Business Card Holders

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Project by BreakingBoardom posted 08-02-2011 08:03 AM 6803 views 26 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I’ve had these finished for a while but just never got around to posting them. They are business card holders based off a design from a magazine article (in Wood Magazine I think). I changed the dimensions a little so they could also fit wallet sized photos as well. I also changed the construction a little to get the color contrast I wanted. The one in the fifth pic was the first one I made. A prototype if you will. It’s smaller than the rest cause I followed the plans exactly on this to get the build down first and then made my changes for the others. And when I completed these, I didn’t have a bandsaw, so I resawed everything on my table saw. Also paid extra attention while cutting the many small pieces on my table saw. Everything turned out ok for the most part.

Pic 1: All four together
Pic 2: Koa and Curly Maple accents. I actually carry wallet pics of my daughter in this one.
Pic 3: Curly Maple and Paduak accents.
Pic 4: Curly Maple with Koa accents. An inversion to Pic 2.
Pic 5: This is all Cherry. My prototype.
Pic 6: This is the Koa one opened to display a business card.

All were finished with some Shellac and then Deft Spray on Lacquer. They measure about 4.25” L x 3” W x .375” T except for the Cherry one which is slightly smaller. All will fit easily in a shirt pocket. All questions or comments are welcomed. Thanks for looking!

-- Matt -

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 08:48 AM

Something else to look at… maybe to add to the range…

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#2 posted 08-02-2011 10:08 AM

Nice job, looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 08-02-2011 04:15 PM

These are so beautiful! I used to have one like this and I lost it when I moved. :( Do you ever sell them?


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 08-02-2011 04:56 PM

Thanks guys. And Sheila, like I said, I made the one in pic two for myself, but the others I made because it was easier to make a few at once. The Cherry one doesn’t meet my standards of something I’d sell, so I’d probably keep it or give it away. I was thinking about selling the 2 Curly Maple ones though. Just not sure how. Considered maybe on Etsy or something. Any suggestions?

-- Matt -

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#6 posted 08-02-2011 07:14 PM

Very nice. Added it to my favorites. Love the curly maple

-- Shrub G. , Dalton Georgia

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 10:01 PM

Nice choice of wood and finished nicely as well.

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#8 posted 12-01-2011 10:45 PM

Matt, I like those holders, I just did a couple myself but a bit different then yours, one has already sold, made them out of Spalted Hackberry. Actually these came for a failed bandsaw box. :)

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#9 posted 12-01-2011 11:03 PM

Blackie – I like that Spalted Hackberry. Pretty cool stuff. And you didn’t so much as fail on a bandsaw box as take an unusual way to prepare your stock for these. lol.

-- Matt -

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