Name tag rack - Gothic

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Project by mnguy posted 09-15-2013 11:19 PM 13562 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our church, Saint Clements Episcopal in Saint Paul, recently encouraged everyone to wear a name tag during coffee hour. I was asked to make a rack to hold the magnetic tags. I wanted to make something that was sympathetic to our church’s English country church style, and something a little more than rectangular panels. This is what I came up with. There are three panels (the Trinity, you know), each 1/2” red oak plywood framed in red oak. The frames are 1 1/2” thick, glued up from 3/4” stock, and the sections are jointed together with mortise and tenons. The frames are glued into the center post with mortise and tenon joints, and the panels are glued into the frames. I made a steel spider to reinforce the bottom connections. Trying to get all the dimensions of the separate frames the same was tough when I wasn’t sure exactly what the finished dimensions of the curved pieces would be until I dry fit everything. The name tag holding strips are 1/8” x 1/2” steel that was wire brushed and then finished with a coat of BLO.

Overall, it was a fun project, and people at church like it a lot :)

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 01:29 PM

That is a great aids for the rack to display the badges and a nice build you did on it. That is very sturdy with the mortise and tenon joints!! Thanks for sharing!!.......................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 04:19 PM

Great looking name tag rack! Love the design, very fitting to your church. Great work!

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#3 posted 03-28-2019 01:23 PM

Wow, what a great name tag rack! At St. Patrick’s in DC, we’ve been trying to figure out a way to store the new magnetic name tags we are planning to make, and this would be perfect. Would you be at all open to the idea of being paid to make one for us?

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#4 posted 04-01-2019 01:26 PM

stpatsdc – I PM’d you to further a discussion about a possible commission. I am so pleased you like my work :)

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#5 posted 04-01-2019 01:37 PM

Because a nice project deserves a picture that’s viewable.

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#6 posted 04-01-2019 02:53 PM

@Smitty_Cabinetshop – thank you! It looks a lot better that way :)

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#7 posted 07-06-2019 07:40 PM

My in-laws asked me to copy your project for St. Christopher’s in Carmel, IN.

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