Year round calendar holder

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Project by KDaddy posted 11-22-2011 10:59 PM 1931 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know about any of you out there but my wife runs our home using a wall calendar. Each year it is a requirement to have a new calendar before or just after year’s end. As a wedding gift we were given a reproduction Coca-cola calendar holder. After many years of use and abuse the Coca-cola moniker fell off and out of disgust and frustration my wife decided to paint it black. Needless to say the old holder was not doing the job. As with many of you I tool a quiet mental note and started designing a new calendar holder, I was determined to make something that was more functional and more appealing.

One of the problems we had with the old holder was that it took a very specific size of calendar which was hard to find. So the first thing I did was to go shopping to try to find out what the most universal calendar size was. After some time I settled on a 12” X 12”, for two reasons. You can find them most places and when open the calendar is 12” x 24” and that has nice cemetery. After picking the size I purchased the wood, in this case it is maple and walnut (as a side note, if you make one of these for a loved one, other loved ones will want one also) and machined them to accept the calendar and the backing. I do not have precision tools for creating 45 degree angles so I made a jig for my disk sander and worked the miters down until I had a good fit. After the initial glue up I created another jig to cut the splines in the corners. While this adds more complexity to the design it also adds a lot of strength. To finish it off I covered it with three coats of poly after sanding it to 220.

My wife loved the calendar and calendar holder, and while it was not the most expensive gift she received that year it is the most cherished.

-- So much wood, so little time

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 11:46 PM

I like it, great job!!! Love the splines!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 12:35 AM

I think it looks beautiful – nice combination and contast in woods. So, how do you get access to the calendar?


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 01:50 AM

The calendar can be taken out of the holder by sliding to up through the top. I made a slot in the top rail that allows the calendar to pass by the hook that is used to mount it to the wall.


-- So much wood, so little time

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