may have to try these myself at some point.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 07-30-2011 03:16 PM

Sleek looking design and i love your choice of a matte finish. Do another!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 07-30-2011 03:27 PM

Thanks for posting the added details. That helps.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 07-30-2011 06:13 PM

I’ve been building card cases for a few years. Mine design is similar but open from the front and use thinner wood.
Nice boxes, thanks for sharing.

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Tim Kindrick

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#13 posted 07-30-2011 07:17 PM

Very nice work!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#14 posted 08-06-2011 01:25 AM

best design I have seen for a business card case

-- Nathan

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#15 posted 08-16-2011 02:42 PM

Very nicely done! I may have to make my own version of these….. of course with a slew of MY mistakes!

great job, to be certain!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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